U20's defeated in first game

An Ospreys U20 team suffered defeat at the hands of an experienced North Wales side containing eight Canadian internationals at Maesteg RFC.


It was the first game for a development team predominantly selected from the Afan Nedd, Bridgend and Swansea District U19’s teams, with a handful of U20 players just out of youth rugby, as part of the Ospreys ongoing player identification programme.

It was a difficult afternoon for the young Ospreys, who went down 71-10, with two tries from Mike Powell and Trystan Herdman, but Age Grade Development Manager, Steve Tandy, said that despite being a one-sided affair it had been a worthwhile venture with much to be happy with:

“It was a difficult afternoon for such a young team, finding themselves up against a much older team that included a number of players vying for a spot in the Canadian Rugby World Cup squad, but all credit has to be given to the players involved.

“They were gutsy and brave, and really kept going to the end, showing some great character when up against it. This was a side that had never played together previously, and was mainly U19 District players, and most of them had also played for their clubs the previous day, so looking at things in perspective, it was a difficult task for them but they certainly didn’t shy away from the challenge.”

Ospreys U20 squad:



Chad Punchard 

Lewis Harrhy 

Andrew Claypole

Will Hodnett

Mike Powell

Josh Austin

Tom Barry

Jackson Seabo

Arron Jones

Rhys Bevan




Luke Myatt

Ryan Curtis

Ian Williams

Luke Joseph

Jon Davies

Tom Carney

Sean Derrick 

Richard Smart

Alun Rees

Gareth Thomas

Trystan Herdman

Ben Jones