Three learners from Coleg y Cymoedd have been selected to play for the Wales Under 20’s rugby squad for the upcoming Six Nations.
Coleg y Cymoedd learners Liam Belcher, Dillon Lewis and Seb Davies who are all forwards training with the Cardiff Blues Academy have been selected to represent their county on the Under 20’s team. All three were an integral part of the elite rugby programme at Coleg y Cymoedd from 2012 to 2014 while studying at the Nantgarw Campus.
The WRU international pathway staff have selected a 32 man squad for the forthcoming Under 20 Six Nations, which will be led by Ospreys lock Rory Thornton.
England is first up with a home match at Parc Eirias on Saturday 7 February (7.30pm) to kick off Wales' Six Nations campaign.
National Academy coaching manager Allan Lewis, who will coordinate the coaching of the side said, "We have a young and exciting group of boys with some experienced players from last season.
"We have a clear coaching and playing philosophy which underpins our ultimate aim of developing capable and rounded players for the senior national team. Such aspects obviously take time but game management, heads up decision making and enhancing skills under pressure are key parts of that"
"England will be a huge challenge, as double world champions, but one that we will relish and embrace.
Vice Principal at Coleg y Cymoedd, John Phelps added “We are delighted that our learners have been selected for the Under 20’s Wales squad. It is a fantastic opportunity and great experience for them to represent their country. Hopefully this is a taste of what is to be a successful professional career for these talented players.”
Supporters are urged to purchase tickets for these games soon to avoid disappointment. Tickets for both matches are on sale now from the official WRU website (wru.co.uk/tickets), from venuecymru.co.uk, by calling 01492872000 or to personal callers at Colwyn Leisure Centre and Venue Cymru, Llandudno.
Prices have been frozen for the second consecutive year, meaning seated tickets are £15 and terrace tickets are £10 with £5 tickets for Under 16s and OAPs.
Hospitality is available at £100pp (inc VAT) from Richard Orme: 01492 577914,firstname.lastname@example.org and both matches will be shown live on television, with the England game featuring on S4C and the Ireland game to be shown on BBC Wales.
Wales U20 home Six Nations fixtures:
Wales v England Sat 7th Feb 2015 7.30pm (S4C)
Wales v Ireland Fri 13th March 2015 7.45pm (BBC Wales)
Wales Under 20 Six Nations squad:
Luke Garrett (Dragons), Harrison Walsh (Ospreys), Dillon Lewis (Blues), Alex Jeffries (Dragons), Joe Jones (Blues), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Liam Belcher (Blues), Torin Myhill (Scarlets), Joe Davies (Dragons), Rory Thornton (Ospreys), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Seb Davies (Blues), Tom Phillips (Scarlets), Ollie Griffiths (Dragons), Harrison Keddie (Dragons), Jordan Viggers (Blues), Rory Bartle (Gloucester).
Tom Williams (Blues), Kieran Hardy (Scarlets), Owen Davies (Dragons), Daniel Jones (Scarlets), Callum Sheedy (Bristol), Garyn Smith (Blues), Tyler Morgan (Dragons), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Danny Cross (RGC), Barney Nightingale (Dragons), Joshua Adams (Scarlets), Rhys Williams (Leicester), Elis-Wyn Benham (Blues), James Whittingham (Blues), Dafydd Howells (Ospreys).