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Davies proud of squad effort after Wales under-20 victory over England

Age Grade & Academy | 8th March 2020

Ioan Rhys Davies says the entire Wales under-20 squad can be proud after they dug deep to claim a stunning Six Nations win over England at Kingsholm.

The Cardiff Blues back row, who has started in all games of the campaign for Gareth Williams’ side, was joined by five of his regional team-mates for the trip to Gloucester.

Man of the match Sam Costelow’s late drop goal secured the 23-22 victory for Wales, but Davies insists the entire matchday squad played a part in the match-winning effort.

“I thought we worked hard for our tries, and we ground it out at the end so we can’t fault it,” said the academy member,” said the Cardiff Blues academy member.

“Everyone dug in tonight, from one to 23.

“I felt like we worked really hard to create our chances and at times they fed off our mistakes.

“But, to be fair to England, we always knew it was going to be a challenge to come to Gloucester.

“At half time, we knew it was important to keep the same energy. England had picked a big pack against us, and we knew they would tire towards the end.

“But we’re a fit team. We used our fitness to work hard for each other, and that’s what we’re about. 

“We’re a very close team this year and we want to work hard for each other.”

Wales finish their campaign next week, as they welcome Scotland to Colwyn Bay’s Stadiwm Zip World.

Davies emphasised the importance of remaining focused ahead of the clash, as they look to finish the campaign on a high.

Davies added: “We’ve got Scotland next week, and you can’t write them off either.

“Everyone is capable of beating everyone in this competition.

“We need to keep our focus now for one more game and we can have a bit of a relax after that then because it’s been a tough eight to 10 weeks.”