Hawkins delivers decisive Six Nations Under-20s Summer Series rallying cry in Italy

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Hawkins will be crucial when Wales take on Scotland ahead of clashes with Georgia and hosts Italy
Hawkins will be crucial when Wales take on Scotland ahead of clashes with Georgia and hosts Italy

By Ben Hart in Verona

Joe Hawkins believes attack will be the best form of defence when Wales' Six Nations Under-20s Summer Series gets underway against Scotland in Treviso.

Hawkins is enjoying his third year with the Under-20s, and he will be crucial when Wales take on Scotland ahead of clashes with Georgia and hosts Italy.

Wales ran out 26-13 winners the last time the two sides faced off in the Six Nations U20s back in February.

And ahead of their second match this year, Hawkins emphasised his side's desire to play running rugby in the stunning Italian sunshine.

"We tried to show it in the Six Nations. We want to play an expansive and fast brand of rugby," said Hawkins ahead of Saturday's game at the Stadio Comunale Monigo.

"The weather is going to help us do that as we will not have to worry about a wet ball or anything.

"But I think that all the strides we have made in training will be on full display now.

"Not just creating chances but finishing them off as well.

"It is a different sort of climate that the boys will have to get used to, but I think having that dry ball will really suit us, and we are just really excited to get stuck into it."

Hawkins graduated through the Ospreys' academy after playing for Swansea Valley in the Dewar Shield, with a brief stint at Aberavon cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

And Hawkins hopes that his side are ready for the physical threat that Scotland will pose in the game on Saturday.

"You always know with the Scottish that they are going to be passionate about playing for their country,” he added.

"They are never going to take a backwards step, and we are sure that they are going to be really physical.

"But when we are trying to play fast, we can always be a threat and score tries, especially at the end of the game like during the Six Nations in February.

"We did a lot of our prep on Monday and Tuesday, so going into the weekend, we have just got a team run to do before playing on Saturday.

"So, most of the prep is done, and we are in a good place heading into Saturday."

Hawkins has captained Wales Under-20s, while also representing Wales Under-18s and Under-19s.

And despite rising through the age-grade ranks, the centre emphasised that the feeling of playing for your country never changes.

"Playing for Wales is always a huge deal, no matter how many times you are lucky enough to do it,” he said.

"Obviously, playing in this Six Nations Summer Series will be great exposure.

"Hopefully, I can take that back to the Ospreys and really kick on from there.

"We have been boosted by a few boys coming back from injury and club commitments, so we are just really looking forward to getting stuck in."

The Six Nations U20 Summer Series takes place from 24 June – 12 July. Fans can watch every match live. For more information visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJHm6BFw-9JRA1CMekNLwMg

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