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Thomas to start for Wales Under-20 in England encounter

7th February 2018

Ben Thomas will start at inside centre as Jason Strange makes seven changes for Wales Under-20's Six Nations showdown with England at Newcastle on Friday (KO 7.45pm)

The utility back is one of four Cardiff Blues players to feature in the matchday 23, as Wales look to build on last week's convincing victory over their Scottish counterparts in the tournament opener.

Hooker Iestyn Harris and prop Rhys Carre, who was named Man of the Match against Scotland, retain their places in the front row for the trip to Kingston Park.

Meanwhile, Max Llewellyn is one of six players in line to make their debut at Under-20 level, having been named amongst the replacements.

Wales U20 team to face England

15 Carwyn Penny (Gloucester)*
14 Rio Dyer (Dragons)*
13 Callum Carson (Ospreys)
12 Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues)
11 Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets)
10 Cai Evans (Ospreys)
9 Harri Morgan (Ospreys)
1 Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues)
2 Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues)
3 Rhys Henry (Ospreys)
4 Jack Pope (Bridgend)
5 Max Williams (Dragons)
6 Tommy Reffell (c) (Leicester Tigers)
7 Dan Davis (Scarlets)
8 Morgan Morris (Ospreys)


16 Will Griffiths (Dragons)*
17 Josh Reynolds (Dragons)
18 Sam Wainwright (RGC)
19 Morgan Jones (Scarlets)
20 Taine Basham (Dragons)
21 Aron Hemmings (Scarlets)*
22 Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues)*
23 Tomi Lewis (Scarlets)*