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Ys­gol Bro Dine­fwr’s first-team squad are pic­tured af­ter their 13-8 semi-fi­nal WSRU Plate win against Olchfa School from Swansea. The Llan­deilo school now travel to the WSRU Fi­nals Day at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium on May 1.

Pic­ture: John Davies

stars Jas­mine Joyce and Alisha Butch­ers have earned Bar­bar­ians call-ups.

The duo, along with Wales team­mate Eli­nor Snowsill, are set to rep­re­sent the Bar­bar­ians women’s side when one of world rugby’s most fa­mous teams take on the USA on April 26.

The three play­ers will be part of a star-stud­ded out­fit which will in­clude in­ter­na­tional play­ers from nine dif­fer­ent coun­tries for the game at In­fin­ity Park, Glen­dale, Colorado.

Flying wing Joyce and for­ward Butch­ers have been se­lected in the first batch of 19 names an­nounced for the Bar­bar­ians side.

Butch­ers, who won her 25th Wales cap in the 24-5 win over Ire­land and was named player of the match, said: “I’m so ex­cited to get the op­por­tu­nity to play for the Bar­bar­ians.

“My fam­ily are over the moon and to be able to play along­side Jazz and Eli­nor is amaz­ing, we’re all su­per ex­cited.

“I’ve grown up watching the men’s Bar­bar­ians matches and never even thought I would get this chance. It just shows the di­rec­tion the sport is go­ing in.

“I watched the Women’s Bar­bar­ians against Mun­ster last year on­line and have spo­ken to Tails (Rachel Tay­lor) and Elen Evans, along with Meg God­dard at Worces­ter and they’ve said what a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence it is.

“The whole Wales Women team pro­duced an out­stand­ing per­for­mance to end the Six Na­tions on a high against Ire­land.

“From that per­for­mance I think any one of the team could have been asked but luck­ily enough I got the call and it’s def­i­nitely some­thing couldn’t say no to.”

Joyce, who scored a stun­ning in­di­vid­ual try against Ire­land for her first Six Na­tions score, added: “To be part of the Bar­bar­ians tra­di­tion is some­thing spe­cial.

“I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced the Olympics, Com­mon­wealth Games, Rugby World Cup and Six Na­tions and now I get to be a Bar­bar­ian, too, which is an­other huge achieve­ment.

“Four of the squad were part of New Zealand’s World Cup-win­ning squad so it’s go­ing to be an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Hope­fully our per­for­mances as Welsh play­ers will kick on from the Six Na­tions where we im­proved dur­ing the tour­na­ment.”

Bar­bar­ians chair­man John Spencer said: “The Bar­bar­ians launched their women’s team in 2017 to bring to­gether tal­ented play­ers to play with the spirit of en­joy­ment and en­ter­tain­ment for which the club is fa­mous.

“Tak­ing on in­ter­na­tional op­po­nents for the first time will be a land­mark mo­ment for the team and fac­ing a side ranked five in the world in the USA Women’s Ea­gles will be a marvel­lous chal­lenge.

“It is won­der­ful to see the Bar­bar­ians re­turn to the USA for the first time since 1976, when we played club sides on both the east and west coasts.

“That sum­mer tour saw some of rugby’s great­est names — Phil Ben­nett and JJ Wil­liams among them — in­volved.

“This month’s team will in­clude women’s play­ers of a sim­i­lar stand­ing from around the globe.”

IAlisha Butch­ers in ac­tion for Wales against Scot­land.

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