Cardiff Blues have announced their U18 squad for the 2019/20 Regional Age Grade Championship which gets underway this week.
It follows the previous announcement regarding the U16 North and South squads and their coaching setups, as they prepare to carry on the unbeaten run started and maintained by this year’s U18s.
Those players involved at that level over the younger level over the last two years have not lost a game outside the inter-regional derbies, with first and second place finishes secured in 2017/18 and 2018/19, both in favour of the North, as well as back-to-back unbeaten U16 combined campaigns.
That makes Cardiff Blues U18 one of the strongest sides this season at U18 level, with the quality in the squad reflected by the fact that a number of players have already signed academy contracts, as well as gaining Wales U18 honours.
Hooker Efan Daniel, back rower Ethan Fackrell, scrum-half Ethan Lloyd, fly-half Ben Burnell, centre Mason Grady and winger Ryan Wilkins have all put pen-to-paper to secure their immediate futures at the Arms Park, with Lloyd, Burnell and Grady having played for Wales U18 in South Africa this summer.
All six have been training with the senior academy over the summer, as well as fellow Wales U18 caps back-rower Alex Mann and winger Jake Thomas, and winger Theo Cabango and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, who plays in the centre.
Cardiff Blues U18
Forwards: Rhys Anstey, Rhys Barratt, Harrison Chapman, Efan Daniel, Jack Dauncey, Rhys Dauncey, Corben Evans, Nathan Evans, Sam Evans, Ethan Fackrell, Ellis Fackrell, Iestyn Galton, Travis Green, Cai James, William Jameson, Ryan Jenkins, Lewis Jones, Evan Lloyd, Alex Mann, Oscar O’Hare, Dan Perry, Harri Williams
Backs: Ben Burnell, Theo Cabango, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, Mason Grady, Oliver James, Ethan Lloyd, Cole Morgan, Tyler Morris, Harvey Nash, Griff Naylor, Josh Phillips, Iwan Pyrs-Jones, Keian Richards, McCauley Rowley, Jake Thomas, Edward Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Ryan Wilkins, Cameron Winnett
The coaching staff will once again be led by joint head coaches Craig Everett and Aled James, who have been helping out with Cardiff Blues A in the Celtic Cup over the last few weeks.
They will be assisted by backs coach Justin Thomas, who played 76 times for Cardiff RFC in the late 1990s and won nine Wales caps during his career, as well as forwards coach and Cardiff Blues player Scott Andrews, who has played 167 times for the first team over the last 11 years.
The season gets underway on the road against the Dragons at Ystrad Mynach tonight (Tuesday).