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World U20s is a great experience – Reffell

Tommy Reffell says the experience of captaining Wales at the World Rugby U20s Championship is helping him to develop off the field.

As skipper, Reffell has been called upon to conduct a series of media interviews around Wales’ fixtures, and the Leicester Tigers flanker says it is helping his all-round development.

“The media side of things really has helped my development, making me more confident in front of cameras and doing interviews,” he told wru.co.uk.

“A couple of months ago I might have struggled with half of the interviews I've done. Now I'm taking them all as they come.”

Wales complete their Pool A fixtures on Thursday when they take on bottom side Japan. Wales are currently third in the group after beating Australia in their opening fixture and losing to New Zealand at the weekend.

Reffell said: “We're keeping the mood up. Today we went down to beach for some recovery and it was nice to see some smiles back on the boys' faces.

“We know we've got three big games left, and it's all about looking ahead. We'll just keep building towards the next one, simple as that.

"Japan have got a couple of big centres and back rows; they're going to take the game to us. Some of the tries they scored against Australia were from really smart plays, but we're looking at ourselves and what we can impose on this game."

Scroll down to watch Reffell take part in our Getting to Know LTTV series and to watch his LTTV preview of the World Rugby U20s Championship.