Tommy Reffell says it will be a special moment to run out as captain of Wales in his first Under-20s Six Nations international.
Reffell will lead Wales Under-20s at Colwyn Bay this evening when they begin their championship campaign against Scotland. The game kicks off at 8.15pm.
“It will be special,” said Reffell, who will be watched at Parc Eirias by his mum Kelly, dad Gary and his nan and grandpa.
“Growing up, I would watch the Six Nations and now suddenly I am going to be playing. It’s a very special moment for me and my family.
“Scotland are like their senior team, they like to keep the ball alive and they are good in the set-piece. We will need to be on top of our game and look to put down a marker.”
Reffell captained Wales Under-18s in South Africa last summer and made his senior Tigers debut in the narrow Anglo-Welsh Cup defeat at Bath during November.
And the back-rower admits it was a surprise to be handed the captaincy for his first appearance with Wales at this level.
“It was totally unexpected,” said the 18-year-old. “Just seeing my name on the teamsheet was good enough for me, let alone to be captain. It is a great honour.
"Training has gone really well. We have learned a lot and getting used to new system is great to develop your game. Now we can't wait to get started."