Wales Under 18 have been given the Grand Slam treatment as they prepare to face France in the third place play-off of the FIRA-AER European Championship in Madrid.
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has spent the week coaching the young Welsh squad alongside head coach Allan Lewis, and coaches Dale McIntosh and Andrew Millward.
It is now part of Edwards' remit to have a direct influence on the next wave of Welsh internationals, and he has relished the opportunity.
"The lads have been a joy to work with, they have a fantastic attitude and a real pride in putting on the Welsh jersey. They came up just short against England, with a few technical errors instrumental in the defeat, but we have had a really good week's training with myself working on defence, Allan on attack and Dale and Andrew with the forwards and I feel they now have every chance of beating France tomorrow," said Edwards.
Edwards believes it is important to harnass the feel-good factor of the recent senior success. "When the first team are doing well, that always filters down to the age grade sides and these boys certainly feel very priveleged to be representing their country out here. Young Welsh players are the talk of the world at the moment, and these players know they have an opportunity to continue that trend if they keep working hard, especially with a head coach like Warren who gives young players a chance.
"Roger Lewis made it part of my job description to have direct contact with young players coming through the system, a move I totally agree with, and it was felt that Under 18 was the best age to have that influence - creating good habits for the future and teaching the defensive structures that we use at senior level. As we have seen, a number of players have already made the step-up from this age group to our set-up and this way our systems won't be new to anyone doing that in the future.
"There are a number of talented players in this group, including centre Steff Hughes who I have made our defensive captain in a similar role carried out by Jamie Roberts for the senior side.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here, along with the couple of sessions I ran before this tournament, but I must say the boys are in excellent hands. Allan Lewis has a vast amount of experience in nurturing young talent and he has a huge desire to create the next wave of young professional rugby players."
Head coach Lewis has made six changes and two positional to his starting line-up for this game. Ospreys wing Ashley Evans returns to the starting line-up with fellow Osprey, centre Ben Roberts making his first start of the tournament and Steffan Hughes (Scarlets) switching from 13 to 12. Joel Raikes (Blues) returns at scrum half and the only change in the front row sees Ospreys prop Nicky Thomas starting at tight head in place of Callum Lewis. Captain Ben Roach moves from the back row to lock, with two changes in the back row - Callum Davies and Sam Parker will flank No 8 James Benjamin.
Team manager Gethin Watts, added: "The selection shows we have faith in the whole squad. Of course we want to beat France as we did last year to retain the third place position, but we have also made sure everyone has had the opportunity to play and develop for the future."
Wales Under 18 team v France, Saturday 7 April, 3rd Place Play-Off,
Justin Bridou FIRA-AER European Championship, Madrid
H Amos (Dragons); A Evans (Ospreys), B Roberts (Ospreys), S Hughes (Scarlets), D Howells (Ospreys); J Maynard (Scarlets), J Raikes (Blues); N Smith (Ospreys), E Dee (Dragons), N Thomas (Ospreys), J Helps (Scarlets), B Roach (Blues, capt), C Davies (Ospreys), S Parker (Blues), J Benjamin (Dragons)
Replacements: S Otten (Ospreys), G Rees McPherson (Blues), C Lewis (Blues), S Matthews (Dragons), S Andrews (Dragons), L Crane (Dragons), G Thomson (Blues), J Dixon (Dragons), L Hudd (Dragons)
The Women's Rugby World Cup warm-up clash between Wales and USA proved bittersweet for centre Elen Evans. Despite being one of the star performers on the day on her 50th Test appearance, USA edged home 10-7 at Cross Keys.
Wales U20 head coach Byron Hayward and back row Will Boyde believe defence will be the key when they face Ireland tomorrow in the second pool game of the Junior World Championship being held in New Zealand.
Tension was palpable as players waited to hear the announcment of the Wales touring squad of South Africa. Matthew Morgan was one of four uncapped players named in the squad after impressing in the Wales Senior Trial.
Wales Trial, Principality Premiership Awards evening and Wales U20s in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Jamie Roberts and Matthew Rees about the Wales Trial, captain Dafydd Lockyer talks about Pontypridd dominating the Principality Premiership awards, while ahead of the start of the Junior World Championships we talk to Tom Williams, Steffan Hughes, Jack Dixon and Nicky Smith.
Coaches Rob Howley and Robin McBryde today confirmed their Probables and Possibles teams to take part in Friday's Wales Senior Trial at the Liberty Stadium and both are predicting some mouth-watering head-to-heads.
Possibles coach Robin McBryde has given his team a licence to thrill in Friday's Wales Senior Trial match. He tells WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie that his side will be determined to ruffle a few feathers against the favourites, the Probables.
We look at the squads for the Wales trial, European finals weekend and Wales U20 on this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Warren Gatland and Rob Howley on the trial, full back Hallam Amos on his summer hopes, Wales legend Ieuan Evans welcomes European rugby finals weekend to Cardiff and Wales U20 hooker Ethan Lewis looks ahead to the Junior World Championships.
Wales Under 20 head coach Byron Hayward says last night's 31-19 win over Scotland was a crucial building block as the Junior World Cup rapidly approaches. WRU TV's Liz Jones gets his post match reaction.