Four Scarlets involved in U20s finale

Rob LloydNews

Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham has named his side to play Scotland at Cardiff Arms Park tomorrow in the final round of the U20 Six Nations (KO 8pm, LIVE BBC2Wales).

Fly-half Sam Costelow is the lone Scarlet in the starting XV, while scrum-half Harri Williams, centre Eddie James and prop Zak Giannini, who is set to make his first appearance of the campaign, are named among the replacements.

Cunningham has made seven changes to the side which suffered defeat to England last time out.

“We obviously want to finish on a high and that is a focus for us – we started with a win so it would be nice to finish with a win with this group,” he explained.

“We’ve freshened up the playing group as some of the boys have played a lot of rugby and we also have a couple of players carrying knocks.” 

With half of the current squad still available for next season’s campaign, Cunningham believes a win against Scotland would have a significant psychological impact on the group going forward.

“With so many guys available next year, if their last game here is a win then that is what they will remember, so that is a big platform to start from next year,” he added.

Wales U20 v Scotland U20, Cardiff Arms Park, Tuesday 13th July, KO 8pm (Live BBC2Wales)

15 Morgan Richards (Dragons/Pontypridd); 14 Carrick McDonough (Dragons), 13 Ioan Evans (Pontypridd), 12 Joe Hawkins (Ospreys), 11 Tom Florence (Ospreys); 10 Sam Costelow (Scarlets), 9 Ethan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby); 1 Cameron Jones (Ospreys), 2 Efan Daniel (Cardiff Rugby), 3 Nathan Evans (Cardiff Rugby), 4 Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs),  5 Rhys Thomas (Ospreys), 6 Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs), 7 Alex Mann (Cardiff Rugby – capt), 8 Tristan Davies (Ospreys).

Replacements: 16 Oli Burrows (Exeter Chiefs), 17 Lewys Jones (Nevers), 18 Zak Giannini (Llanelli Wanderers/Scarlets), 19 James Fender (Ospreys), 20 Harri Deaves (Ospreys), 21 Harri Williams (Scarlets), 22 Will Reed (Dragons), 23 Ben Burnell (Cardiff Rugby), 24 Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Rugby), 25 Eddie James (Scarlets), 26 Evan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby).