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DRAGONS LEAD THE WAY FOR WALES UNDER-20

Dragons have had nine players named in the Wales Under-20 squad for the forthcoming Six Nations – more than any other region.

21/01/2019

Tom Devine, Will Griffiths, Ed Scragg, Taine Basham, Dafydd Buckland, Aneurin Owen, Tom Hoppe, Deon Smith and Rio Dyer have all been named by Head Coach Gareth Williams. 

With one eye on this year’s Junior World Championship to be staged in Argentina, Williams has named a 32-man squad which includes 13 players who have already gained experience at Under-20 level.

“This is the first selection point gearing towards the World Cup when looking at the bigger picture,” said Williams, who is in his first campaign as Head Coach. 

“I’ve been really impressed with the attitude, and not just the players who have been successful in making the squad.

“We’ve also got an injured group of players and a training group as well as the Six Nations squad and all have been exemplary. We’ve had three camps with 60 players and the competitive nature of all ensures no-one can rest on their laurels as competition for places across the board has been intense.”

Wales begin the Six Nations championship against the junior world champions, France, at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on Sunday, February 3before facing Italy a week later.

The first home game is at Stadiwm Zip World in Colwyn Bay on Friday, February 22, when they host England. Wales play Scotland in the fourth round before completing the campaign against Ireland in March 15.

Wales U20 squad for Six Nations:

Forwards: Tom Devine (Dragons), Rhys Davies (Ospreys), Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues), Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets), Nick English (Bristol Bears), Dewi Lake (Ospreys), Cameron Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Will Griffiths (Dragons), Jac Price (Scarlets), Teddy Williams (Cardiff Blues), Morgan Jones (Scarlets), Ed Scragg (Dragons), Iestyn Rees (Scarlets), Ellis Thomas (Llanelli RFC), Tommy Reffell – Captain (Leicester), Jac Morgan (Scarlets), Taine Basham (Dragons)

Backs: Harri Morgan (Ospreys), Jamie Hill (Cardiff Blues), Dafydd Buckland (Dragons), Cai Evans (Ospreys), Sam Costelow (Leicester), Aneurin Owen (Dragons), Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler (Ospreys), Tom Hoppe (Dragons), Dewi Cross (Ospreys), Deon Smith (Dragons), Caine Woolerton (Ospreys), Rio Dyer (Dragons), Alex Morgan (Gloucester), Tomi Lewis (Scarlets), Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues).

Wales U20 Six Nations fixtures

February 2019

Sun 3rd Feb 19    15:00     France U20s v Wales U20s          Stade de la Rabine

Sun 10th Feb 19  15:00     Italy U20s v Wales U20s          Stadio Danilo Martelli

Fri 22nd Feb 19   19:05     Wales U20s v England U20s       Stadiwm Zip World

March 2019

Fri 8th Mar 19     19:30     Scotland U20s v Wales U20s          Meggetland

Fri 15th Mar 19   19:05     Wales U20s v Ireland U20s         Stadiwm Zip World

Tickets for Wales’ home games against England and Ireland at Stadiwn Zip World, Colwyn Bay are priced: Adults from £10, U16s £5 and are available via www.wru.wales/tickets or www.venuecymru.co.uk

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