VALE of Clwyd rugby players have given their all at one of the world's most prominent stadiums.

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

Ruthin Ravens under-16s took on powerful Nelson Belles in the final of the Road to Principalty national cup on Sunday.


Ruthin Ravens under-16s at the Principality Stadium. Video: MIKE EVANS

It was Nelson who ran out 51-0 winners on the day, but that didn't take anything away from the Ravens' enjoyment of the occasion.

Welsh Rugby Union hub officer for the region Mike Evans said: "You can't get bigger than that occasion.

"They gave everything they could to get the result.

"But Nelson have got a number of internationals in their team and a number of their girls play for the Dragons.

"The effort of the girls was phenomenal."

Last year, under the guise of Ysgol Brynhyfryd, the under-14 girls' team made it all the way to the Principality Stadium.

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This year, the majority of the team are under-15s, which means they will be able to compete in next year's competition in their efforts to make it a hat-trick of Principality Stadium appearances.

On their way through to this year's final, 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.

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