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Jones banks on Wales U20s in JWC

Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. Ryan Jones is yet to taste defeat as Wales captain after winning the Grand Slam in this year’s Six Nations Grand Slam winning captain
29 May 2008 12:00

image Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. Ryan Jones is yet to taste defeat as Wales captain after winning the Grand Slam in this year’s Six Nations
Grand Slam winning captain Ryan Jones has pledged his support to Wales’ Under 20 side as they prepare for the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship on home soil next month.
Jones played in the inaugural IRB Under 21 World Championship in South Africa back in 2002 along with the likes of his current Welsh team-mates Mike Phillips, Jonathan Thomas and Adam Jones, and saw Jake White lead the host nation to the title.
Wales Under 20s, who are captained by back row Sam Warburton, will hope for a similar result at the IRB Junior World Championship, which is being played across four venues in Wales – Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Wrexham – from 6-22 June.
“Wales are extremely lucky to host this tournament,” insisted Jones. “I remember South Africa had a huge local following in 2002, which no doubt gave them an extra boost in reaching the final and beating Australia to lift the trophy. It’s a privilege for Welsh rugby fans to come and see all the future stars of the game in action this summer.”
Wales will play their three Pool D matches at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, kicking off their campaign against Italy on 6 June before facing Japan four days later and France on 14 June and must finish top if they are to reach the semi-finals.
“We may be playing the world champions South Africa, but the eyes of the world will be on Wales Under 20s this summer as they host the Junior World Championship in their own back yard,” added Jones.
“The senior Wales players will all be supporting Sam and his team over the next few weeks. We will be following their progress from South Africa during the Pool stages and be back in time for the final two match days, which will hopefully see Wales competing in the last four of the competition.



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