Wales Under-20s ready for final challenge

Five Eyasses to start against England on Sunday

Wales Under-20s head coach Danny Wilson has made two changes and one positional ahead of the side’s Junior World Championship final against England tomorrow (Vannes, 5.45pm UK time, S4C).

Carwyn Jones has recovered from a neck sprain to take his place in the second row alongside Rhodri Hughes, while Elliot Dee starts at hooker and Jack Jones moves from lock to blindside flanker in place of Sion Bennett who has picked up an ankle injury.

Wilson said, “I’m very proud of the character this group of players has shown throughout this tournament and the outstanding manner in which they dug in to win the semi-final against South Africa along with the two Pool matches against Scotland and Argentina.

“Beating New Zealand last year was a big turning point in our development as a team, and then we’ve consolidated that confidence with the win over another power in South Africa.”

Wilson believes there will be tightly contested battles in many areas of the game on Sunday.

“The commitment of both sides at the breakdown and in defence will be key areas of the game.

“There is an extra motivational factor in that we lost to England in the Six Nations, but more importantly, we must get our execution right on Sunday.

“England were a cut above us in that game, but we have come a long way since then in terms of our performances in this competition, and if we play to our best ability, there is no reason we can’t come away as winners on.”

Wales are hoping to count on the Lion’s share of support from the crowd at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

“We have had great support from families who have travelled out along with people back home, and with the Celtic connection, the Breton rugby public have been very supportive, we are hoping they will wear red to give us an extra boost on Sunday.”


Wales Under 20 v England, Junior World Championship final, Sunday 23 June, 5.45pm UK time:


Jordan Williams (Scarlets / Llanelli); Ashley Evans (Ospreys/ Bridgend), Steffan Hughes (Scarlets / Llanelli), Jack Dixon (Dragons), Hallam Amos (Dragons/ Newport); Sam Davies (Ospreys / Swansea), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets/ Llandovery); Gareth Thomas (Scarlets/ Carmarthen Quins), Elliot Dee (Dragons / Bedwas), Nicky Thomas (Ospreys / Swansea), Carwyn Jones (Scarlets / Carmarthen), Rhodri Hughes (Ospreys/ Swansea), Jack Jones (Ospreys / Rovigo), Ellis Jenkins (capt, Blues / Cardiff), Ieuan Jones (Dragons/ Newport).


Replacements: Ethan Lewis (Blues / Cardiff), Thomas Davies (Blues /Cardiff), Dan Suter (Ospreys/ Bridgend), James Benjamin (Dragons/ Bedwas), Daniel Thomas (Scarlets/ Llanelli), Joshua Davies (Dragons / Bedwas), Owen Jenkins (Blues/ Pontypridd), Thomas Pascoe (Blues / Pontypridd)