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Nick English named in Wales U20 Six Nations squad

Academy prop, Nick English has been named in a 32-man Wales U20 squad for the 2019 Six Nations championship.

The tighthead will join up with Gareth Williams’ squad as they prepare for their Six Nations opener against France U20 on Sunday, 3rd February in Vannes.

"This is the first selection point gearing towards the World Cup when looking at the bigger picture," explained Williams who is in his first campaign as head coach.

"I've been really impressed with the boys attitude and not just the players who have been successful in making the squad.

"We've also got an injured group of players and a training group as well as the Six Nations squad and all have been exemplary. We've had three camps with 60 players and the competitive nature of all ensures no-one can rest on their laurels as competition for places across the board has been intense."

Wales begin the championship against the junior world champions, France, at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on Sunday, 3rd February before facing Italy a week later.

“Under the guidance of Mark Irish, Nick is developing into a very accomplished scrummager and we are looking forward to seeing that on the international U20’s stage.”

Mike Hall, Academy manager

Their first home game at Stadiwm Zip World in Colwyn Bay is in the third round of action on Friday 22nd February, when they host England. Wales play Scotland in the fourth round before completing their campaign against Ireland on Friday 15th March.

“It’s great to see Nick’s efforts over the last two seasons recognised in this way,” said Academy manager, Mike Hall.

“He has worked extremely hard at his game since graduating from the U18s, and being at Hartpury this season has enabled him to play both BUCS Super Rugby and be involved in the senior squad there too.

“Under the guidance of Mark Irish, Nick is developing into a very accomplished scrummager and we are looking forward to seeing that on the international U20’s stage.” 

Forwards: Tom Devine (Dragons), Rhys Davies (Ospreys), Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues), Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets), Nick English (Bristol Bears), Dewi Lake (Ospreys), Cameron Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Will Griffiths (Dragons), Jac Price (Scarlets), Teddy Williams (Cardiff Blues), Morgan Jones (Scarlets), Ed Scragg (Dragons), Iestyn Rees (Scarlets), Ellis Thomas (Llanelli RFC), Tommy Reffell – Captain (Leicester), Jac Morgan (Scarlets), Taine Basham (Dragons).

Backs: Harri Morgan (Ospreys), Jamie Hill (Cardiff Blues), Dafydd Buckland (Dragons), Cai Evans (Ospreys), Sam Costelow (Leicester), Aneurin Owen (Dragons), Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler (Ospreys), Tom Hoppe (Dragons), Dewi Cross (Ospreys), Deon Smith (Dragons), Caine Woolerton (Ospreys), Rio Dyer (Dragons), Alex Morgan (Gloucester), Tomi Lewis (Scarlets), Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues).