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Owen and Buckland to face Scots

06/03/2019

Dragons centre Aneurin Owen and scrum half Dafydd Buckland both start as Wales head coach Gareth Williams makes four changes to the starting line-up for Friday’s clash with Scotland in the U20 Six Nations at Meggetland (kick-off 7.30pm).

Gloucester winger Alex Morgan replaces Tomi Lewis who limped out of the tense victory against England in the last round, with the remaining three changes in the pack.

Jac Price returns to the second row having missed the games against Italy and England through suspension after starting against France. Having bided their time from the replacements bench, Scarlets prop Kemsley Mathias and Llanelli flanker Ellis Thomas earn their first starts of the campaign.

Boosted by the victory against England, Wales go into the match against the bottom placed team knowing a win would set up a potential championship decider against Ireland in the final round of matches, but Williams says his young squad cannot get ahead of themselves.

"There are a number of changes in the squad, and this is a reflection of the competition we have leading towards the World Cup," he said.

"We are very focussed on the challenge of Scotland. They are a good team who will be excited to be at home and they will pose a real threat to us.

"We've been keen to put England behind us despite being proud of the resolve we showed in gaining that result."

Wales U20 v Scotland, Meggetland Sports Complex, Fri 8th March, KO 7.30pm

15 Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues)

14 Alex Morgan (Gloucester)

13 Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues)

12 Aneurin Owen (Dragons)

11 Dewi Cross (Ospreys)

10 Cai Evans (Ospreys)

9 Dafydd Buckland (Dragons)

1 Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets)

2 Dewi Lake (Ospreys – CAPT)

3 Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues)

4 Teddy Williams (Cardiff Blues)

5 Jac Price (Scarlets)

6 Ellis Thomas (Llanelli)

7 Jac Morgan (Aberavon / Scarlets)

8 Iestyn Rees (Scarlets)

Replacements: 16 Will Griffiths (Dragons), 17 Tom Devine (Dragons), 18 Nick English (Bristol Bears), 19 Ed Scragg (Dragons), 20 Ioan Rhys Davies (Cardiff Blues), 21 Harri Morgan (Ospreys), 22 Sam Costelow (Leicester Tigers), 23 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler (Ospreys)

There are a number of changes in the squad, and this is a reflection of the competition we have leading towards the World Cup...
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