Wales national under-20 rugby union team

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Wales Under 20
Union Welsh Rugby Union
Emblem(s)The Prince of Wales's feathers
Ground(s) Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay [1]
Rodney Parade, Newport
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Coach(es) Gareth Williams
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First international
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales 15–28 England Flag of England.svg
(1 February 2008)
Largest win
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales 74–3 Samoa Flag of Samoa.svg
(12 June 2012)
Largest defeat
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 92–0 Wales Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
(14 June 2011)
World Cup
Appearances6 (First in 2008)
Best resultRunners up, 2013

The Wales national Under 20 rugby team is for Welsh rugby union players aged 20 or under on 1 January of the year during which they are selected.


Under 20 age grade rugby came into existence, as a result of the IRB combining the Under 19 Rugby World Championship and Under 21 Rugby World Championship into a single IRB Junior World Championship tournament. [2] They also compete in the Six Nations Under 20s Championship.

2008 Junior World Championships

In June 2008 Wales hosted the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship. As hosts they played all their group matches at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, starting against Italy on Friday 6 June, before further ties against Japan and France. [3] Wales won all three group matches before losing the semi-final to New Zealand and subsequently losing the 3rd place play-off to South Africa.

For the tournament the same management team remained from the 2008 U20 Six Nations; head coach Patrick Horgan and assistant coaches Rob Appleyard and Wayne Jones. Sam Warbuton remained as captain. [4]

For the next two Junior World championships, Wales alongside France will have to start the pool stages with a three-point deficit, following a brawl between the two sides in the 2008 tournament. [5]

2010 Junior World Championships

At the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship the Welsh squad won 2 games in the preliminary round against Samoa and Fiji while losing to New Zealand. At the playoffs for the 5th–8th place they first drew with Argentina 19–19 but lost in a drop goal shootout 9–8 and then met Fiji for a second time, again winning by 39–15 to finish in 7th place.

2011 Junior World Championships

After winning their opening game 34–8 against Argentina they were on the receiving end of a 92–0 thrashing by New Zealand in Italy

2012 Junior World Championships

In 2012 Wales beat the baby All Blacks 9 - 6, the first time New Zealand have ever been defeated in the competition. This was also the first Welsh win against New Zealand at any level since 1954. However, later in the tournament Wales lost 30-6 to New Zealand in the semi-final.

Current squad

Wales Under 20 squad for the 2020 U20 Six Nations. [6]

HKDom Booth Scarlets
HKBrodie Coghlan Dragons
HKWill Griffiths Dragons
PRDylan Bartlett Dragons
PRTheo Bevacqua Cardiff Blues
PRArchie Griffiths Bath
PRHarri O'Connor Scarlets
PRBen Warren Cardiff Blues
PRCallum Williams Scarlets
LKBen Carter Dragons
LKJames Fender Ospreys
LKJac Price Scarlets
LKRhys Thomas Ospreys
FLGwilym Bradley Cardiff Blues
FLIoan Davies Cardiff Blues
FLBenji Hoppe Dragons
FLTravis Huntley Ospreys
FL Jac Morgan Scarlets
N8Morgan Strong Ospreys
SHDafydd Buckland Dragons
SHEllis Bevan Cardiff Metropolitan University
FHJacob Beetham Cardiff Blues
FHSam Costelow Leicester
FHIoan Lloyd Bristol
FHLuke Scully Worcester
CEOsian Knott Scarlets
CEAneurin Owen Dragons
CEBradley Roderick Ospreys
WGHarri Doel Scarlets
WGEwan Rosser Dragons
WGCallum Williams Scarlets
FBJosh Thomas Ospreys
FBDan John Millfield School


Results and statistics

Junior World Championships
YearPWDLPFPADiffBPPtsPool placePlay-offsFinal position
2010 32016359+4082nd(5th–8th Semifinals) Lost to Argentina 19 – 19 (9–8 in drop goal shootout)
(7th–8th Final) Beat Fiji 39 – 15
2009 320110758+49272nd(5th–8th Semifinals) Beat Ireland 19 – 17
(5th–6th Final) Lost to France 68 – 13
2008 33008539+462141st(Semifinals) Lost to New Zealand 31 – 6
(3rd–4th Final) Lost to South Africa 43 – 18
Under 20 Six Nations Championships
20165500101st (Grand Slam)

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