Leicester Tigers academy graduate Sam Costelow has been named in the Wales Under-20s squad for their Six Nations campaign.
Wales Under-20s head coach Gareth Williams includes fly-half Costelow as one of the eight members in a 33-man squad who played at this level last season.
Costelow, who is part of the Tigers squad for this weekend’s European fixture against Pau, also played for Wales in the World Under-20s last summer.
In identifying Costelow and Ioan Lloyd (Bristol Bears) among potential key members of the squad after senior experience with their clubs this season, Williams added: “It will be brilliant to tap into the exposure they have gained. It’s a big compliment on those boys, they are obvious talents and we can take advantage of that so it will be great to have them amongst the squad. The relationships with Bristol, Bath and Leicester and English clubs in general have been fantastic to be fair so we are excited to welcome those boys into the squad.”
Wales begin their campaign against Italy in Colwyn Bay on Friday, January 31 and also have home games against France and Scotland alongside trips to Ireland and England.
Wales Under-20s squad for Six Nations
Full-backs/Wings: Dan John (Millfield School), Josh Thomas (Ospreys), Ewan Rosser (Dragons), Callum Williams (Scarlets), Harri Doel (Scarlets), Ioan Lloyd (Bristol)
Centres: Bradley Roderick (Ospreys), Aneurin Owen (Dragons), Osian Knott (Scarlets)
Fly-halves: Sam Costelow (Leicester Tigers), Luke Scully (Worcester), Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Blues)
Scrum-halves: Ellis Bevan (Cardiff Met), Dafydd Buckland (Dragons)
Props: Theo Bevacqua (Cardiff Blues), Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues), Callum Williams (Scarlets), Archie Griffin (Bath), Harri O Connor (Scarlets), Dylan Bartlett (Dragons)
Hookers: Dom Booth (Scarlets), Will Griffiths (Dragons), Brodie Coghlan Dragons)
Second Row: James Fender (Ospreys), Rhys Thomas (Ospreys), Ben Carter (Dragons), Jac Price (Scarlets)
Back row: Travis Huntley (Ospreys), Morgan Strong (Ospreys), Gwilym Bradley (Cardiff Blues), Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues), Jac Morgan (Scarlets - CAPT), Benji Hoppe (Dragons)