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England Deaf ready for Wales test

08 February 2010

  • Stoyles to pit wits against former Wales scrum-half
  • England face Wales in Deaf International at Broadstreet

Tony Stoyles, the director of rugby of the England Deaf team, has welcomed the appointment of former British and Irish Lions and Wales scrum-half Terry Holmes as head coach of their Wales counterparts.

England meet Wales at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry on Sunday, February 14 (1pm) in their annual challenge for the Broadstreet Cup when Stoyles will be pitting his wits against Holmes for the first time.

"Terry is no stranger when it comes to international matches," Stoyles said. "He has a wealth of experience from his playing days and his rugby coaching roles across the UK.

"I am sure he will certainly have a few tricks up his sleeve when we meet at Broadstreet. However I can say the England camp are so determined to secure the trophy back onto English soil.

"They are more prepared than ever and I am confident we will be flying the England flag on the day."

The Broadstreet Trophy was inaugurated two years ago when Wales beat England 66-7 at Broadstreet.

The English Deaf Rugby Union (EDRU) was formed in 2003 to give deaf and hard of hearing rugby players the chance to represent their country.

Players are qualified to play for the England Deaf team if they have a combined average hearing loss of 25db or more in both ears. This roughly translates to a minimum hearing loss in both ears or a moderate hearing loss in one ear. Not all the players wear hearing aids or only communicate by sign language.

EDRU can offer Deaf Awareness advice to clubs and schools, help to integrate deaf and hard of hearing players to clubs and liaise with club members to ensure that players are managed correctly.