Centre Ben John has been recalled to the Wales U20 team to face Ireland at the Parc y Scarlets on Friday evening, taking the number of Ospreys in the starting line-up to four.
John’s selection is one of four changes to the side who beat Italy 46-15, and he joins Owen Williams in the centre, Rhodri Jones replaces Rob Evans at loose head prop, Matthew Screech comes in for Pontypridd team-mate Cory Hill at lock and Luke Hamilton starts on the open side in place of Callum Thomas.
“With this selection, we are pretty close to our strongest side but there are still a few places up for grabs where players have been given some extra game time to prove themselves.
“Our main aim is to keep up the momentum we have shown in our games so far in this championship. Even when we have been down to 14 men, we have played a high-tempo, running rugby and we want to maintain that on Friday.
“Like us, Ireland have beaten Scotland and Italy so far and despite a home loss to France, they will be a well-drilled side, coached by former Wales coach Mike Ruddock. However, our aim is to win the match and we believe we can do that if we perform to our potential.”
Wales v Ireland - Friday, 11 March - 7.10pm - Parc y Scarlets?Wales Under 20: Steve Shingler (Scarlets / Llanelli); Adam Warren (Llandovery), Ben John (Ospreys / Aberavon), Owen Williams (Blues / Cardiff), Harry Robinson (Blues); Matthew Morgan (Ospreys / Swansea), Lewis Jones (Pontypridd); Rhodri Jones (Scarlets / Llanelli), Kirby Myhill (Scarlets / Llanelli), Will Taylor (Ospreys / Swansea),Macauley Cook (capt, Blues / Cardiff), Matthew Screech (Blues, Pontypridd), Edward Siggery (Pontypridd), Luke Hamilton (Blues / Glamorgan Wanderers), Ben Thomas (Ospreys / Bridgend).?Replacements: Sam Parry (Llandovery), Rob Evans (Scarlets / Carmarthen Quins), Cory Hill (Blues / Pontypridd), Owen Sheppeard (Blues / Pontypridd), Jonathan Evans (Dragons / Newport), Rheon James (Carmarthen Quins), Joseff Griffin (Blues / Cardiff).
Wales Under 20 Six Nations fixtures 2011?
Wales 20 – 26 England - Saturday 5 Feb - Parc y Scarlets?
Scotland 3 – 33 Wales - Friday 11 Feb – Stirling
Italy v Wales 15-46 - Friday 25 Feb - Cosenza?
Wales v Ireland - Friday 11 March - 19.10 - Parc y Scarlets
France v Wales - Friday 18 March - 20.30 - Albi