World Rugby U20 Championships: Wales name side as they aim for 5th-8th semis

Wales have named their side for their final group game of the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championships, against Samoa.

 

Having lost to both England and Australia, Wales’ chances of reaching the main semi finals are over, while even reaching the 5th-8th place semi finals is far from a certainty, though a win tomorrow should be sufficient for Wales in that regard.

 

Head Coach Jason Strange has made six changes to the side that lost to England on Sunday, bringing in Callum Bradbury and Owen Hughes in the pack, with Hughes making a first start of the campaign.

 

In the back division Reuben Morgan-Williams and Ben Jones get another shot in the half-backs, with Joe Goodchild coming in on the wing and Phil Jones at full back. Former Sedbergh star, James Botham, is on the bench.

 

Speaking ahead of the game, Strange said:

 

“With the short turnaround in games and two really tough, physical games against England and Australia, which were at a high standard, this is an opportunity to freshen the squad up.”

 

“We have a number of players who have done really well off the bench and they were excellent against England. The squad is in good spirits and everyone is fully fit apart from the usual little niggles.”

 

“Performance over all is what we judge ourselves on and we have been pleased so far, it is just one or two corrections. International rugby is about small margins and if we are a little more accurate and make the right decisions under pressure then we should be okay.”

 

“We want to finish the group with another good performance against Samoa, who will provide a real physical challenge and pushed Australia all the way.”

 

Wales U20 v Samoa U20 – Thursday, 10am – Live on www.worldrugby.org

 

Wales U20 XV:

15 Phil Jones (Ospreys)

14 Jared Rosser (Newport Gwent Dragons)

13 Ioan Nicholas (Scarlets)

12 Owen Lane (Cardiff Blues)

11 Joe Goodchild (Newport Gwent Dragons)

10 Ben Jones (Cardiff Blues)

9 Reuben Morgan-Williams (Ospreys);

1 Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues)

2 Owen Hughes (Newport Gwent Dragons)

3 Kieron Assiratti (Cardiff Blues)

4 Callum Bradbury (Cardiff Blues)

5 Sean Moore (Pontypridd)

6 Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues)

7 Will Jones (Ospreys, captain)

8 Aled Ward (Cardiff Blues)

Replacements: 16 Ellis Shipp (Newport Gwent Dragons), 17 Tom Mably (Cardiff Blues), 18 Steff Thomas (Scarlets), 19 Will Griffiths (Ospreys), 20 James Botham (Cardiff Blues), 21 Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues), 22 Arwel Robson (Newport Gwent Dragons), 23 Cameron Lewis (Cardiff Blues).

 

Samoa U20 XV:

15 Ene

14 Tele’a

13 Paisami

12 Fonoti

11 Pohla

10 Tinei

9 Ah See

1 Fepuleai (c)

2 Sanft

3 Asomua

4 Togafau

5 Toeafe

6 Setu

7 Faalili

8 Tuipolotu

Replacements: 16 Ikenasio, 17 Enoka, 18 Ielemia, 19 Solipo, 20 Ah Him, 21 Tagoai, 22 Moore, 23 Foaese.

 

2017 World Rugby U20 Championship Fixtures & Results (all times BST):

 

Round 1 – Wednesday 31st May
Pool A Pool B Pool C
Australia 24-17 Wales Ireland 21-22 Italy Argentina 37-26 Georgia
England 74-17 Samoa New Zealand 42-20 Scotland South Africa 23-23 France

 

Round 2 – Sunday 4th June
Pool A Pool B Pool C
Australia 33-26 Samoa Ireland 28-32 Scotland Argentina 25-26 France
England 34-22 Wales New Zealand 68-26 Italy South Africa 38-14 Georgia

 

Round 3 – Thursday 8th June
Pool A Pool B Pool C
England v Australia – 5.30pm Ireland v New Zealand – 12.30pm Argentina v South Africa – 12.30pm
Wales v Samoa – 10am Scotland v Italy – 10am France v Georgia – 3pm

 

Semi Finals – Tuesday 13th June

 

Finals – Sunday 18th June

 

 

2017 World Rugby U20 Championship Group Standings:

 

Group A
Pos Team P W D L BP Points
1 England 2 2 0 0 2 10
2 Australia 2 2 0 0 1 9
3 Wales 2 0 0 2 1 1
4 Samoa 2 0 0 2 1 1

 

Group B
Pos Team P W D L BP Points
1 New Zealand 2 2 0 0 2 10
2 Scotland 2 1 0 1 1 5
3 Italy 2 1 0 1 1 5
4 Ireland 2 0 0 2 2 2

 

Group C
Pos Team P W D L BP Points
1 South Africa 2 1 1 0 1 7
2 Argentina 2 1 0 1 2 6
3 France 2 1 1 0 0 6
4 Georgia 2 0 0 2 0 0
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