Scully set for Wales Under-20s debut

Warriors fly-half Luke Scully is in line to make his Wales Under-20s debut in the Six Nations opener against Italy at the Zipworld Stadium in Colwyn Bay on Friday (kick-off 7.35pm).

Scully, previously capped by Wales at Under-18s level, has been named as a replacement by Wales head coach Gareth Williams.

Scully missed the opportunity to play for Wales Under-20s last season because of injury but he has been in sparkling form for Cavaliers in this season’s Premiership Rugby Shield.

The 19-year-old is in his second season on the Three Pears Warriors Academy having arrived at Sixways from Neath Port Talbot College in the summer of 2018.

“It’s great to have a group of returning players, while also blooding new players as we build towards the Junior World Cup later in the year,” Williams said.

“As I’ve said before, last year was my first year as head coach of this age group and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing England and Ireland at Zipworld Stadium in front of a passionate crowd in Colwyn Bay.

“We can’t wait to kick off our Six Nations campaign, and are excited to get back up to North Wales where our home support has been outstanding over the years. We really enjoy playing in Colwyn Bay.

“We’ve had a good period of player identification and skill development. But it’s always good to have a competitive element to our development programme.

“Italy will be a stern challenge, and we know we are going to face a difficult night. Italy played some good rugby in last year’s World Cup, and their U18’s were outstanding against our boys in their win in Gloucester last season. So our preparation and performance needs to be of a high standard.”