Wales hosts England at Stadiwm Zipword tonight in a make or break match. Both sides lost in the 1st round of the 2019 u/20 Six Nations Championship but both also recorded their first win in round two of the competition. Wales had a great win of 42-12 against Italy while England won against France 31-19.
Wales head coach Gareth Williams has given his side, which saw 5 changes a licence to thrill in their first home game in the 2019 u/20 Six Nations Championship.
Williams said: "We're really excited to be home again, and the support of North Wales has been amazing over the years, so we can't wait to get out there and continue our growth as a squad."
"We want to execute our opportunities better, we know what our strengths are as a group," said Williams. "We're working very hard to counteract what we think England are going to bring to us, they're going to have to cope with our threats too.
"We want to move the ball, we can be a very expansive team, we have a good level of tempo and we have to be smart with how we approach things with the ball. The boys have been excellent in defence, we were able to meet France's power game for 60 minutes so we're hoping grown from that and take it to England."
"We're under no illusions, it's going to be a tough task, they were fantastic against France, they got caught cold a little bit against Ireland but they were fantastic against the world champions so they go in as firm favourites. We've been growing as a squad and we're really excited to meet the challenge."
Steven Bates, England u/20 Coach, named his side to face Wales on Friday. Due to premiership Club's commitments, he was forced to change seven players who play defeated France two weeks ago in the second round of the u/20 Six Nations Championship.
Alfie Petch at prop and flanker Richard Capstick are the changes in the pack, Alfie Petch will play in his first match for England u/20. Ollie Fox returns at scrumhalf with another debutant Kieran Wilkinson will make up a brand new half-back pairing. The back three see Connor Doherty, outside the centre, and Ollie Hasswell-Collins making their debuts while Tom de Glanville will start his first game for the u/20 side at inside centre.
Steven Bates said: “Making so many changes provides a challenge for the coaches but this is where the training we did with the wider squad in December and January pays dividends. This is a huge opportunity for those players coming in to show how talented they are and stake a claim for future selection. We had an impressive win against France, and the players that have come in since that victory have trained well and we have confidence in them to build on that victory.
“We know Friday is going to be a huge challenge, it is away in Wales and we are expecting a hostile atmosphere but the players should relish that. We’d like to see a combination of the two performances we have had in the tournament. We want to see the forward dominance we saw against France, while also playing with the fluidity we had against Ireland and then manage the game appropriately.”
15 Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues), 14 Tomi Lewis (Scarlets), 13 Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues), 12 Aneurin Owen (Dragons), 11 Dewi Cross (Ospreys), 10 Cai Evans (Ospreys), 09 Dafydd Buckland (Dragons), 1 Rhys Davies (Ospreys), 2 Dewi Lake (CAPT - Ospreys), 3 Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues), 4 Ed Scragg (Dragons), 5 Teddy Williams (Cardiff Blues), 6 Lennon Greggains (Dragons), 7 Jac Morgan (Aberavon/Scarlets), 8 Iestyn Rees (Scarlets)
Replacements: 16 Will Griffiths (Dragons) 17 Tom Devine (Dragons) 18 Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets) 19 Max Ayling (Dragons) 20 Ellis Thomas (Llanelli) 21 Dan Babos (Dragons), 22 Sam Costello (Leicester) 23 Deon Smith (Dragons)
15. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), 14. Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), 13. Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), 12. Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), 11. Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish), 10. Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks), 9. Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie), 1. Olly Adkins (Gloucester), 2. Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), 3. Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), 4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), 6. Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), 7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester), 8. Tom Willis (Wasps)
Replacements: 16. Samson Ma'asi (Northampton Saints), 17. Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), 18. Jack Bartlett (Gloucester Rugby), 19. James Scott (Worcester Warriors), 20. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), 21. Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), 22. Manu Vunipola (Saracens), 23. Jack Reeves (Gloucester)