World Rugby U20 Championship: Wales make 9 changes ahead of 5th place semi

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Wales have named their side for Tuesday’s fifth place semi final against Argentina.


The game, kicking off at 1pm (BST) in Narbonne, sees the winner go to the 5th place play off against the winner of Italy v Australia, while the loser will play in the 7th place play off.


Wales finished second in Pool A after narrow wins over Australia and Japan and a defeat to New Zealand, while Argentina impressed but ultimately came third behind England and Italy in Pool B, but ahead of Scotland.


Head Coach Geraint Lewis has again selected Leicester Tigers flanker Tommy Reffell as captain and he is the only survivor from the back row that so narrowly beat Japan, with Dan Davis coming in at openside and Ben Fry at number 8 making is first ever start for the U20s.


It is a fresh second row pair as well, with Max Williams and Bath’s former Millfield star Rhys Davies both returning after missing the last game. Rhys Carre comes in at loosehead with Iestyn Harris returning at hooker, Chris Coleman is at tighthead.


Dane Blacker returns at scrum half, while at fly half Cai Evans moves from his familiar full back role to play at stand off. His move in turn sees Dewi Cross move to full back from the wing, with Corey Baldwin and Ryan Conbeer on the wings. Ioan Nicholas and Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler combine in the centres.


Speaking ahead of the game, Lewis said: “We’ve got a very confident squad of players heading into this game. They are really excited by the challenge posed by Argentina. We came to France full of enthusiasm about the prospect of facing unfamiliar teams like Australia and New Zealand, so the fact that we now get to take on another Southern Hemisphere side has only increased that feeling.”


Wales U20 v Argentina U20 – 5th place semi final – Tuesday, 1pm (BST), Narbonne. Live on S4C &


Wales U20 XV

15 Dewi Cross (Ospreys)

14 Corey Baldwin (Scarlets)

13 Ioan Nicholas (Scarlets)

12 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler (Ospreys)

11 Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets)

10 Cai Evans (Ospreys)

9 Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues)

1 Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues)

2 Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues)

3 Chris Coleman (Dragons)

4 Rhys Davies (Bath Rugby)

5 Max Williams (Dragons)

6 Tommy Reffell (c) (Leicester Tigers

7 Dan Davis (Scarlets)

8 Ben Fry (Dragons)

Replacements: 16 Rhys Davies (Scarlets), 17 Dewi Lake (Ospreys), 18 Will Davies-King (Cardiff Blues), 19 Lewis Ellis-Jones (Scarlets), 20 Taine Basham (Dragons), 21 Harri Morgan (Ospreys), 22 Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues), 23 Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues).


World Rugby U20 Championship Results:


Round 3:


Group A

Wales 18-17 Japan

New Zealand 27-18 Australia


Group B

Italy 30-26 Argentina

England 35-10 Scotland


Group C

Ireland 20-24 Georgia

South Africa 29-46 France


Round 2:


Group A

Australia 54-19 Japan

New Zealand 42-10 Wales


Group B

Argentina 29-13 Scotland

England 43-5 Italy


Group C

France 24-12 Georgia

South Africa 30-17 Ireland


Round 1:


Group A

New Zealand 67-0 Japan

Wales 26-21 Australia


Group B

England 39-18 Argentina

Italy 27-26 Scotland


Group C

France 26-24 Ireland

South Africa 33-27 Georgia


Group Standings:


Group A
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 New Zealand 3 0 0 2 14
2 Wales 2 0 1 0 8
3 Australia 1 0 2 2 6
4 Japan 0 0 3 1 1


Group B
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 England 3 0 0 3 15
2 Italy 2 0 1 2 10
3 Argentina 1 0 2 3 7
4 Scotland 0 0 3 1 1


Group C
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 France 3 0 0 2 14
2 South Africa 2 0 1 3 11
3 Georgia 1 0 2 1 5
4 Ireland 0 0 3 2 2


World Rugby U20 Championship Fixtures (All times BST):


Semi Finals – Tuesday 12th June

2nd New Zealand v 3rd France – 6pm, Narbonne

1st England v 4th South Africa – 8pm, Perpignan


6th Wales v 7th Argentina – 1pm, Narbonne

5th Italy v 8th Australia – 3.30pm, Narbonne


10th Ireland v 11th Scotland – 3pm, Perpignan

9th Georgia v 12th Japan – 5.30pm, Perpignan


Finals – Sunday 17th June

11th Place Play Off – 10am, Beziers

9th Place Play Off – 12.30pm, Beziers

5th Place Play Off – 1pm, Beziers

7th Place Play Off – 3pm, Beziers

3rd Place Play Off – 3.30pm, Beziers

Final – 6pm, Beziers

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