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Spotlight on Wales Under 18

12th February 2014

After Cardiff Blues Under 18 triumph win in the WRU Regional champions, the team has more reason for celebration as 14 players have been selected in the Wales Under18 side.

Wales Under 18 head coach Allan Lewis has selected a 35 man squad for forthcoming international matches against France and England.

Speaking about the test, Wales Under 18 head coach said, "Playing these Tests against France and England will be a great challenge for this squad, especially with a one week turnaround between matches.

“The competition for places in the group has been keener than ever, with players involved in the WRU Wednesday Under 18 League pushing for places in the Regional Under 18 squads and we are pleased with the skill levels we have seen in training.

“Both France and England will bring a physical challenge and will test us in attack and defence but they will provide a great yardstick as we go forward.”

The first match takes place on Saturday 15th March and will see the team face France in Chartres. Wales Under 18's only home international of the season, against old enemy England and will be televised live on S4C. The match kicks off at 1.45pm at the Gnoll, Neath. Tickets can be purchased from the Gnoll Ticket Office on 01639 636585 in advance or can be bought on the day. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for under 16s.

Following these forthcoming games, Lewis will reduce the squad ready for the FIRA-AER Under 18 European Championship in Poland at Easter.

Wales Under 18 squad for forthcoming internationals against France and England:

Kieron Assirratti (Blues/ Coleg y Cymoedd/ Wattstown), Lewis Kirby (Ospreys / Pencoed Col/ Bridgend Ath), Dillon Lewis (Blues / Coleg y Cymoedd / Pontypridd), Keagan Bale (Dragons/ Coleg Gwent / Caerleon), Robert Lewis (Blues/ St Peters / Coleg y Cymoedd), Leon Brown (Dragons/ Newport High), Harrison Walsh (Ospreys / Bishopgore/ Mumbles), Liam Belcher (Blues/ Coleg y Cymoedd / Pontypridd), Dafydd Hughes (Scarlets / Llandovery College / Llandovery), Adam Beard (Ospreys / Neath Port Talbot College/ Morriston), Matthew Dodd (Ospreys / Olchfa / Dunvant), Seb Davies (Blues / Coleg y Cymoedd / Pentyrch), Calum Haggett (Blues / Coleg y Cymoedd / Gilfach Goch), Josh Middleton (Scarlets / Coleg Sir Gar / Kidwelly), Tom Phillips Scarlets / Coleg Sir Gar / Llangennech), Jon Fox (Ospreys/ Gower College / Swansea), Jordan Viggers (Blues / St David's / St Peter's), Harrison Keddie (Dragons / Coleg Gwent / Caerleon), Matthew Marley (Blues /Coleg y Cymoedd/ Pentyrch), Joshua Macleod (Scarlets / Bro Gwaun / Crymych), Josh Cole (Ospreys / Neath Port Talbot College / Tonmawr)

Matthew Aubrey (Ospreys / Gower College/ Pontarddulais), Michael Hale (Blues / Glantaf / St Josephs), Carl Lewis (Blues / Coleg y Cymoedd/ Treorchy), Thomas Williams (Gogledd/ Rydal Penrhos / Newtown), Jarrod Evans (Blues / Coleg y Cymoedd / Pontypridd), Dan Jones (Scarlets / Coleg Sir Gar / Carmarthen Quins), Owen Watkin (Ospreys / Bridgend College / Bryncethin), Joe Gage (Ospreys/ Ystalyfera / Abercrave), James Whittingham (Blues / Cowbridge), Morgan Williams (Gogledd/ Coleg Llandrillo / Caernarfon), Rhys Gealley (Ospreys / YG Gwyr/Pontarddulais), Ellis-Wyn Benham (Blues/ Coleg y Cymoedd/ St Joseph's), Lloyd Lewis (Dragons / Ysgol Gwynllyw), Curtis Povey (Blues / Colg y Cymoedd / Ystrad Rhondda)