A TV series is following the progress of the Senghenydd Sirens as they come under the guidance of a new mentor – former Wales and Lions scrum-half, Mike Phillips.

Cameras were given behind the scenes access to the Sirens throughout an entire season, and as part of the six-part series, viewers can follow the progress of the team as Mr Phillips takes on his first rugby coaching role.

The 99-cap scrum half, who hung up his boots at the end of last season, said: “The team has been brilliant and it’s been a pleasure to watch them and to be a part of it. They are all characters in Senghenydd and I’ve got to know them well. Coaching them has been a great experience.”

Senghenydd captain and mother-of-two, Keighlee Williams, who also plays for the Dragons, said: “We don’t get paid to play. We do it because we want to and it’s something we really enjoy. It’s not always easy.

“We went 14 weeks without a game at one point. It can be frustrating, but we’re trying to grow the game in Wales. Hopefully this series can help with that and bring in new players to all clubs.

“A lot of people think, ‘I’m too unfit to play’, or, ‘I’m too big’, ‘I’m too small’, but in our team, we’ve got a good blend of people.

“We all come from different backgrounds but we get on really, really well. Most of the girls are from the area, so it’s nice and local. The rugby club is massive in Senghenydd.”

Mum-of-two Ann Marie Griffiths, who plays second row, said: “Everyone was so excited when Mike came to help us. He wasn’t afraid to coach a wild bunch like us! He helped us a lot with our skills, and everyone learned a lot from him.”

The series, Mike Phillips a’r Senghenydd Sirens continues on Wednesday, October 11 on S4C, with subtitles.