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World Rugby U20 Championships: Wales shake up their team for 7th place play off

16th June 2018
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Wales have named their U20 side to face Italy in Sunday’s 7th place play off at the World Rugby U20 Championships.

 

Leicester Tigers flanker Tommy Reffell gets a rest for the first time in the tournament, he will start on the bench so Ioan Nicholas of the Scarlets will captain the side from outside centre.

 

In total there are six changes to the side that lost to Argentina in the 5th-8th place semi final, Joe Goodchild comes in at full back, with Max Llewellyn getting a first start of the tournament, he comes in at inside centre, while Harri Morgan starts at scrum half.

 

Up front Dewi Lake comes in at hooker, while Taine Basham starts at number 8, Lennon Greggains is the man to replace Reffelll at blindside.

 

Speaking ahead of the game, Wales U20 Head Coach Geraint Lewis said:

 

“The players are aware of the Italians’ strengths, having lost against them in Colwyn Bay a few months ago, so it’s up to them to put it right tomorrow, it was great to start our time in France with a good win, but now we’d like a positive performance and result to finish it as well.”

 

Wales U20 v Italy U20: 7th place play off, Sunday 17th June, 3pm, Beziers – live on S4C.

 

Wales U20 XV:

15 Joe Goodchild (Dragons)

14 Corey Baldwin (Scarlets)

13 Ioan Nicholas (c) (Scarlets)

12 Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues)

11 Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets)

10 Cai Evans (Ospreys)

9 Harri Morgan (Ospreys)

1 Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues)

2 Dewi Lake (Ospreys)

3 Chris Coleman (Dragons)

4 Rhys Davies (Bath)

5 Max Williams (Dragons)

6 Lennon Greggains (Dragons)

7 Dan Davis (Scarlets)

8 Taine Basham (Dragons)

Replacements: 16 Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues), 17 Rhys Davies (Scarlets), 18 Rhys Henry (Ospreys), 19 Jack Pope (Bridgend), 20 Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers), 21 Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues), 22 Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues), 23 Dewi Cross (Ospreys).

 

2018 World Rugby U20 Championship Finals Day Fixtures (All times BST), Sunday 17th June:

 

Ireland v Japan – 11th Place Play Off – 10am, Beziers

Scotland v Georgia – 9th Place Play Off – 12.30pm, Beziers

Argentina v Australia – 5th Place Play Off – 1pm, Beziers

Wales v Italy – 7th Place Play Off – 3pm, Beziers

South Africa v New Zealand – 3rd Place Play Off – 3.30pm, Beziers

England v France – Final – 6pm, Beziers

 

World Rugby U20 Championship Results:

 

Semi Finals – Tuesday 12th June

 

Semis:

New Zealand 7-16 France

England 32-31 South Africa

 

5th-8th

Wales 15-39 Argentina

Italy 15-44 Australia

 

9th-12th

Ireland 29-45 Scotland

Georgia 24-22 Japan

 

Round 3:

 

Group A

Wales 18-17 Japan

New Zealand 27-18 Australia

 

Group B

Italy 30-26 Argentina

England 35-10 Scotland

 

Group C

Ireland 20-24 Georgia

South Africa 29-46 France

 

Round 2:

 

Group A

Australia 54-19 Japan

New Zealand 42-10 Wales

 

Group B

Argentina 29-13 Scotland

England 43-5 Italy

 

Group C

France 24-12 Georgia

South Africa 30-17 Ireland

 

Round 1:

 

Group A

New Zealand 67-0 Japan

Wales 26-21 Australia

 

Group B

England 39-18 Argentina

Italy 27-26 Scotland

 

Group C

France 26-24 Ireland

South Africa 33-27 Georgia

 

Group Standings:

 

Group A
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 New Zealand 3 0 0 2 14
2 Wales 2 0 1 0 8
3 Australia 1 0 2 2 6
4 Japan 0 0 3 1 1

 

Group B
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 England 3 0 0 3 15
2 Italy 2 0 1 2 10
3 Argentina 1 0 2 3 7
4 Scotland 0 0 3 1 1

 

Group C
Pos Team W D L BPs Points
1 France 3 0 0 2 14
2 South Africa 2 0 1 3 11
3 Georgia 1 0 2 1 5
4 Ireland 0 0 3 2 2