18th Jul 2019

u/20 Six Nations – Italy v Wales Preview


The climax to this weekend’s Under-20s action sees Italy welcome Wales and hoping to build on their win in Scotland. Italy could move to the top of the log if they beat Wales with a bonus point, a first for Italy while Wales will fight to stay clear of the bottom of the log position.

Wales has made three changes as captain Tommy Reffell and Tom Hoppe suffered injuries in France, while second row Jac Price is unavailable for selection after picking up a suspension for a dangerous tackle. Max Llewellyn comes in for Hoppe in the centre while Ed Scragg and Lennon Greggains are called into the pack, with hooker Dewi Lake taking the captaincy.

Head coach Gareth Williams said: “It was a great measure of where we are last week against the world champions, and the challenge for us this week is to replicate the intensity we mustered for 60 minutes against France. There are certain scenarios we need to control more effectively, and Italy will be a confident group following an excellent performance and result against Scotland. “We remember our loss last year at home, and know the challenges keep coming in this Six Nations.”

Italy has changed two in their starting line up with scrumhalf  Gianmarco Piva promoted from the bench replacing Allesandro Fusco the only change at the back. The powerful tight five was left unchanged with #6 Andrea Chianucci replacing Mirco Finotto.

Andrej Marinello and  Lorenzo Citton were promoted to the bench.

Looking ahead to the clash in Galashiels, the Italy head coach believes his side can put down a marker to kick on from. He said: “After all the work done in the first part of the season we cannot wait to compare ourselves against Scotland and start the tournament in the best possible way. Surely they will want to fight back after we beat them last time."

“The mental aspect will be fundamental. They have a game very similar to that of the senior team, based on possession, so we will have to be good at limiting their attacks.”


Wales U20:

15 Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues), 14 Tomi Lewis (Scarlets), 13 Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues), 12 Aneurin Owen (Dragons), 11 Deon Smith (Dragons), 10 Cai Evans (Ospreys), 9. Jamie Hill (Cardiff Blues), 1. Rhys Davies (Ospreys)
2. Dewi Lake (Ospreys - CAPT), 3. Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues), 4 Ed Scragg (Dragons), 5. Teddy Williams (Cardiff Blues), 6. Lennon Greggains (Dragons), 7. Jac Morgan (Aberavon/Scarlets), 8. Taine Basham (Dragons)

Replacements: 16 Will Griffiths (Dragons) 17 Tom Devine (Dragons) 18 Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets) 19 Iestyn Rees (Scarlets) 20 Ellis Thomas (Llanelli) 21 Dafydd Buckland (Dragons) 22 Sam Costelow (Leicester) 23 Joe Roberts (Scarlets)

Italy u/20:

15 Jacopo TRULLA (Valsugana Rugby Padova), 14 Edoardo MASTANDREA (Valsugana Rugby Padova), 13 Matteo MOSCARDI (FEMI-CZ Rovigo), 12 Damiano MAZZA (Kawasaki Robot Calvisano), 11 Michael MBA (Rugby Casale),
10 Paolo GARBISI (Mogliano Rugby 1969), 9 Gianmarco PIVA (FEMI-CZ Rovigo), 8 Antoine KOFFI (Kawasaki Robot Calvisano), 7 Davide RUGGERI (Rugby Como) (captain), 6 Andrea CHIANUCCI (Tuscany Airports I Medici), 5 Thomas PAROLO (FEMI-CZ Rovigo), 4 Nicolae Cristian STOIAN (Rugby Anzio), 3 Matteo NOCERA (Flame Gold Rugby), 2 Niccolò TADDIA (FEMI-CZ Rovigo), 1 Matteo DRUDI (Frascati Rugby Club).
Replacements: 16 Andrej MARINELLO (Ruggers Tarvisium), 17 Luca FRANCESCHETTO (Rugby Vicenza), 18 Filippo ALONGI (The Titans), 19 Marco BUTTURINI (Modena Rugby 1965), 20 Angelo MAURIZI (Rugby Union of L'Aquila), 21 Lorenzo CITTON (Valsugana Rugby Padova), 22 Giacomo DA RE (Mogliano Rugby 1969), 23 Federico MORI (Rugby Etruschi Livorno).


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