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Academy at Welford Road on Wednesday

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Wales Under-18s provide the opening international opposition of the season for Leicester Tigers Academy at Welford Road on Wednesday evening (7pm).

The Welsh have selected a 30-man squad ahead of this season’s international season and have been in training camp ahead of their warm-up game against Tigers.

Tigers Academy manager Neil McCarthy said: “We’’ve got to know the Welsh pretty well in the last couple of years and they see this fixture as very valuable preparation for their international games because they know we have a lot of quality within our squad.

“We hope to have another good crowd in at Welford Road because these fixtures play a big part in the development of our players.”

Tigers Academy versus Wales Under-18s is a 7pm kick-off this Wednesday and admission is free.

Wales Under-18 head coach Gruff Rees has named a 30-man squad for the international season, including 11 members of the successful Blues Under-18 squad that lifted the WRU Regional title last month.

Rees said: “We have a healthy mix in the squad and we’d like to give them the opportunity to express themselves.”

Wales Under-18 squad
Rhodri Williams (Scarlets/Llandovery/Amman Valley Comp), Alex Schwartz (North/Mold /Mold Alun Comp), Josh Davies (Dragons/Llandovery Coll), Sam Davies (Ospreys/Gorseinon/Gowerton Comp), Rhys Patchell (Blues/CRICC/Glantaf), Thomas Pascoe (Blues/Mountain Ash/Coleg Morgannwg), Ryan Evans (Blues/Tonyrefail/Tonyrefail Comp), Jordan Williams (Scarlets/Llanelli/Coleg Sir Gar), Ben Roberts (Ospreys/Gorseinon/Gower Coll), Ryan John Evans (Ospreys/Bryncoch/Ystalyfera), Jake Randall (Scarlets/Ammanford/Amman Valley), Owen Jenkins (Blues/Ynysybwl/Pontypridd High), Stephen Reynolds (Hartpury Coll), Cory Allen (Blues/Glam Wand/Y Fro), Dion Jones (WRU NW Acad/Nantconwy/Rydal Penrhos)
Forwards: Thomas Davies (Blues/Ystrad Rhondda/Ferndale Community Sch), Daniel Suter (Ospreys/Tonmawr/Neath Port Talbot Coll), Nicky Smith (Ospreys/Gower Coll), Bradley Thyer (Blues/Ystrad Rhondda/Ferndale), Evan Yardley (Ospreys/Bridgend Ath/Brynteg), Elliot Dee (Dragons/Penallta/Newbridge Comp), Jack Dando (Blues/Penygraig/Coleg Morgannwg), Rhodri Hughes (Ospreys/Hendy/Gwyr), Jack Jones (Ospreys/Llandovery Coll), Llewelyn Jones (Scarlets/Haverfordwest/Thomas Picton Comp), Daniel Thomas (Scarlets/Kidwelly/Bro Myrddin), Jordan Sienawski (Blues/Llantwit Fardre/Bridgend Coll), Ellis Jenkins (Blues/Llantwit Fardre/Bryncelynog), Ieuan Jones (Dragons/Bargoed Yth), Lewis Young (Blues/Coleg Morgannwg)