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Mann confident Wales under-20 can rally together to finish Six Nations on a high

Pathway | 12th July 2021

Ahead of the final round of Under 20 Six Nations action at Cardiff Arms Park, Wales captain Alex Mann is confident his side can rally together to finish on a high.

After beating Italy in the opening round of action, Wales suffered three consecutive defeats to Ireland, France and England and will sign off their Six Nations campaign against Scotland.

Mann continues to captain the side from the openside as Ioan Cunningham makes seven changes  to his side, with Ben Burnell, Connor Chapman and Zak Giannini set for their first involvements at this level.

With a number of players involved taking part in their first year at under-20 rugby, the back row is confident that this year’s campaign will benefit the young squad ahead of next season.

“The boys are really excited for this last game. The mood is pretty good and this might be the last time we play with each other,” said the Cardiff academy member.

“We all want to do well for each other, we owe ourselves a win and a good performance. That’s what we’re looking forward to.

“Hopefully every member in the squad will win a cap. Boys coming in like Connor, Ben and Zach have been a massive part of this team in terms of morale.

“They work hard week-in, week-out so it would be brilliant to see those guys getting their caps tomorrow. All the boys are excited for that.

“The 80 minute performance is massive for us and as we’ve said all tournament, we’ve seen glimpses where we’ve been really good.

“So in this last game, if we can put it all together it would be great for us.

“Scotland will bring loads of energy and they’ll want to get that first win. It’s up to us to stop that and I know we’ve got more than enough to do that. All the boys are ready for it.

“Finishing with a win would be massive for me as captain, and all the boys really deserve it.

“We’ve worked hard for each other, we’ve worked for months on this so it would be huge to come away with the win and finish on a high. 

“There’s a lot of young boys in this squad so it’s massive experience ahead of the next campaign. We want to build nicely so we can hopefully win every game next year.”