World Rugby U20 Championship: Wales name side to take on Baby Blacks


Wales have made seven changes to the side that struggled to get past Georgia for tomorrow’s World Rugby U20 Championship pool game against New Zealand.


Jason Strange’s side are the U20 RBS 6 Nations champions, while New Zealand are the reigning World Rugby U20 Champions, but both side have lost to Ireland and are realistically hoping to sneak through to the semi finals as the best group runners up.


Corey Domachowski, Dafydd Hughes, and Dillon Lewis return to the front row, with Reuben Morgan-Williams and Dan Jones stepping back into the 9 and 10 shirts, in which they highly impressed during the first half against Ireland.


Shaun Evans returns at openside, he was another who impressed against Ireland, and makes up a strong back row alongside Harrison Keddie at number 8 and skipper Tom Phillips at 6.


The final change sees Harri Millard return at inside centre in place of Bully McBryde, who drops down to the bench.


Speaking to the Welsh Rugby Union website ahead of the game, Jason Strange said:


“Both teams will be disappointed with their performances from last weekend. We are currently training at a higher intensity that we showed against Georgia and the players are determined to get back onto the field and demonstrate that.”


“We were pleased with the opening period against Ireland but we haven’t played at that level of intensity for long enough. If we produce a more constant performance, we know we can do well tomorrow.


“We are really looking forward to meeting the challenge of New Zealand, facing another style of rugby, and that can only be good for players’ development. With both sides keen to play a wide, attacking game this could potentially be the game of the tournament so far.”


Wales U20 v New Zealand U20 – Wednesday, 17.30, AJ Bell Stadium – Live on Sky Sports


Wales U20 XV

15 Rhun Williams (Cardiff Blues)

14 Tom Williams (Ospreys)

13 Joe Thomas (Ospreys)

12 Harri Millard (Cardiff Blues)

11 Jared Rosser (Newport Gwent Dragons)

10 Daniel Jones (Scarlets)

9 Reuben Morgan-Williams (Ospreys)

1 Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Blues)

2 Dafydd Hughes (Scarlets)

3 Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues)

4 Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues)

5 Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues)

6 Tom Phillips (captain, Scarlets)

7 Shaun Evans (Scarlets)

8 Harrison Keddie (Newport Gwent Dragons)


16 Liam Belcher (Cardiff Blues)

17 Rhys Fawcett (Scarlets)

18 Leon Brown (Newport Gwent Dragons)

19 Josh Macleod (Scarlets)

20 Morgan Sieniawski (Cardiff Blues)

21 Declan Smith (Scarlets)

22 Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues)

23 Billy McBryde (Scarlets)


World Rugby U20 Championship Round 2 Results:


New Zealand 24-33 Ireland (Pool A)

Wales 10-9 Georgia (Pool A)

Australia 38-10 Italy (Pool B)

England 44-0 Scotland (Pool B)

France 46-14 Japan (Pool C)

South Africa 13-19 Argentina (Pool C)


World Rugby U20 Championship Fixtures:


Wednesday 15th June

Scotland v Italy (Pool B, Manchester City Academy Stadium, 15.15)

Argentina v Japan (Pool C, AJ Bell, 15.15)

Ireland v Georgia (Pool A, Manchester City Academy Stadium, 17.30)

New Zealand v Wales (Pool A, AJ Bell, 17.30)

South Africa v France (Pool C, Manchester City Academy Stadium, 19.45)

England v Australia (Pool B, AJ Bell, 19.45)

Monday 20th June – Semi Finals Day (Pool Winners and best runner up compete in semi finals, next two runners up and top two third place in 5th – 8th seeding games, three pool losers and worst third placed side in 9th – 12th seeding games)

 Saturday 25th June – Finals Day


World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool A Standings
2New Zealand10126


World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool B Standings


World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool C Standings
2South Africa10126
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