Wales Under 20 head coach Darren Edwards has named five Young Ospreys in his starting XV to face England at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday evening (6.30pm).
Centre Ben John, wing Eli Walker, fly half Matthew Morgan, prop Will Taylor (who made his senior Ospreys debut against Cardiff Blues at the weekend) and back-row Ben Thomas will all line up in a Wales shirt at the weekend.
Blues lock Macauley Cook has been named as captain for the tournament.
Edwards said: “Macauley is a natural leader on and off the field and was a key player in last year’s Under 20 Six Nations side, so he will bring that experience to the table. There were some tough decisions to be made, especially at outside half. It was a tight call but Matthew Morgan has had the nod over both Steve Shingler of the Scarlets and Joseff Griffin of the Blues who has been called into the squad as extra cover in that position. All three were in action for their Regions in the LV=Cup on the weekend and they are all set to feature in this campaign.
“At centre we also have three experienced players in Jack Gadd, who has been performing well for Bristol in the England Championship, Owen Williams, and Ben John who has been called up to the squad after recovering from injury.
“This will be a tough opener for us but it will give us a clear idea of where we are and where we need to go. You don’t get many bigger challenges than playing a strong England side at home to kick off the Six Nations and we need to make sure we stay focussed on our own game."
Wales U20 v England: Liam Williams (Llanelli), Harry Robinson (Blues), Ben John (Ospreys/ Aberavon), Jack Gadd (Bristol), Eli Walker (Ospreys / Swansea); Matthew Morgan (Ospreys / Swansea), Aled Davies (Scarlets / Llanelli); Rhodri Jones (Scarlets / Llanelli), Kirby Myhill (Scarlets / Llanelli), Will Taylor (Ospreys / Swansea), Macauley Cook (capt, Blues / Cardiff), Matthew Screech (Blues / Pontypridd), Edward Siggery (Pontypridd), Calum Thomas (Blues / Pontypridd), Ben Thomas (Ospreys / Bridgend).
Replacements: Rob Evans (Scarlets / Carmarthen Quins), Sam Parry (Llandovery), Cory Hill (Blues / Pontypridd), Luke Hamilton (Blues / Glamorgan Wanderers), Jonathan Evans (Dragons / Newport, Steve Shingler (Scarlets / Llanelli), Owen Williams (Blues/Cardiff). Travelling reserve: Adam Warren (Llandovery),
Wales Under 20 Six Nations fixtures 2011
Wales v England - Saturday 5 Feb - 18.30 - Parc y Scarlets
Scotland v Wales - Friday 11 Feb - 19.30 - Sterling
Italy v Wales - Friday 25 Feb - 19.00 - Cosenza
Wales v Ireland - Friday 11 March - 19.10 - Parc y Scarlets
France v Wales - Friday 18 March - 20.30 - Albi
Tickets for Wales’ home games at Parc y Scarlets are just £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s and are available now from the Parc y Scarlets ticket office (tel / 0871 871 8088 / www.scarlets.co.uk ) and from Ticketmaster tel 08442 777 888 / www.ticketmaster.co.uk