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Wales under-20 set for 'huge' boost as families set to attend Ireland clash - captain Mann

Pathway | 24th June 2021

Wales under-20 captain Alex Mann says his side are set to receive a ‘huge’ boost as families are invited to attend their Six Nations encounter with Ireland on Friday.

Each player involved in the matchday squad has been able to invite two family members to the clash, who will form the first crowd at Cardiff Arms Park since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.

With the entire Championship held at the home of Cardiff Rugby, Ioan Cunningham’s Wales side are seeking back-to-back victories after kicking off their campaign with a hard-earned win over Italy last week.

Speaking to Welsh Rugby Union at the Captain's Run, Cardiff Blues back row Mann believes the performance and result over Azzurri has brought the squad closer together, as they continue to focus on their own game.

The academy product said: “It was massive to come away with the win, and that’s good for the boy’s morale around the camp.

“We’re a tight knit group and that win makes it even better heading into the Ireland game on Friday. We’re all ready for it.

“Looking ahead to Ireland, we know that every team we face will be tough but if we focus on ourselves then we’ll be fine.

“We know how good we are and how good we can be so we’re looking forward to see how good we can perform.

“With the parents there in the crowd, it adds an extra emotion, but that will be good emotion because they’ve been through it as much as us.

“That extra edge when we see them in the stands will be huge for us.”