DRAGONS speedster Rio Dyer and his former Newport High School Old Boys teammate Carwyn Penny will make their Wales debuts against England in the Under-20s Six Nations on Friday, writes Chris Kirwan.

The duo come into the back three for the clash at Newcastle’s Kingston Park (kick-off 7.45pm) with Dyer, the quickest player on the Dragons' books who made his regional debut at Saracens in the Anglo-Welsh Cup a fortnight ago, on the right flank and Gloucester’s Penny at full-back.

Dragons lock Max Williams keeps his place in the side that beat Scotland 36-3 on opening weekend while there are places on the bench for uncapped hooker Will Griffiths, loosehead Josh Reynolds and back rower Taine Basham.

There is no place for scrum-half Dan Babos – who could feature in the Guinness PRO14 clash with Glasgow at Rodney Parade – while Dyer takes the spot of regional teammate Joe Goodchild.

“We’ve got some players returning to their regions this weekend, so it’s a huge opportunity for these new boys making their first U20 appearance in the Six Nations,” said head coach Jason Strange.

“We need to keep improving after a good opening game against Scotland, because England always pose one of the biggest challenges at any age grade.

“It should make for a fascinating game. The synthetic pitch at Kingston Park is conducive to running rugby - something both teams will be looking to produce.”

Wales U20: Carwyn Penny (Gloucester), Rio Dyer (Dragons), Callum Carson (Ospreys), Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues), Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets), Cai Evans (Ospreys), Harri Morgan (Ospreys), Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues), Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Henry (Ospreys), Jack Pope (Bridgend), Max Williams (Dragons), Tommy Reffell (Leicester, captain), Dan Davis (Scarlets), Morgan Morris (Ospreys).

Replacements: Will Griffiths (Dragons), Josh Reynolds (Dragons), Sam Wainwright (RGC), Morgan Jones (Scarlets), Taine Basham (Dragons), Aaron Hemmings (Scarlets), Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues), Tomi Lewis (Scarlets)