6 Eyasses set for South Africa

Wales U18 are about to embark on their summer tour of South Africa, with three challenging fixtures to test the youngsters' mettle.

On Friday 11th August, they take on hosts South Africa Schools in Stellenbosch. Four days later it's the turn of England to face the young men in red in Paarl. Wales then round off the tour with a match against France in the Athlone suburb of Cape Town.

The Welsh squad has been in training over the past fortnight, with coach Geraint Lewis stating that he wants his team to be "as well-prepared as possible for what's going to be a tough challenge ahead." 

"It's something for the players to really look forward to," says Lewis. "They'll be testing themselves against South Africa, France and England. They're going to be three really tough games, especially in those South African conditions which are really conducive to good rugby, and I'm sure the players are really looking forward to it. As coaches, we look forward to seeing how they cope with the challenge." 

Lewis is once again coaching the U18s alongside his U20 colleagues, Chris Horsman and Jason Strange. This time around, they've enjoyed the input of Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and current Wales Sevens player Adam Thomas. 

The Young Ospreys on tour are Callum Carson, Dewi Cross, Cai Evans, Harri Morgan, Dylan Moss and Jordan Walters.

Wales U18 squad:

Cardiff Blues: Joe Miles, Ben Thomas, Ben Warren WRU Exiles: Rhys Davies (Bath), Ben Fry (Hartpury), Morgan Nelson (Gloucester), Tommy Reffell (Leicester) Dragons: Taine Basham, Lennon Greggains, Will Griffiths, Tom Hoppe, Josh Reynolds Ospreys: Callum Carson, Dewi Cross, Cai Evans, Harri Morgan, Dylan Moss, Jordan Walters Scarlets: Dan Davies, Rhys Davies, Lewis Ellis-Jones, Morgan Jones, Tomi Lewis, Scott Lloyd, Kemsley Mathias, Callum Morris, Josh Roberts, Thomas Rogers.


Full fixtures:

Friday 11 August

Venue: Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch

14:15 France v England

16:00 SA Schools v Wales


Tuesday 15 August

Venue: Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl

14:15 England v Wales

16:00 SA Schools v France


Saturday 19 August 

Venue: City Park, Athlone

12:15 France v Wales

14:00 SA Schools v England


All of Wales' games will be streamed live on the S4C Chwaraeon Facebook page.