Wales U20 play an England Academies XV at Cross Keys tomorrow (Thurs, 6.30pm) as part of the squad's final preparations for the forthcoming IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina (June 5-21).
Davies has selected a strong side for the occasion with Llanelli lock Joel Galley the only uncapped player in the starting line-up. Scarlets academy member Galley is currently on the stand-by list for the Junior World Championship, as are replacements Ben Thomas (Ospreys academy / Aberavon) and Llandovery pair Greg George and Edward Siggery.
Ashley Beck, a key member of last season's Under 20 side, has been selected for the June tournament after spending most of the season with the senior Ospreys squad, and will start for Wales Under 20 for the first time this season, while Dragons back Adam Hughes and lock James King return after injury.
Davies said, "I'm looking forward to seeing the side playing together for the first time since the Six Nations. While a lot of the players have been involved in high profile fixtures for their clubs and regions, it is important for them to have some quality game time as a team before heading to Argentina, especially with such physical Pool opponents in New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji."
Wales are currently missing four of their Junior World Championship squad through injury - lock Macauley Cook (Blues academy / Pontypridd), back row Toby Faletau (Dragons / Cross Keys), hooker Ieuan Davies (Glamorgan Wanderers) and centre Owen Williams (Blues academy / Cardiff).
Wales Under 20 v England Academies XV:
Dan Fish (Blues academy / Glamorgan Wanderers); Kristian Phillips (Ospreys academy / Neath), Ashley Beck (Ospreys / Aberavon), Scott Williams (Scarlets academy / Llanelli), Adam Hughes (Dragons academy / Newport); Matthew Jarvis (Ospreys acdemy / Aberavon), Rhys Downes (Blues academy / Pontypridd; Dan Watchurst (Dragons academy / Bedwas), Rhys williams (Blues academy / Pontypridd), Simon Gardiner (Scarlets academy / Carmarthen Quins), James King (Ospreys academy / Aberavon), Joel Galley (Scarlets academy /Llanelli), James Thomas (Dragons academy / Ebbw Vale), Rhys Jenkins (Dragnos academy / Ebbw Vale), Morgan Allen (Pontypool)
Replacements from: Rhodri Jones (Scarlets academy / Llandovery), Greg George (Llandovery), Joe Rees (Tonmawr / Ospreys academy), Lloyd Peers (Ospreys academy / Aberavon), Edwards Siggery (Llandovery), Josh Navidi (Blues academy / Glamorgan Wanderers), Ben Thomas (Ospreys academy / Aberavon), Gareth Davies (Scarlets academy / Llanelli), Steven Shingler (Llanelli / Llangennech), James Loxton (Blues academy /Cardiff), Ben John (Ospreys academy / Aberavon)
Despite being in a tough group for the World Series opener in Dubai, Wales 7s head coach Gareth Williams says it is an exciting challenge and his squad are in a positive frame of mind, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.