Bunyard a member of the 1st
Battalion of the Royal Welsh
Regiment watching the U19 Welsh
THE Welsh rugby team, who played New Zealand
in the Under 19 World Cup at Ravenhill yesterday, have been
preparing for their match in Thiepval Barracks.
Corporal Gerwyn Taylor (29), from Porth,
Rhondda is the Team Liaison Officer (TLO) for the Welsh team
during the tournament which will last three weeks and has 24
nations taking part with over 900 players, officials and media
representatives from around the world.
Gerwyn, who joined the Army in 1998 has
served in Germany, Oman and Kosovo and is currently based in
Thiepval, has a keen interest in rugby and helped secure the
training facility for the team.
A combined services and Ulster senior league
referee and a patriotic Welshman, Gerwyn volunteered for the job
of TLO and is the link between the organisers and the Welsh
Rugby Union, ensuring the team is at the right place at the
right time and sorting out any problems they might have.
He said: "I'm really looking forward to the
tournament, there has been a lot of preparation work done and
hopefully everything will run smoothly for the team.
"I've taken some time off work to be with the
boys and hope they enjoy their time here in Northern Ireland.
"It's been great to be able to secure the use
of the pitches in Thiepval for the team.
"This means the guys from work can come down
and see the team work out. I'm very proud to be with my national
Under-19 squad and be part of this great event."
The Welsh Under-19 National Rugby Manager,
Darryl Hill said: "The training area at Thiepval is just what we
need for the warm up and to have some fellow countrymen support
us during training is great.
"Gerwyn is a very enthusiastic TLO and is
helping make things run smoothly for us."