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IRB Junior World Championships - Match Day 2

IRB Junior World Championships - Match Day 2
Tuesday 10 Jun 2008 [12:06]

Host nation Wales have made 10 changes to their starting line up to face Japan with captain Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny, Scott Andrews, Jevon Groves and Dan Biggar man of the match in the hard fought 29-10 defeat of Italy on day one the only players retained.

"We had a number of missed try scoring opportunities against Italy so we have been working on our execution and accuracy ahead of the Japan game," admitted coach Patrick Horgan. "However Italy's defence was excellent and certainly kept them in the game.

"You are always looking for improvement, but we are quite pleased overall with our first performance. Japan gave a good account of themselves against France and we will certainly give the side the respect they deserve."

The plucky Japanese certainly gave France food for thought before losing 53-17, all three of their tries scored by hooker Ryuhei Arita who shows his flexibility by switching to flanker for the match against Wales, a position he used to play before moving into the front row.

France have also rung the changes to face a side they beat 24-16 in the Under 20 Six Nations earlier this year, with only flanker Louis Madaule, wing Benjamin Fall, centre David Yann and Guillame Namy retaining their placing in the starting line up, although the latter moves from wing to full back.

Thierry Lacrampe will captain the side in place of Morgan Parra at scrum half, who takes his place on a formidable looking bench alongside the likes of Mathieu Belie, Mathieu Bastareaud, Yoann Maestri and Raphael Lakafia, who scored a hat-trick against Japan.

Italy have bucked the trend of many of their counterparts by opting for a virtually unchanged line-up, the only change being a forced one with hooker Tommaso D'Apice handed a two-match ban after being cited for an incident in the Wales match and Gabriele Morelli taking his place.

 
 

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