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International watch: Smith’s unbeaten Wales and another call-up for Ravenhill

23 November 2020

We take a look at how our internationals faired in the most recent break.

Matt Smith was a part of a very successful international break for Wales in which they were unbeaten. They beat Republic of Ireland 1-0 and Finland 3-1 in their Nation League games. Wales also drew 0-0 with USA in a friendly fixture.

The two Nations League wins meant that Smith and Wales finished top of League B Group 4 which means that they will be moved up into the A category. This will mean Smith and his international teammates will be testing themselves against a tougher standard of opposition in the next Nations League and have a chance to earn a World Cup place.

Smith started for Wales in their friendly match against USA. In the first half Smith put in a solid shift for Wales however he was subbed early in the second half for rotational purposes and he could only make the bench for both the Nations League fixtures.

Danny Amos and Liam Ravenhill were both in the squad for Northern Ireland U21s as they faced Ukraine U21s in their final European Qualifier. Amos started the game and played 90 minutes in what will be his final game for the U21s.

Unfortunately, his last game ended in a 3-0 defeat against the former tournament-runner-ups with  Northern Ireland struggling to impose themselves however Amos did have some bright moments personally. Amos provided one assist in his six appearances for the U21s.

Another positive for Rovers was Ravenhill featuring on the bench for the first time at just 17 years of age. He didn’t manage his first appearance during this international break, but it is great experience for him being around the squad and involved in the game.

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