Welsh Youngsters Going for Grand Slam

Six Dragons Academy members will be helping the Welsh U19 team go for a Grand Slam tonight (Thursday).

Kath McCarthy | 16/03/2006

A third of the starting XV is made up of Dragons Academy members with Ashley Smith, James Lewis, Rob Lewis, Jamie Corsi and Lewis Evans all named in the team that will take to the field against the French at Aberavon, kick off 7pm.

Gareth Maule is named on the replacements bench.

 The match is the most important U19 occasion since Wales reached the 1999 World Cup final, Bradley Davies' current all-conquering side having now beaten England 13-10, Scotland 48-10, Ireland 31-6 and Italy 32-18. That earns them the chance to shoot for Grand Slam glory in a campaign that kicked off with an historic 27-7 victory over Australia Schools - the young Wallabies' first Test defeat on Welsh soil.

 Wales Under-19:
Martyn Thomas (Scarlets); Alec Jenkins (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Ashley Smith (Dragons), James Lewis (Dragons); Rhys Jones (Sale / Exiles), Robert Lewis (Dragons); Hugh Gustafson (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Jamie Corsi (Dragons), Bradley Davies (Blues, captain), Lou Reed (Scarlets), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Daniel Franks (Blues), Lewis Evans (Dragons).

Keiron Jenkins (Blues), Nicholas Eaves (Blues), James Down (Blues), Marc Breeze (Ospreys), Gareth Maule (Dragons), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Darren Allinson (Scarlets).

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