Wales Under 20 centre Owen Williams has been forced to withdraw from Friday afternoon's Under 20 Six Nations clash with France Under 20 (Cardiff Arms Park, 3.30pm) after sustaining an injury in training. He will be replaced in the starting line-up by Ospreys academy and Aberavon centre Ben John.
Wales Under 20 head coach Phil Davies said, "Ben has been involved with our squad since the start of the season and has trained well. Along with Lloyd Peers, he captained Wales Under 18 last season and although it's disappointing news for Owen, I'm confident Ben will step up to the plate on Friday."
Tickets for Wales Under 20 home games, at Cardiff Arms Park, are available now at £5 for U16s and £10 and £12 for adults. Tickets are on sale at the Cardiff Arms cafe / store, no 8 Westgate Street, online via www.wru.co.uk /tickets and from Ticketweb on tel 08444 771000.
Tickets are also on sale at Cardiff Arms Park shop 10am - 3pm and on matchday from the ticket office, Cardiff Arms Park Angel entrance.
Wales Under 20 side v France: (Friday 26 February, Cardiff Arms Park, 3.30pm)
Dan Fish (Blues); James Loxton (Blues), Ben John (Ospreys), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Kristian Phillips (Ospreys); Matthew Jarvis (Ospreys), Rhys Downes (Blues); Dan Watchurst (Dragons), Rhys Williams (Blues), Simon Gardiner (Scarlets), Macauley Cook (Blues), Lloyd Peers (Ospreys), Morgan Allen (Pontypool), Josh Navidi (capt, Blues), Toby Faletau (Dragons)
Replacements: Ieuan Davies (Glamorgan Wanderers), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), James Thomas (Dragons), Rhys Jenkins (Dragons), Edward Siggery (Llandovery), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Dean Gunter (Blues) Travelling reserve: Trystan Davies
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.