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ENGLAND Deaf battled hard but were still left seeking their first ever win over Wales after a 21-9 defeat in a Deaf International at Pontypridd’s Sardis Road ground.

England were edged out by only seven points at Broadstreet last season and again pushed Wales hard but they had centre Craig Orrick sent off for retaliation late in the first half and conceded two tries when they were reduced to 14 men.

Orrick of West Park St Helens had twice kicked England in front during a tight first half when he landed his first and third penalties either side of try from Wales winger Nigel Francis, who used to play club rugby in England for Birmingham & Solihull and Dudley Kingswinford.

But Orrick’s dismissal in the closing minutes of the first half left England ill-equipped to deny Wales.

Wales regained the lead with a penalty for Orrick’s sending-off offence and unconverted tries in the 55thand 70thminutes sealed a hard-earned win.

England’s next Deaf International is against Scotland at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry on Saturday March 12.

Players are eligible to play for England Deaf if they 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 but can hear normally in the other.

Not all of the players wear hearing aids or only communicate by sign language. This has never stopped all the players communicating and playing rugby as a squad.

England Deaf Rugby Union can offer Deaf Awareness advice to clubs and schools Integrate Deaf and Hard of Hearing players to clubs and liaise with club members to ensure the player(s) are managed correctly.

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