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Barratt starts at loosehead as Wales under-20 aim to bounce back against Scotland

International | 9th February 2022

Rhys Barratt has been called into the Wales under-20 line-up for Friday’s home Six Nations clash against Scotland at Parc Eirias (KO 8.00pm).

The Cardiff loosehead is one of eight changes made following last week’s heavy defeat in Ireland, as Byron Hayward’s side look to bounce back in front of the Colwyn Bay crowd. Barratt came off the bench at Musgrave Park, impressing with ball in hand in the latter stages of the game.

A total of five Cardiff academy players feature in the starting line-up, with captain Alex Mann switching to number eight, having started on the blindside in Cork.

Ethan Fackrell continues on the openside while Efan Daniel is passed fit to wear the number two jersey, having been forced off in the first half last week.

Despite a host of changes along the backline, Cameron Winnett is one who retains his starting spot at full back. 

Looking ahead to Friday's encounter, Hayward said: “We have got to put last week’s game behind us and look forward to this weekend and get back on track with a good win on Friday night.“Scotland are a big side and were very physical against England and that is something we weren’t against Ireland. First and foremost, on Friday night we need to wear the jersey and put the pride back into the jersey.“We created opportunities against Ireland, we had eight line-breaks in the game and we should have scored. In the second half we had an opportunity to score under the posts if we had moved the ball to Cameron Winnett - so that’s a possible 28 points we left on the field.“It’s impossible to win a game of rugby when you give 18 penalties away. Like I said last week, I believe if we get quality possession, we can score some good tries.“A great crowd of 8,000 people certainly spurred on the Irish boys, and it’s done that for us in the past. They are a good passionate crowd up in North Wales and all the boys are relishing singing the anthem, getting out on the field, and performing and leaving everything on the pitch.”

Wales U20 v Scotland U20, Parc Eirias, Fri 11 Feb, KO 8pm (Live S4C)15 Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby)14 Harri Houston (Ospreys)13 Eddie James (Scarlets)12 Joe Hawkins (Ospreys)11 Oli Andrew (Dragons)10 Jac Lloyd (Bristol Bears)9 Archie Hughes (Scarlets);1 Rhys Barratt (Cardiff Rugby)2 Efan Daniel (Cardiff Rugby)3 Adam Williams Dragons)4 Benji Williams (Ospreys)5 Ryan Woodman (Dragons)6 Tom Cowan (Bath Rugby)7 Ethan Fackrell (Cardiff Rugby)8 Alex Mann (Cardiff Rugby - Capt)Replacements16 Morgan Veness (Ealing Trailfinders)17 Joe Cowell (Cardiff Met)18 Ellis Fackrell (Ospreys)19 Lewis Jones (Ospreys)20 Morgan Morse (Ospreys)21 Morgan Lloyd (Dragons)22 Dan Edwards (Ospreys)23 Joe Westwood (Dragons)