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Costelow back on Wales Under-20s duty

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Leicester Tigers teenager Sam Costelow will start among the replacements for Wales Under-20s against England on Friday, just five days after playing a prominent part in the club’s Academy League Final victory.

Costelow, who can play at fly-half or centre, has got off the bench in both rounds for far for Wales after stepping up from the Under-18 ranks this season.

Wales coach Gareth Williams has made three changes to the starting line-up with Ospreys wing Dewi Cross making his first start in the championship, Dragons scrum-half Dafydd Buckland starts his first game after two appearances as a replacement and Scarlets No8 Iestyn Rees replaces Taine Basham.

Costelow, though, will not face Tigers team-mates Joe Heyes and Tom Hardwick who both remain with the club this week.

Wales U20 (v England U20, Friday 7.05pm, live on S4C)
15 Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues), 14 Tomi Lewis (Scarlets), 13 Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues), 12 Aneurin Owen (Dragons), 11 Dewi Cross (Ospreys), 10 Cai Evans (Ospreys), 9 Dafydd Buckland (Dragons); 1 Rhys Davies (Ospreys), 2 Dewi Lake (Ospreys)(c), 3 Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues), 4 Ed Scragg (Dragons), 5 Teddy Williams (Cardiff Blues), 6 Lennon Greggains (Dragons), 7 Jac Morgan (Aberavon/Scarlets), 8 Iestyn Rees (Scarlets)
Replacements: 16 Will Griffiths (Dragons) 17 Tom Devine (Dragons) 18 Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets) 19 Max Ayling (Dragons) 20 Ellis Thomas (Llanelli) 21 Dan Babos (Dragons), 22 Sam Costelow (Leicester) 23 Deon Smith (Dragons)

England U20: 15 Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), 14 Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), 13 Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), 12 Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish), 10 Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks), 9 Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Academy); 1 Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby), 2 Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), 3 Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), 4 Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5 Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), 6 Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), 7 Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), 8 Tom Willis (Wasps)
Replacements: 16 Samson Ma'asi (Northampton Saints), 17 Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), 18 Jack Bartlett (Gloucester Rugby), 19 James Scott (Worcester Warriors), 20 Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), 21 Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), 22 Manu Vunipola (Saracens), 23 Jack Reeves (Gloucester Rugby