Nine Scarlets named in Wales U18s sides to face Scots

Rob LloydAcademy News, News

Nine of the Scarlets title-winning U18s squad will feature as Wales take on Scotland in two matches at Ystrad Mynach on Sunday.

Fly-half Carwyn Jones, prop Jac Pritchard, second row Sam Williams and back-rowers Dom Kossuth and Deian Gwynne are named in the Wales starting XV with fly-half Steff Jac Jones among the replacements.

There is also a development match taking place as a curtain raise for the main international which sees lock Osian Williams in the starting line-up and prop Nathan Davies and flanker Alex Ridgway on the bench.

“What is great is that we have an opportunity through a development game and our capped game to see 46 players represent Wales in what is for a lot of them their first chance in a Welsh jersey,” said head coach Richie Pugh. 

“We’ve spoken about progression through the regions from the Schools and Colleges league into the regions and now there’s an opportunity to put themselves up against some of the best nations and Scotland is the challenge as we build towards the Six Nations festival in Parma.”

Steff Emanuel, who recently signed to rejoin Cardiff Rugby, has been named captain.

Only 26 players can be selected for the Six Nations festival where Wales take on England, Portugal and France between March 30 – April 7 so there is plenty to play for.

Wales U18 v Scotland U18, Sunday 3rd March, Ystrad Mynach, 2.30pm

15 Jack Woods (Dragons); 14 Tom Bowen (Bristol Bears), 13 Lewis Edwards (Ospreys), 12 Steffan Emanuel (Bath Rugby – capt), 11 Joseff Jones (Cardiff Rugby); 10 Carwyn Jones (Scarlets), 9 Sion Davies (Cardiff Rugby); 1 Dylan James (Ospreys), 2 Ruben Cummings (Gloucester), 3 Jac Pritchard (Scarlets), 4 Sam Williams (Scarlets), 5 Dylan Alford (RGC), 6 Dom Kossuth (Scarlets), 7 Ryan Jones (Dragons), 8 Deian Gwynne (Scarlets).

Replacements: 16 Thomas Howe (Cardiff Rugby), 17  George Tuckley (Dragons), 18 Alex Bosworth (Gloucester), 19 Tom Cottle (RGC), 20 Caio James (Gloucester), 21 Tudur Jones (RGC), 22 Steff Jac Jones (Scarlets), 23 Jack Harrison (Bath Rugby)

Wales U18 Development v Scotland U18 Development, Sunday 3rd March, Ystrad Mynach, KO 12.30pm

15 Ben Roberts (Cardiff Rugby);  14 Jac Wyn Roberts (RGC), 13 Osian Darwin Lewis (Cardiff Rugby), 12 David-Florian Petrescu (West Midlands), 11 Oliver Das (Cardiff Rugby); 10 Lloyd Lucas (Cardiff Rugby), 9 Nick Fisk-Jones (Ospreys); 1 Dylan Barratt (Cardiff Rugby), 2 Evan Gallagher (Bath Rugby), 3 Codi Purnell (Bath Rugby), 4 Dylan Hodkinson (Sale Sharks), 5 Osian Williams (Scarlets), 6 Cerrig Smith (Dragons), 7 Evan Minto (Dragons – Capt), 8 Charlie Ward (Bath Rugby)
Replacements:  16 Oscar Thomas (London & South Central), 17 Greg Thomas (RGC), 18 Nathan Davies (Scarlets), 19 Noah Williams (Ospreys), 20 Alex Ridgway (Scarlets). 21 Carter Pritchard (Dragons), 22 Math Jones (Harlequins), 23 Ioan Penry (Cardiff Rugby).