ONE of the world's most iconic grounds is proving to be a home-from-home for talented Denbighshire rugby players.

For the second year in a row, players from the Ruthin area are preparing for an appearance at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

Ruthin Ravens under-16s will take on Nelson in the final of the Road to Principalty national cup on Sunday, April 2.

Welsh Rugby Union hub officer for the region Mike Evans said: "We did it last year with the school and this year with the club."

Ravens beat all-comers in their matches versus other North Wales clubs over the course of the season.

This led to an appearance in Merthyr in the next stage of the tournament, where the Ruthin Ravens finished second to qualify for another Principality Stadium appearance.

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What makes this feat even more impressive is that the Ravens boast a young squad, with the majority of the players also available to participate next season.

"There are 14 year 10s and five-or-six year 11s," said Mike.

The majority of the squad are students at Ruthin's Ysgol Brynhyfryd, with two attending Ysgol Glan Clwyd, in St Asaph.

It will be a weekend tour down to Cardiff for players and coaches.

They will be spectators at the Wales v Scotland women's international on the Saturday, before taking to the pitch themselves the following day.

Captaining Ruthin Ravens on the day will be Hanna Tudor.

This continues the girls' tremendous form over recent years, with them playing at the Principality Stadium 12 months ago.

Last season, under the guise of Ysgol Brynhyfryd, the under-14 girls' team made it all the way to the Principality Stadium - and the route was an eerily similar one to this year!

Brynhyfryd's year eight and nine team was entered into the North Wales competition, where they won every game to qualify for the national semi-finals in Merthyr.

There, they played the best girls' teams from the other five regions and they finished in second place, which allowed them to go into the Road to Principality final. 

In the final, the Brynhyfryd girls took on Bro Teifi, with the South Walians winning on the day 34-19.

Nia Davies, Elin Hughes and Lowri Lewis Jones scored the tries for Brynhyfryd.