Llanelli Scarlets scrum-half Mike Phillips has given Wales boss Mike Ruddock a selection headache for Saturday's match with France after bagging a first-half try double in the Scarlets' 18-11 Celtic League win at Connacht on Friday night.
The 2004 champions picked up their first win on Irish soil since October 2003 - coincidentally also against Connacht, and with Phillips a try-scorer - as Gareth Jenkins' side profited in a lacklustre encounter.
The 22-year-old Phillips' ingenuity as he touched down twice in the space of seven first half minutes was the highlight.
Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman - back from squad duty - sparked an early showing from Connacht as he carried well.
But the Scarlets, missing skipper and Jackman's international team-mate Simon Easterby, were not to be denied.
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.