Wales Under 20 head coach Jason Strange has named seven Young Ospreys in his 31-man squad for the forthcoming Six Nations tournament.
Adam Beard, Keelan Giles, Joe Gage, Joe Thomas, Owen Watkin, Kieran Williams and Tom Williams are the Eyasses included in the squad.
A total of twelve players in the squad gained Wales Under 20 caps last season, while five players have featured for their professional regions in the Guinness Pro 12 and in Europe this season.
Strange, who was named Wales Under 20 head coach at the start of the season, said, “We are genuinely enthused by the potential quality in the squad, and excited at the prospect of competing in the Under 20 Six Nations which is such a competitive tournament and a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills.
“Our targets, primarily are to play a style of rugby which is enjoyable to play and watch, and will benefit player development. Secondly, we want to ensure we help players to maximise their potential by creating a high quality environment which embodies the values and behaviours we identify with as a group. We feel if we do that, we will not only produce quality players but rounded individuals. Victories are important, but a bigger agenda is to prepare players for the professional game by exposing them to international rugby. For us, Tom Phillips was an obvious choice as captain, he is someone who leads by example both on and off the pitch.”
Wales travel to Dublin to play Ireland at Donnybrook on Friday 5 February (19.35), before welcoming Scotland to Eirias on Friday 12 February (6.30pm) and then France on Saturday 27 February (19.45).
Strange, whose assistant coaches are Geraint Lewis, Chris Horsman and Richard Hodges, added, “We know playing Ireland away in Round 1 will be a tough challenge, but as a result of teams changing so much from one season to the next at this age, we will be focussing on our own game and ensuring we are well prepared.
“We get a huge boost from the crowd and the welcome we receive at Parc Eirias and we will be looking forward to returning there for the following two games against Scotland and France, and for the final game against Italy after playing England in Bristol
“We will look to expose as many players as possible to this level of rugby during the Six Nations tournament, with one eye firmly fixed on the World Rugby U20 Championship in England in June. There are a number of players ruled out through injury at the moment who could bolster the squad for that tournament.”
Wales Under 20 Six Nations squad:
Forwards:Tom Phillips (captain, Scarlets), Rhys Fawcett (Scarlets), Corey Domachowski (Blues), Leon Brown (Dragons), Kieron Assiratti (Blues), Dillon Lewis (Blues), Dafydd Hughes (Scarlets), Ifan Phillips (Scarlets), Tim Grey (RGC 1404), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Bryce Morgan (Dragons), Shane Lewis-Hughes (Blues), Shaun Evans (Scarlets), Harrison Keddie (Dragons), Morgan Sieniawski (Blues)
Backs: Declan Smith (Scarlets), Cameron Davies (RGC 1404), Daniel Jones (Scarlets), Billy McBryde (Scarlets), Jarrod Evans (Blues), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Kieran Williams (Ospreys), Joe Thomas (Ospreys), Barney Nightingale (Dragons), Harri Millard (Blues), Elis-Wyn Benham (Blues), Tom Williams (Ospreys), George Gasson (Dragons), Keelan Giles (Ospreys), Rhun Williams (RGC 1404), Joe Gage (Ospreys)
Wales Under Six Nations fixtures:
Ireland U20 v Wales Friday 5 February, Donnybrook (7.35pm)
Wales U20 v Scotland Friday 12 February, Parc Eirias (6.30pm, S4C)
Wales U20 v France Saturday 27 February, Parc Eirias (7.45pm, S4C)
England U20 v Wales Friday 11 March Ashton Gate (7.45pm)
Wales U20 v Italy Friday 18 March, Parc Eirias (7.05pm, BBC Wales)
Wales U20 home Six Nations tickets are available from:
Venue Cymru: www.venuecymru.co.uk, over the counter at their Llandudno box office or by calling the box office on 01492 872000.
WRU: www.wru.wales/tickets or by calling WRU ticket line on 0844 847 1881
Terrace tickets can also be bought from Colwyn Leisure Centre to personal callers or over the phone on 01492 577900.
There is still time to book a discounted season pass for all three Wales U20 home matches. An U20 season pass which includes entry for all three home games is £20 for adults and £10 for under 16s. Prices for the individual matches have once again been frozen at £15 for seated tickets and £10 and £5 for adult and Under 16 standing tickets.
Under 20 Season pass available online from wru.wales/tickets or to personal callers and over the phone at Venue Cymru. There is a £1 per ticket booking fee from all outlets