International Exiles | Lewis Collins makes Wales Under-21s debut

Four Newport County AFC players were on international duty with Wales’ age-grade sides over the recent international window.

Lewis Collins made his debut for Wales Under-21s during their UEFA Euro Under-21 qualifying defeat against Belgium in Leuven. The midfielder, who has also represented Wales at under-17 and under-19 level, made his bow as a 54th-minute substitute after replacing James Waite.

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Swansea City loanee Brandon Cooper, meanwhile, played the full 90 minutes for Paul Bodin’s men. While Newport County AFC academy graduates Regan Poole and Mo Touray also featured for Wales, who return to action against Moldova at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham next month.

Collins and Cooper both missed out on the Exiles' recent fixtures against Norwich City Under-21s and Cambridge United, but could return for County's Sky Bet League Two clash against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.


Sonny Lewis, who became youngest player to represent the Exiles after making his debut in the EFL Trophy last month, was also on international duty and enjoyed a four-day training camp with Wales Under-17s.


Fellow Exiles scholar Jack Karadogan was also involved in the camp after recently putting pen-to-paper on a scholarship deal with the Exiles for the 2020/21 campaign.