Two Scarlets named in Wales U20 Six Nations squad


Wales head coach Byron Hayward has selected his squad for the U20 Six Nations Summer Series being staged in Treviso and Verona between 24 June and 12 July.

The squad consists of 17 forwards and 13 backs and contains five uncapped players including Scarlets second/back row Caleb Salmon.

Also named in the 30-man squad is Scarlets fly-half Josh Phillips who won his first U20s cap in March as a replacement against Italy.

Wales will face Scotland, Georgia and Italy in Pool B before a play-off match to determine their final placing, but Hayward said the squad’s sole focus is the first game against Scotland at Stadio Di Monigo on Saturday 25 June.

“If you get a good win under your belts then you are then up and running,” explained Hayward. “It will be imperative for us to get that first win and that is all we are focussing on at the moment. We’ve got two games after that, but we won’t even think about them until the Scotland game.

“They play an open attractive brand of rugby so it will be a challenge for us defensively which is a big area we have to pick up from the Six Nations and we’ve highlighted that.

“So I think if we can get our house in order there when and we do have the ball we could cause some damage. Saying that, we have full respect for Scotland as we were 10-0 down in the second half against them in the Six Nations before coming away with a victory.”

Wales U20 squad for Summer Series in Italy

Rhys Barratt (Cardiff Rugby)
Cameron Jones (Ospreys)
Efan Daniel (Cardiff Rugby)
Oli Burrow (Exeter Chiefs)
Morgan Veness (Ealing Trailfinders)
Adam Williams Dragons)
Nathan Evans (Cardiff Rugby)
Ellis Fackrell (Ospreys)
Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs)
Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs)
Caleb Salmon (Scarlets)
Ryan Woodman (Dragons)
Ben Williams (Aberavon)
Ethan Fackrell (Cardiff Rugby)
Morgan Morse (Ospreys)
Benji Williams (Ospreys)
Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff Rugby)

Morgan Lloyd (Dragons)
Che Hope (Dragons)
Rhodri Lewis (Ospreys)
Dan Edwards (Ospreys)
Josh Phillips (Scarlets)
Joe Hawkins (Ospreys – Capt)
Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby)
Bryn Bradley (Harlequins)
Joe Westwood (Dragons)
Oli Andrews (Dragons)
Harri Houston (Ospreys)
Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby)
Iestyn Hopkins (Ospreys)

Six Nations U20 Summer Series

Sat 25 June – Scotland v Wales – Stadio Di Monigo 5pm
Thu 30 June – Wales v Georgia – Stadio Di Monigo – 5pm
Wed 6 July – Wales v Italy – Stadio Di Monigo – 8pm
Tue 12 July Play-off – opposition/KO TBC