WALES Under-20s head coach Byron Hayward has named a strong side to play Scotland in Bridgend tomorrow (8) as he continues his preparations for next month’s Junior World Championships in New Zealand.
Rising Dragons talent Tyler Morgan is named on the right wing, while Ospreys speedster Dafydd Howells takes his place on the opposite flank.
Scarlets centre Steffan Hughes leads a team that also includes highly-rated Ospreys props Nicky Smith and Nicky Thomas.
A 13-man bench includes Wales Sevens wing Ashley Evans and Dragons centre Jack Dixon, who is set to take part in his third Junior World Championship.
Ospreys fly-half Luke Price has been replaced in the squad after suffering torn ankle ligaments, while Carmarthen Quins back-rower Will Boyde is absent for this game as he recovers from concussion.
Hayward said: “The reason for organising this game is to try to implement elements of our game-plan for the three pool games, especially the first game against Fiji.
“We have played Fiji three times in the last four Junior World Championships so we know Fiji will be very physical and also very dangerous in loose play.
“It’s great to be able to have a really physical run out against Scotland, another side preparing for the JWC, and although we have been working hard on our defensive structures, we also want to show we can play a wide, expansive game.”
Wales will be without Dragons back Hallam Amos, who has been named by senior coach Warren Gatland for this month’s Probables v Possibles trial in Swansea.
Wales: Afon Bagshaw (RGC); Tyler Morgan (Dragons), Harri Evans (RGC), Steffan Hughes (capt, Scarlets), Dafydd Howells (Ospreys); Angus O'Brien (Dragons), Luc Jones (Dragons); Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Nicky Thomas (Ospreys), Joe Davies (Dragons), Rory Thornton (Ospreys), Olly Cracknell (RGC), Scott Matthews (Dragons), James Benjamin (Dragons).
Replacements: Ethan Lewis (Blues), Luke Garrett (Dragons), Benjamin Leung (Scarlets), Scott Andrews (Dragons), Ben Roach (Blues), Connor Lloyd (Scarlets), Ethan Davies (Dragons), Jack Dixon (Dragons), Joshua Adams (Scarlets), Ashley Evans (Ospreys), Ollie Griffiths (Dragons), Scott Otten (Ospreys), Callum Lewis (Blues).