U20 6 Nations: Fresh face in the second row as Wales name team to face England


Wales have made two changes to their U20 side that beat Italy last weekend.


Both changes for Friday night’s match at Parc Eirias against England come in the second row, with Head Coach Jason strange bringing in Pontypridd’s Sean Moore and former U18 captain Callum Bradbury of Cardiff Blues for their debuts.


The rest of the side remains from last week’s victory in Milan, with a number of players from east of the River Severn involved. Hartpury College’s Morgan Morris starts at number 8 while former Solihull schools star Will Talbot-Davies starts at full back.


Speaking ahead of the game, Jason Strange said:


“For us to be able to introduce two players of their quality to the team is a real boost. Sean has been playing well for Pontypridd and has impressed in training with us, while Callum, who has returned from injury, was one of our outstanding players at U18 level.”


“It will be a memorable moment for our players running out in front of a sell-out crowd, but as coaches we want to see how they react to that pressure against a strong England side, the decisions they make and how they perform is key to their development, which will make it a very intriguing game for us.”


“It’s of long-term benefit for us to give new players opportunities and widen our player base, because we want to have an experienced squad going into the World Rugby U20 Championships in Georgia this summer.”


Wales U20 v England U20 – Parc Eiras, Friday, 19.15 kick off, live on BBC 2 Wales


Wales U20 XV

15 Will Talbot-Davies (Newport Gwent Dragons), 14 Jared Rosser (Newport Gwent Dragons), 13 Ioan Nicholas (Scarlets), 12 Keiran Williams (Ospreys), 11 Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets), 10 Ben Jones (Cardiff Blues), 9 Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues), 1 Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues), 2 Ellis Shipp (Newport Gwent Dragons), 3 Keiron Assiratti (Cardiff Blues), 4 Callum Bradbury (Cardiff Blues), 5 Sean Moore (Pontypridd), 6 Morgan Sieniawski (Cardiff Blues), 7 Will Jones (c) (Ospreys), 8 Morgan Morris (Hartpury).

Replacements: 16 Corrie Tarrant (Cardiff Blues), 17 Steff Thomas (Scarlets), 18 Chris Coleman (Newport Gwent Dragons), 19 Alex Dombrandt (Cardiff Met), 20 Aled Ward (Cardiff Blues), 21 Declan Smith (Scarlets), 22 Phil Jones (Ospreys), 23 Cameron Lewis (Cardiff Blues).

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