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The 2016 Six Nations U20 Champions and Grand Slam winners, Wales Under 20s, welcome Ireland to their Parc Eirias home in Colwyn Bay, North Wales on Saturday, knowing that they have to win to retain any hope of retaining the title that was won in such style in 2016. Wales began the campaign with a routine victory in Italy by 27-5, but in Round 2 they found themselves up against an England side that is full of confidence and no little skill, and were outclassed 21-37. However, it is of great credit to the Welsh youngsters and their management that they bounced back from that result to produce their best performance of the season by some distance.
A trip to the Broadwood Stadium, saw them outclass the Scots by 65-34, running in eight tries in the process. If there was a negative from that fixture, it was that they conceded six tries, and they will certainly have to improve their defence against the Irish. Ireland Under 20s look likely to be the chief stumbling block to England's hopes of taking the Grand Slam and the title. The Irish U20's who were beaten in the World Cup Final last Summer by England, have won all three of their fixtures to date, but have failed to claim any bonus points, and therefore trail England by three points.
Posted: 7th June 2016
Wales and Ireland Under 20s get Pool A underway in the 2016 U20's Rugby World Cup at the Manchester City Academy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Victory is vital to the chances of both sides if they are to have any hopes of making it through to the semi-finals, with the rest of the Pool made up of reigning Champions and five times winners New Zealand, along with the outsiders Georgia. Only the winners of the three Pools, along with the best runner-up will advance to the Championship semi-finals, at the very least a side will need to record two victories from its three Pool fixtures to stay in contention.
Wales who come into the tournament as 2016 6-Nations Champions, when Wales Under 20s completed a Grand Slam in claiming their first title at this age group, have only three times in eight attempts, managed to qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup. Their best effort seeing them finish as runners-up to England in 2013. Ireland, who were beaten 24-35 at Donnybrook in the opening round of the Six Nations, finished that tournament with a record of won three and lost two games, and in third place. They have only once progressed through to the last four of the World Cup.
Posted: 13th March 2015
Wales U20s host their Irish rivals at the Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay, their regular U20s home on Friday, seeking the win that will just about keep their title hopes alive of a first ever Six Nations U20 Championship. After starting the campaign with a fine win against the World Champions England at Friday's venue, whom they overcame by 21-15, the Welsh youngsters campaign started to fall apart in Round 2, when they were beaten at Netherdale by Scotland, in an ill-disciplines performance. Despite outscoring the Scots by 5 tries to 3, they gave their opponents sufficient penalty opportunities, that enabled them to win the match 36-34.
A 5-27 reverse in France leaves the Wales Under 20s side on two points, behind four of the other competing sides who have each recorded two wins from their first three fixtures. Ireland Under 20s started the 2015 6-Nations championship in fine style, beating Italy and defending Champions France, before they slipped to defeat at Donnybrook 14-19 to their English rivals last time out. Ireland's only previous title at U20's level came in 2010, when they finished above England on points difference. This season looks as if the title might agains be decided by the same means.
Posted: 1st February 2013
Friday, February 1st, Wales and Ireland Under 20s play in Parc Eirias at 19:10 local time and GMT in the Under 20 Six Nations competition. Right now, there are no permanent spots on the Under 20 table. The Six Nations competition has just started and nobody has earned a single point. However, taking a look at the table from last year might give us some clues as to what will happen this year. Last year, Wales Under 20s was the fourth ranked team on the table with four points, while Ireland was one of three teams tied for first with eight points.
As for the last two teams on the Under 20 table from last year, Scotland came in fifth after winning just one match, taking home two points, and Italy was very last. They were not able to win any of their games, and had no points.
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