Wales U20 go for experienced opening game squad

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Wales U20 head coach Gareth Williams has opted to utilise the majority of his second year players in the matchday 23 for the U20 Six Nations opener against Italy at Colwyn Bay on Friday night.

Jac Morgan captains the side from the openside flanker where fellow returning back rower Ioan Rhys Davies joins him on the blindside. Tighthead prop Ben Warren is also a second year, while Jac Price is in at lock.

In the backs there is a recognisable 9, 10, 12 combination with Dafydd Buckland taking over as the starting scrum-half, Sam Costelow getting the nod at fly-half and Aneurin Owen resuming duties at inside centre.

Of the other players involved, Ben Carter is a former Wales U18 captain in the second row, Morgan Strong has been a regular for Bridgend in the Indigo Group Premiership this season and Dan John has been earning rave reviews for his performances at Millfield School in Somerset.

Warren and Davies are two of three Cardiff Blues players involved with this first 23, alongside Theo Bevacqua who covers loosehead prop on the bench.

Wales U20: Josh Thomas (Ospreys), Dan John (Millfield School), 13 Osian Knott (Scarlets), Aneurin Owen (Dragons), Ewan Rosser (Dragons), Sam Costelow (Leicester Tigers), Dafydd Buckland (Dragons); Callum Williams (Scarlets), Dom Booth (Scarlets), Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues), Jac Price (Scarlets), Ben Carter (Dragons), Ioan Rhys Davies (Cardiff Blues), Jac Morgan (Scarlets)(c), Morgan Strong (Ospreys)

Replacements: Will Griffiths (Dragons), Theo Bevacqua (Cardiff Blues), Archie Griffin (Bath Rugby), James Fender (Ospreys), Travis Huntley (Ospreys), Ellis Bevan (Cardiff Met), Luke Scully (Worcester), Bradley Roderick (Ospreys)

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