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Four Cardiff Blues named for Wales Under-20's final Six Nations clash

14th March 2018

Four Cardiff Blues players have been named in the Wales Under-20 side for Friday's final Six Nations clash against France at Stadiwm Zip World.

Jason Strange has made nine changes to his side, as they look to bounce back from last week's defeat to Italy.

Rhys Carre and James Botham retain their places in the pack, with the latter switching from blindside to openside flanker.

Hooker Iestyn Harries is recalled to the number two jersey, while Alun Lawrence makes his first start at this level, having made his debut from the bench last week.

Elsewhere, Leicester Tigers' Tommy Reffell returns to captain the side against the Championship leaders, while Ioan Nicholas, Ryan Conbeer and Reuben Morgan-Williams are also recalled into the backline. 

"We're under no illusions about the challenge France will bring on Friday night," says head coach Jason Strange.

"They're one of the most complete teams in the competition, with no real weaknesses. We would have liked to be going into this match on the back of a win against Italy because it would have come down to a Championship decider, but not doing so will give us even more motivation.

"After our last game we had a very honest and frank review. The Italy game was frustrating, mainly around the fact that we didn't get our game going at all. However, this is a very talented team, and I'm sure we'll see a positive response on Friday."