Wales announce squad for Under-20s Six Nations
WALES Under-20 coach Danny Wilson has named a 27-man squad to prepare for the Under-20 Six Nations.
Ten players from last year's squad — who secured a memorable win over New Zealand at the Junior World Cup — are named for the tournament which kicks off against Ireland in Colwyn Bay on Friday, February 1.
Six Ospreys — Nicky Smith, Dan Suter, Nicky Thomas, Rhodri Hughes, Jack Jones and Ashley Evans — have been named in the initial squad.
They are joined by Scarlets players Carwyn Jones, Daniel Thomas, Sion Bennett, Rhodri Williams, Steffan Hughes and Dion Jones.
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Ospreys fly-half Sam Davies and the Scarlets duo of full-back Jordan Williams and prop Gareth Thomas — who were all involved in the Junior World Cup last season — will return to the squad when they recover from injury.
The under-20s squad also includes Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell, who was widely tipped to claim a place in the senior squad for the Six Nations.
Wilson said: "It's exciting to see a good spread of players with experience from last season and those who are new to this level.
"We have undertaken a more thorough process this season and between us have seen a lot of regional and Premiership rugby and have had a good look at all the players in contention.
"We also have slightly more preparation time as a squad this year so hopefully we will be raring to go come February 1.
"We have a strong pool of players to select from — Ieuan Jones and Rhys Patchell are among those who have shone at regional level of late, along with Harry Robinson who is already capped by Wales.
"In addition, the likes of Sam Davies, Jordan Williams and Gareth Thomas, if they return from injury, will add great strength in depth and we will manage each player individually in terms of rest and potential regional action — if players are gaining regional experience that gives opportunities for others to develop.
"Ireland had a good Six Nations and Junior World Championship so we won't underestimate the task ahead, but we have a good platform to build on."