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21st February 2007

Wales Under 20s Coach Dai Rees said: "The win and performance against Scotland has given some momentum to our Six Nations campaign.

But we will have to show improvement against France who will be a very tough challenge.

"France have not yet changed to an Under 20 set-up so their side will be more experienced but we are well aware of the situation and we will deal with that.

We are still looking at various combinations within this squad. James Lewis has experience on the wing at Under 19 level so I wanted to try out that option."

Wales Under 20 v France Under 21, Friday, 23 February, Brive (kick-off 7.30pm)
Wales Team: Rhys Jones (Sale Sharks); James Lewis (Dragons), Gareth Maule (Dragons), Richard Thomas (Scarlets), Thomas James (Blues); Rhys Priestland, (Scarlets), Robert Lewis (Ospreys); Hugh Gustafson (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Jamie Corsi (Dragons), Adam Brown (Dragons), Lou Reed (Scarlets), Danny Lydiate (Dragons), James Harris (Dragons), Lewis Evans (Dragons).
Replacements: Mark Jones (Sale Sharks), Keiron Jenkins (Blues), Nick Eaves (Blues), James Down (Blues), Sam Kiley (Ospreys), Darren Allinson (Blues), Alec Jenkins (Scarlets).

Wales Under 19 head coach Justin Burnell has made six changes including one positional to the starting line-up that beat Ireland 31-9 last weekend for the side to face France at Sorgues (Avignon) on Friday night in the second of their three warm-up games ahead of the IRB Under 19 World Championships in Belfast.

Wales Under 19 v France Under 19, Friday 23 February, Sorgues, (kick-off 7.30pm)
Wales: Daniel Evans (Scarlets); Jimmy Norris (Dragons), Luke Ford (Blues), Nick Harwood (Ospreys), Leigh Halfpenny (Ospreys); David Langdon (Dragons), Rhys Webb (Ospreys); Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Huw Dowden (Blues), Patrick Palmer (Blues), Nathan White (Ospreys), Haydn Pugh (Scarlets), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Lloyd Phillips (Scarlets), Sam Warburton (Blues).

Replacements from: Gareth Williams (Blues) Gareth Owen (Ospreys), Luke Hathaway (Ospreys), Ben Roberts (Dragons), Lloyd Elliott (Ospreys), Philip Price (Ospreys), Jevon Groves (Blues), Jonathan Griffiths (Ospreys).

WALES WOMEN V FRANCE (kick-off 1:30pm)

Team: Elen Evans (Dolgellau), Rhian Williams (Wasps), Rachel Poolman (UWIC), Clare Flowers (Clifton), Louise Rickard (Saracens), Naomi Thomas (Clifton), Mellissa Berry (Cardiff Quins, captain), Louise Horgan (Saracens), Amy Broadstock (Llandaff North), Jenny Davies (Waterloo), Claire Donovan (Saracens), Liza Burgess (Clifton), Catrina Nicholas (Cardiff Quins), Jamie Kift (Clifton), Kylie Wilson (Clifton).

Replacements: Rhian Bowden (UWIC), Caryl Thomas (Cardiff Quins), Gemma Hallett (Pontyclun), Nicola Evans (Wasps), Becky Davies (Cardiff Quins), Non Evans (Clifton), Hayley Baxter (Cardiff Quins).