Coaches Chris Davey and Kevin Hopkins have selected four of last season's winning WRU Presidents Under-21 squad for the annual fixture against the
Nike New Zealand Youth XV to be played at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday (kick-off 7.00pm).
The President's team were 28-7 victors last season. New skipper Richie Pugh, hooker Kieran Crawford, centre David Bishop and full back Matthew Nuthall
are the survivors from last season's win..
Those four, plus Luke Charteris, James Malpas and James Merriman have all won caps for Wales at this level, while their there is place for the exciting Llandovery wing Ifan Evans, who played last season with Aberystwyth.
The WRU President's Under-21 team is: Matthew Nuthall (Warriors); Ifan Evans (Llandovery), David Bishop (Warriors), Lee Thomas (Warriors), Richard Fussell (Pontypridd); Gareth McCarthy (Cardiff), Rhodri Wells (Ospreys); Cai Griffiths (Neath), Kieran Crawford (Dragons), Nathan Williams (Scarlets), Ian Evans (Pontypridd), Luke Charteris (Dragons), Richard Dale (Newport), James Malpas (Blues), Richie Pugh (Ospreys, captain).
Replacements: Scott Roberts (Pontypridd), Will Kay (Newcastle Falcons), Gavin Quinnell (Llanelli), James Merriman (Gloucester), Richie Rees (Swansea), Matthew Jones (Ospreys), Richard Payne (Newport).
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose