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Wales under 19 name 21-man squad for European Championships

29th June 2018, 13:00

Wales under 19 name 21-man squad for European Championships

Wales squad named for Serbia.


Ant Walker gives the training squad his instructions.

Wales under 19 head coach Anthony Walker has selected his 21-man squad that will compete in the European Championships in Serbia this August.

The Welsh side recently held an extensive two-day camp at Wales Rugby League's official training base at Deeside Leisure Centre where the final squad was confirmed from a 30-man training squad.

Walker said: "The training camp was really successful. All the boys come with a great attitude and they were a pleasure to work with.

"We tried to make the camp something that they may of not experienced before and making it as professional as possible. Phil Joseph had a real big emphasis on prehab and recovery, he arranged for masseurs to come to the hotel on the evening and brought in supplementation.

"Picking the squad was hard, I'd love to take everyone who trained but we couldn't and the way the tournament is set out there are no easy games, they get tougher and tougher as we go on so we have to take the right balance of players.

"The guys we have selected to be captain and vice captains oozed quality and respect from the rest of the team. They may not be the loudest and biggest talkers but when they did speak everyone listened and they play with leadership."

Phil Joseph puts the training squad through their paces.

The 2018 Under 19s European Championship will be contested in Belgrade, Serbia between the 5th and 11th of August with Wales taking on Ukraine in the first round of the eight-team knockout tournament.

If Wales beat Russia then they are likely to face England in the semi-finals and ten of the Wales squad have recent experience of beating the old enemy. Five - Billy Glover, Finn Swift, Lewis Hall, Adam Young and Matthew Jones - starred for Wales under 16 when they beat England last year, whilst three more - captain Cobi Green, Macauley Harris and co-vice captain Aneurin Walker - starred in the win over England in the Commonwealth Championships in Australia in February.

Wales won this trophy when it was last contested as under 18 competition in 2008, beating Czech RepublicEngland and France and a number of those Wales players went on to win full Wales caps.

WALES U19 SQUAD: Adam Young (Aber Valley Wolves), Cobi Green (Bradford Bulls, captain), James Bartlett, Morgan Rowlands (both Cardiff Blue Dragons), Will Lynch (Leigh Miners Rangers), Cai Ellis, James McGurk (both Newcastle Thunder), Jacob Hitchcox (North Wales Crusaders A), William Mills (North Wales Crusaders A / Salford Red Devils), Finn Swift (Pilkington Recs / St Helens), Elliot Jenkins (St Helens, vice captain), Matthew Jones (Salford Red Devils), Jake Cannon (South Wales Rabbitohs), Ben Hunter (unattached), Lewis Hall (Warrington Wolves), Macauley Harris, Ellis Simon, James Smith, Fraser Stroud, Aneurin Walker (vice captain) (all West Wales Raiders), Billy Glover (Widnes Vikings).

The training squad go through their drills.