Thomas-Wheeler free to play in 5th place play-off

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Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler is free to play for Wales U20 in the World Rugby U20 Championship 5th place play-off against England U20 on Saturday.

The Ospreys centre had picked up an automatic suspension having been given two high-risk contact technique warnings during the tournament.

These have been brought in by World Rugby with respect to upright tackles which result in contact with an opponent’s head with coaches then given the opportunity to review the player’s tackling technique to the satisfaction of the Citing Commissioner in order to have the first warning removed from the players’ records.

However, Thomas-Wheeler has successfully appeal the suspension following a detailed analysis of the video footage and submissions from the player’s coach Gareth Williams, which was upheld by the Judicial Officer Charles Cuthbert (UAE).

He has eight U20 caps to his name having featured at last year’s World Rugby U20 Championships and also played twice in this year’s U20 Six Nations, and would have appeared more but was retained by the Ospreys, playing seven times across the Pro14 and Challenge Cup this season.

He will now join Max Llewellyn in midfield for Saturday’s game against England, a boost for Gareth Williams with Aneurin Owen and Sam Costelow having been ruled out through injury.

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