A closer look at Wales in the World Rugby U20 Championship 2019

The 12th edition of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship 2019 is currently ongoing in Argentina. The tournament began on June 4 and will end on June 22. Several teams are battling it out for this year’s trophy and will do whatever they can to emerge winners. Scotland, Italy, France, England, Ireland and Wales are some of the tops teams seeking to show their potential.

Wales’ record

Wales have had an incredible record since it began playing in 1881. They have made 720 appearances, achieved 373 wins and 25 draws and lost 302 times. The Welsh won the third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years after beating Ireland 25-7 on March 16.

Wales have won five of their last 10 matches and lost five times this year. Their clash against Italy went well, they beat Italy 42-12 which gave them a chance to proceed to the semi-final. Wales are currently in position four with 10 points in the Six Nations table and in second place in all men world ranking with 89.96 points.

The Welsh team began the tournament with a game against France on February 3 at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes whereby France beat Wales with 32-10.

Wales’ players to watch

The following are two key players who will determine Wales’ chance to reach the finals;

Tommy Refell is the player to watch this season as he has shown an incredible performance since joining Wales Under-20 team in 2018 as a captain. Refell led his team in a number of tournaments, including the 2019 Guinness Six Nation Championship, in which they emerged winners.

Another player with an impressive skill is Leicester’s fly-half Sam Costelow. Costelow who was unbeaten in the Tigers Academy 2017/2018 U18, has been chosen to be among the Wales squad this year.

With stars like Refell and Costelow, Wales will be a tough team to overcome.

Wales’ coach makes questionable decisions

Wales’ coach Gareth William has been making some poor decisions, especially while changing key players in the middle of the match. When Wales was playing against Scotland, their expectation was high having defeated their rivals England. Gareth William replaced one of his key players Sam Costelow with Will Griffiths, a move that negatively affected their performance.

William will need to be cautious with his decisions this time around to keep Wales’ hope of reaching the finals alive.

Wales have a better chance to win

Based on the above statistics, Wales have a good chance to make it to the finals and emerge champions for the second time this year. Their squad appears to be strong and ready for the task. Wales’ chance of winning relies on key decisions being made by Gareth William. The presence of highly skilled and talented players like Tommy Refell is a clear sign that Wales won’t hesitate to take on any opponent.

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