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IRB Junior World Championship: Wales make wholesale changes for Scotland clash

Last Updated: 08/06/13 3:43pm

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Wales Under-20s have made eight changes for their IRB Junior World Championship clash with Scotland in Nantes on Sunday.

The Welsh opened up their campaign with a convincing rout of Samoa, while Scotland suffered a heavy loss to Argentina.

Jordan Williams, Aaron Warren, Rhodri Williams and Nicky Smith all make their JWC debuts, while Thomas Pascoe, Elliot Dee, Sion Bennett and Jack Jones also start.


Head coach Danny Wilson said: "We believe we have made relevant changes to keep the squad fresh and reward players who have earned starting places through their performances in training."


Scotland head coach Sean Lineen has made three changes following the 44-13 loss to the Pumas.

Damien Hoyland and Alex Henderson have been brought in for the injured Ruaridh Young (leg) and the benched Tommy Spinks, while Robbie Fergusson will partner Mark Bennett in the centres.

Lineen said: "It's going to be tough. Overall we had a strong and competitive Six Nations but, if there was one team the players would love to play again, it's Wales.

"It's something they've been looking forward to for a while and they're out to make a point.

"Wales are a quality side. They're an excellent counter attacking team and have a very strong scrum. They're big lads too so we're going to have to make sure we play the game in the right areas."

Wales Under-20: 15 Jordan Williams, 14 Aaron Warren, 13 Steffan Hughes, 12 Thomas Pascoe, 11 Ashley Evans, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Rhodri Williams, 1 Nicky Smith, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Nicky Thomas, 4 Jack Jones, 5 Rhodri Hughes, 6 Ellis Jenkins (capt), 7 Daniel Thomas, 8 Sion Bennett.
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Dan Suter, 19 Carwyn Jones, 20 James Benjamin, 21 Joshua Davies, 22 Owen Jenkins, 23 Jack Dixon.

Scotland Under-20s: 15 Damien Hoyland, 14 Jamie Farndale, 13 Robbie Fergusson, 12 Mark Bennett, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Tommy Allan, 9 Scott Steele, 1 Jamie Bhatti, 2 Russell Anderson, 3 D'Arcy Rae, 4 Adam Sinclair, 5 Jonny Gray (capt), 6 Alex Henderson, 7 Will Bordill, 8 Adam Ashe.
Replacements: 16 Callum Black, 17 James Malcolm, 18 Phil Cringle, 19 Eoghan Masterson, 20 Tommy Spinks, 21 Ali Price, 22 Chris Auld, 23 Jamie Kilmartin

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