World Rugby U20 Championship: Wales make changes ahead of Scotland clash

Wales have named their side for their final game of the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championships, making six changes for their 7th place play off against Scotland.

 

The game kicks off at 16.30 at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, and offers a chance for Wales to prove a point after they conceded over 70 points to New Zealand on Monday.

 

They bring in Rhun Williams and Harri Millard to the backline after they have recovered from injury, as well as the incoming Harrod Evans at fly half. Morgan Sieniawski makes a first start at openside, as does Bryce Morgan in the second row, with Dafydd Hughes coming in at hooker.

 

Skipper Tom Phillips is out with illness so the captaincy is handed to number 8 Harrison Keddie.

 

Speaking to www.wru.co.uk Head Coach Jason Strange said:

 

“The boys are determined to put in a good performance in response to Monday night’s defeat and in order to finish the tournament and the season on a high. Scotland will provide a tough challenge – we won a very tight game in the Six Nations and Scotland have beaten England and Australia this season.”

 

“While it was disappointing to lose heavily on Monday, it is not a true reflection of our season. Our main purpose is to develop players and learn about them, which we have done without a doubt, especially in the Six Nations, and we have been able to give other players opportunities during this tournament through call-ups and injury, which is positive for the future. We must also continue to develop our strength in depth, a need that is emphasised when you play the likes of New Zealand twice in five days with a depleted squad.

 

“Having said that, injuries and unavailability are part and parcel of sport, and there’s no doubt our players will grow stronger and learn lessons from the adversity they are experiencing at the moment.”

 

World Rugby U20 Championship 7th Place Play-Off: Wales U20 v Scotland U20 – Saturday, 16.30, Manchester City Academy Stadium

 

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 Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues)

9 Reuben Morgan-Williams (Ospreys)

1 Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Blues)

2 Dafydd Hughes (Scarlets)

3 Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues)

4 Bryce Morgan (Dragons)

5 Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues)

6 Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues)

7 Morgan Sieniawski (Cardiff Blues)

8 Harrison Keddie (captain, Newport Gwent Dragons)

Replacements:

16 Liam Belcher (Cardiff Blues)

17Rhys Fawcett (Scarlets)

18 Kieron Assiratti (Cardiff Blues)

19 Leon Brown (Newport Gwent Dragons)

20 Kieran Williams (Ospreys)

21 Declan Smith (Scarlets)

22 Daniel Jones (Scarlets)

23 Joe Gage (Ospreys)

 

World Rugby U20 Championship Finals Day Fixtures:

 

 Saturday 25th June

Final – Ireland v England – 19.00, AJ Bell Stadium

3rd Place Play-Off – Argentina v South Africa – 16.45, AJ Bell Stadium

5th Place Play-Off – New Zealand v Australia – 14.30, AJ Bell Stadium

7th Place Play-Off – Wales v Scotland– 16.30, Manchester City Academy Stadium

9th Place Play-Off – Georgia v France– 14.15, Manchester City Academy Stadium

11th Place Play-Off – Italy v Japan – 12.00, Manchester City Academy Stadium

 

World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool A Final Standings
Pos Team W D L BP Points
1 Ireland 3 0 0 1 13
2 New Zealand 2 0 1 2 10
3 Wales 1 0 2 3 7
4 Georgia 0 0 3 1 1

 

World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool B Final Standings
Pos Team W D L BP Points
1 England 3 0 0 2 14
2 Scotland 2 0 1 1 9
3 Australia 1 0 2 3 7
4 Italy 0 0 3 0 0

 

World Rugby U20 Championship – Pool C Final Standings
Pos Team W D L BP Points
1 Argentina 3 0 0 1 13
2 South Africa 2 0 1 3 11
3 France 1 0 2 2 6
4 Japan 0 0 3 0 0
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