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Women’s Rugby Union Wales call on Coleman in bid to boost Women’s Nations League hopes

WALES have enlisted the support of former manager Chris Coleman to help them avoid relegation from the Women’s Nations League.

Coleman memorably led Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and spoke to boss Gemma Grainger and her squad before today’s relegation decider against Iceland in Cardiff.

Wales probably need to win by a two-goal margin to stay in League A, as well as boost their Euro 2025 qualifying hopes, and Coleman gave the lowdown on his time as men’s team manager between 2012 and 2017 during a 20-minute Zoom call on Wednesday.

“One of the things we have done in terms of the mindset and mentality is being fortunate enough to spend some time with Chris Coleman,” Grainger said at her pre-match press conference.

“We spoke to Chris around some of the work he did with the men’s team because that journey is so similar to us.

“He talked about the criticism that team had, and to me that’s a natural part of when a team is successful.

“It was a pleasure to speak to him for me as a coach and also for the players.”

Grainger’s side finish their campaign against two-time World Cup winners Germany in Swansea on Tuesday.


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