Wales 18s to tour SA
WALES Under-18s head coach Allan Lewis will take a development squad to South Africa in August as a part of a new initiative at age-grade level.
The side will play South Africa, England and France over an eight-day period in what will be the first summer tour for Wales Under-18 since the side was created when the WRU merged the Wales Youth and Welsh Schools set-ups eight years ago.
Lewis has selected a 34-man training squad which will be reduced next month after a period of training sessions.
The decision to travel to South Africa came as a result of the review undertaken following last year's IRB Junior World Championship in Italy when Wales were hammered 92-0 to New Zealand and then lost to Fiji.
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Lewis said: "This festival of rugby will be a fantastic experience for this group of players. Not only will they gain from the training and preparation period, but those selected will get to play international teams in the southern hemisphere, benefiting from the whole experience both on and off the field."
The squad leaves for South Africa on August 6 with the games taking place in Stellenbosch and George.
Wales training squad: Forwards: Callum Jay Lewis (Blues), Nicky Smith, Nicky Thomas (both Ospreys), Jack Dunning (Blues), Rhodri Evans (RGC 1404), Alex Jeffries, Elliot Dee (both Dragons), Thomas Ball (Scarlets), Ethan Lewis (Blues), Joshua Helps (Scarlets), Lance Randell (Dragons), Sean O'Rourke (Ospreys), James Sheeky (Blues), Sion Bennett (Scarlets), Scott Matthews (Dragons), James Tomlin Reeves (Ospreys), James Benjamin (Dragons), Benjamin Roach (Blues), Scott Andrews (Dragons)
Backs: Connor Lloyd, Gareth Rees (both Scarlets), Will Batcup (Ospreys), Jack Maynard (Scarlets), Ethan Davies (Dragons), Ryan Evans, Ben Roberts (both Ospreys), Steffan Hughes (Scarlets), Craig Woodall, Dylan Morgan (both Scarlets), Dafydd Wyn Howells (Ospreys), Lewis Hudd, Hallam Amos (both Dragons), Jake Randell, Dion Jones (both Scarlets).