DRAGONS centre Aneurin Owen believes Wales are building nicely in the countdown to the World Rugby U20 Championship.

The Welsh youngsters made a disappointing start to the Six Nations when beaten by Italy in Colwyn Bay and Ireland in Dublin.

However, Gareth Williams' side have responded superbly with victories against world champions France and England.

It bodes well for this summer's World Championship, which is scheduled to be in northern Italy coronavirus permitting and pits Wales against New Zealand, Australia and Georgia in a tough group.

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"As a group we understand what the coaches want from us now and how we want to play the game," said Dragons playmaker Owen, who is set to be part of the finale against Scotland in Colwyn Bay.

"Against England we managed the middle third (of the field) really well and when it was on to play we showed what we can do.

"In previous times we would have tried to play in that middle third, lose the ball and would be under the cosh and conceding points.

"We are really understanding that now and have been building week on week. We didn't have the results but it seems now they are coming, the main thing is that we keep improving.

"People should be able to see how the performances have been getting better and how we want to play the game.

"Although the first two results didn't come, we felt that we were getting better and that we were clicking as a group.

"Now we have beaten France and England, so the belief is there.

"We are in a good place. The coaches will point us in the right direction so hopefully the results will keep coming."

Wales beat England 23-22 at Kingsholm thanks to an inspirational performance by Scarlets-bound Leicester fly-half Sam Costelow.

He scored a superb individual try, set up another, kicked two conversions and a penalty then slotted the match-winning drop goal.

"I've been playing with Sam for years and know exactly what he can do, we are just seeing him now doing it on a bigger stage," said Owen.

"He was really good in England and kept us in the game with his kicking. When you have a player like that you just have to give him chances on the ball and opportunities to create something, and be on his shoulder to finish."