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Lacey named in Wales squad for U18 Six Nations

Bears U18 wing Gabe Lacey has been named in the Wales U18 squad to travel to France to take part in the U18 Six Nations Festival.

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Lacey, who was part of the national title winning Bears side, is named in a 26-man squad for the Festival in Marcoussis from April 9-17.

Head Coach Matt O’Brien has included 10 new players who didn’t feature in Wales’ first capped international in over two years when England prevailed at Taunton last month.

But he was quick to stress that those players who have missed out on selection will still have a major role to play in the pathway in years to come.

“There were some really tight calls in certain positions but we’re happy with the squad selected so we’re now just looking forward to going to France,” said O’Brien.

Wales begin their campaign on Saturday against England before facing France next Wednesday and completing the tournament against Ireland on Sunday April 17.

“England will be without their Under 19 players this time, but they are still going to be a really good opponent. The fact we played our U18 boys last time out will hopefully stand us in good stead,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien is hoping the players who have already had a taste of international rugby can offer support and encouragement to the uncapped players in the group.

“Obviously, it is international rugby so we want to win games, but we are taking a fair few boys that weren’t capped in the first game against England so it is another opportunity to get a few new caps so the boys who have already had that experience can help those new boys along.

“I think the growth in the players from when they first came in has already been massive. Yes, results will be part of it but performances and the improvement of the players on and off the field will be a big thing for us as well.”

Wales U18 squad for U18 Men’s Six Nations festival:

Forwards
Ioan Emanuel (Cardiff Rugby)
Morgan Williams (Dragons)
Isaac Young (Scarlets)
William Rees (Scarlets)
Conall Couch (Dragons)
Kian Hire (Ospreys)
Jonny Green (Harlequins)
Lewis Marsh (Ospreys)
Nicholas Thomas (Dragons)
Gianluca Giannini (Scarlets)
Kenzie Jenkins (Cardiff Rugby)
Lucas de la Rua (Cardiff Rugby)
Morgan Morse (Ospreys)
Harry Beddall (Cardiff Rugby)

Backs
Rhodri Lewis (Ospreys)
Orson James (Cardiff Rugby)
Sam Berry (Dragons)
Harri Wilde (Cardiff Rugby)
Walker Price (Dragons Wing
Ioan Duggan (Dragons)
Harri Ackerman (Dragons)
Louie Hennessey (Cardiff Rugby/Hartpury)
Cameron Davies (Dragons)
Gabe Lacey (Bristol Bears)
Isaac Morgan (Ospreys)
Huw Anderson (Dragons)


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