Ross Moriarty: England experience will help, says his father Paul

Ross Moriarty, Gloucester
Ross Moriarty, on the attack for Gloucester, also played for England at Under-18 level

Playing for England Under-20s will benefit Ross Moriarty's bid for a place in the Wales Rugby World Cup squad according to his father Paul.

The Gloucester back-row forward, 21, won two junior World Cups with England.

He has been included in Warren Gatland's provisional squad for the senior World Cup and Moriarty Sr, who played in the 1987 tournament for Wales, believes the experience will help his son.

"It was fantastic for him," he said.

"He had so much support. To play in two junior World Cup finals and to win the both of them is a great achievement for him."

Paul Moriarty infographic

Capped by England at Under-18 and Under-20 level, Moriarty is looking to follow in the footsteps of father Paul and uncle Richard.

They were both part of the Wales side which finished third in the inaugural World Cup in New Zealand, 28 years ago.

The 2015 squad will be trimmed down to 31 at the end of August and Paul, who also played rugby league for Great Britain and Wales, says the hard work has only just begun for Ross.

"To get to the squad in the first place is a great achievement and the whole family are proud of him, but he knows that this is just the start and the hard work begins.

"He's got a couple of tough months ahead of him where he's got to prove himself and he's got to show Warren Gatland that he deserves a spot in that last 31."

Wales, who finished fourth in 2011 after losing to France 9-8 in the semi-finals, will face hosts England, Australia and Fiji in Group A after an opening game against Uruguay on 20 September in Cardiff.

"It's a tough old group," said Moriarty.

"But who knows? We've proved it and we've done it in the past.

"We've beaten England quite regularly and we've beaten Australia and we know that we've got to beat England or Australia to get out of the group."

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