RUGBY: Rhun Williams named in Wales side for Under 20 championships opener

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Mike Williams

EX RGC fullback Rhun Williams has been named in the starting line up for Wales Under 20's opening World Rugby Championships game.

The 18-year-old, from Caernarfon, will start at 15 for Wales for the tournament opener against Ireland at Manchester City Academy Stadium on Tuesday, June 7.

Williams, who has signed an academy deal with the Cardiff Blues, was part of the Under 20 squad which claimed a historic Grand Slam during this year's Six Nations. 

Wales Under 20 head coach Jason Strange said: “We are pleased to be able to have such consistency in our selection from our Six Nations campaign.

"We’ve had a great period of training and preparation and the players are now really looking forward to their first match tomorrow.

“We know it will take a real team effort to do well against Ireland. 

"We are focussing on our strengths and on our own performance.

"We know that if we play to the best of our ability and we stick to our principles of playing attractive rugby, we will be a competitive force.

“We have been working hard to keep making small improvements and our togetherness as a squad has continued to grow.

"We want to express that and keep the excitement going on the pitch starting with tomorrow’s match.

"Our aim is to stay focussed on our performance and on being the best we can be.”

Wales U20 v Ireland

Rhun Williams (Cardiff Blues); Tom Williams (Ospreys), Joe Thomas (Ospreys), Harri Millard (Cardiff Blues), Keelan Giles (Ospreys); Daniel Jones (Scarlets), Reuben Morgan-Williams (Ospreys); Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Blues), Dafydd Hughes (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Tom Phillips (captain, Scarlets), Shaun Evans (Scarlets), Harrison Keddie (Newport Gwent Dragons)

Replacements: Liam Belcher (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Fawcett (Scarlets), Leon Brown (Newport Gwent Dragons), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues), Josh Macleod (Scarlets), Declan Smith (Scarlets), Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues), Billy McBryde (Scarlets)

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