Wales national under-20 rugby union team

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Wales Under 20
Welsh Rugby Union logo.svg
Union Welsh Rugby Union
Emblem(s) The Prince of Wales's feathers
Ground(s) Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay [1]
Rodney Parade, Newport
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Coach(es) Jason Strange
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Wales Wales 15–28 England England
(1 February 2008)
Largest win
Wales Wales 74–3 Samoa Samoa
(12 June 2012)
Largest defeat
New Zealand New Zealand 92–0 Wales Wales
(14 June 2011)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 2008)
Best result Runners up, 2013

The Wales national Under 20 rugby team is for Welsh rugby union players aged 20 or under on January 1 of the year during which they are selected.

Under 20 age grade rugby came into existence, as a result of the IRB combining the Under 19 Rugby World Championship and Under 21 Rugby World Championship into a single IRB Junior World Championship tournament.[2] They also compete in the Six Nations Under 20s Championship.

2008 Junior World Championships[edit]

In June 2008 Wales hosted the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship. As hosts they played all their group matches at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, starting against Italy on Friday 6 June, before further ties against Japan and France.[3] Wales won all three group matches before losing the semi-final to New Zealand and subsequently losing the 3rd place play-off to South Africa.

For the tournament the same management team remained from the 2008 U20 Six Nations; head coach Patrick Horgan and assistant coaches Rob Appleyard and Wayne Jones. Sam Warbuton remained as captain.[4]

For the next two Junior World championships, Wales alongside France will have to start the pool stages with a three-point deficit, following a brawl between the two sides in the 2008 tournament.[5]

2010 Junior World Championships[edit]

At the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship the Welsh squad won 2 games in the preliminary round against Samoa and Fiji while losing to New Zealand. At the playoffs for the 5th–8th place they first drew with Argentina 19–19 but lost in a drop goal shootout 9–8 and then met Fiji for a second time, again winning by 39–15 to finish in 7th place.

2011 Junior World Championships[edit]

After winning their opening game 34–8 against Argentina they were on the receiving end of a 92–0 thrashing by New Zealand in Italy

2012 Junior World Championships[edit]

In 2012 Wales beat the baby All Blacks 9 - 6, the first time New Zealand have ever been defeated in the competition. This was also the first Welsh win against New Zealand at any level since 1954. However, later in the tournament Wales lost 30-6 to New Zealand in the semi-final.

Current squad[edit]

Wales Under 20 squad for the 2017 Six Nations Under 20s Championship.[6]

Forwards
Pos Player Club Region
HK Ellis Shipp Cross Keys Newport Gwent Dragons
HK Corrie Tarrant Pontypridd RFC Cardiff Blues
PR Keiron Assiratti Cardiff RFC Cardiff Blues
PR Rhys Carre Cardiff RFC Cardiff Blues
PR Chris Coleman Newport RFC Newport Gwent Dragons
PR Joel Harries Ebbw Vale Newport Gwent Dragons
PR Steffan Thomas Carmarthen Quins Scarlets
LK Callum Bradbury Pontypridd RFC Cardiff Blues
LK Alex Dombrandt Cardiff Met Cardiff Blues
LK Sean Moore Pontypridd RFC Cardiff Blues
LK James Ratti Aberavon RFC Ospreys
LK Max Williams Ebbw Vale Newport Gwent Dragons
FL Will Jones Swansea RFC Ospreys
FL Shane Lewis-Hughes Cardiff Blues
FL Morgan Sieniawski Cardiff RFC Cardiff Blues
FL Aled Ward Cardiff RFC Cardiff Blues
N8 Morgan Morris Gloucester
Backs
Pos Player Club Region
SH Dane Blacker Pontypridd RFC Cardiff Blues
SH Declan Smith Llanelli RFC Scarlets
SH Reuben Morgan-Williams Neath RFC Ospreys
FH Ben Jones Cardiff Blues
FH Phil Jones Swansea RFC Ospreys
FH Arwel Robson Newport RFC Newport Gwent Dragons
CE Connor Edwards Bedwas RFC Newport Gwent Dragons
CE Cameron Lewis Pontypridd RFC Cardiff Blues
CE Ioan Nicholas Llanelli RFC Scarlets
CE Kieran Williams Neath RFC Ospreys
WG Corey Baldwin Llandovery RFC Scarlets
WG Ryan Conbeer Llanelli RFC Scarlets
WG Joe Goodchild Cross Keys Newport Gwent Dragons
WG Jared Rosser Ebbw Vale Newport Gwent Dragons
FB Will Talbot-Davies Ebbw Vale Newport Gwent Dragons
FB Rhun Williams Cardiff RFC Cardiff Blues

Management[edit]

Results and Statistics[edit]

Junior World Championships
Year P W D L PF PA Diff BP Pts Pool place Play-offs Final position
2010 3 2 0 1 63 59 +4 0 8 2nd (5th–8th Semifinals) Lost to Argentina 19 – 19 (9–8 in drop goal shootout)
(7th–8th Final) Beat Fiji 39 – 15
7th
2009 3 2 0 1 107 58 +49 2 7 2nd (5th–8th Semifinals) Beat Ireland 19 – 17
(5th–6th Final) Lost to France 68 – 13
6th
2008 3 3 0 0 85 39 +46 2 14 1st (Semifinals) Lost to New Zealand 31 – 6
(3rd–4th Final) Lost to South Africa 43 – 18
4th
Under 20 Six Nations Championships
Season P W D L P Position
2016 5 5 0 0 10 1st (Grand Slam)
2015 5 4 0 1 8 3rd
2014 5 3 0 2 6 3rd
2013 5 4 0 1 8 2nd
2012 5 2 0 3 4 4th
2011 5 2 1 2 5 3rd
2010 5 3 0 2 6 3rd
2009 5 1 0 4 2 5th
2008 5 4 0 1 8 2nd
2007 5 1 1 3 3 4th

Notable former coaches[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]