A young rugby star at a Colwyn Bay school has been named in the starting lineup for Wales U18s clash with France this week.
Efan Jones, an 18 year-old scrum half, who has also broken into the RGC 1404 senior squad this term, narrowly missed out on a place in the U20 squad for their Six Nations campaign, but is expected to play a starring role for the U18s in Friday’s clash at Pandy Park (7.15pm).
Head coach Geraint Lewis said, "We are looking forward to playing France who are always powerful at age grade level and have such a rich rugby heritage.
"With a clean sweep against France last weekend from the seniors, Under 20s and Women, we hope to carry on in the same vein by kicking off our international season with a victory but we are under no illusions that it will be an easy task.
"We performed well in beating Leicester Academy last month, and some of our players have had time with the Wales under 20 squad, Kieran Williams coming on against France last weekend, so they will have benefitted from that."
Rydal Penrhos pupil Efan, a Wrexham native, is regarded as one of the most talented young players in the country at his position, and scored his first ever senior try for RGC earlier this season in their Swalec Championship win over Newcastle Emlyn.
Rydal Penrhos pupil Efan Jones will start for Wales U18s in their clash with France on Friday night.
Following Friday's game, and England a week on Sunday, Wales host an inaugural U18 International Series involving England, Ireland, Scotland and Italy over Easter.
Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “Efan was very unfortunate not to make the U20 squad despite being only 17 at the time, so that in itself tells you just how much talent he has.
“He has been a credit to both himself and Rydal Penrhos with the way he has performed this season for the school, RGC and Wales, and we are confident he will play a significant role on Friday and in Wales’ upcoming fixtures.”
Wales U18 team v France:
Will Talbot Davies (Dragons / Solihull); Pat Lewis (Dragons/ Pontypool / Lewis School), Owen Lane (Blues / Cardiff/ Cowbridge), Kieran Williams (Ospreys/ Glynneath/ Ystalyfera), Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets/ Sir Gar); Phil Jones (Ospreys/ Gowerton/ Gowerton), Efan Jones (Wrexham / Rydal Penrhos); Rhys Carre (Blues/ Cowbridge), Corrie Tarent (Blues/ Pontypridd/ Cymoedd), Christian Coleman (Dragons / Garndiffaith), Rhys Davies (Bath/ Millfield), James Ratti (Ospreys/Gower),Lloyd Pike (Scarlets/ Sir Gar), Will Jones (Ospreys/ Penclawdd/ Gower), Aled Ward (capt, Blues/ Cardiff Harlequins/ Cowbridge)