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JWC Round 2 Preview

The second round of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships take place tomorrow morning with all four home nations involved in big fixtures.

Probably the biggest of the lot in terms of Home Nations rivalry is Wales U20 v Ireland U20 at 06.35 tomorrow morning. Wales currently top Group B after a crushing victory over Fiji on Monday, while Ireland, the U20 Six Nations champions, are in third after securing a losing bonus point against the French.

Those results make this one crucial, with all three sides still with a strong chance of progressing. Victory for Wales would put them in pole position, but a victory for Ireland would really blast things open.

England’s campaign continues against Australia, also at 06.30. We have previewed that game elsewhere (England v Australia) but it looks likely that this game will be the Group decider after both enjoyed strong wins over Italy and Argentina respectively on Monday.

In Group C Scotland face what ought to be their ‘easiest’ fixture of the pool. They are paired with both South Africa and New Zealand but face the slightly less daunting Samoa at 02.35 tomorrow morning.

It will be no easy task though, despite a heavy defeat to the Baby Blacks, Samoa looked tough, while Scotland really suffered at the hands of the South Africans. That said, the Scots ought to be the favourites.

Globally speaking, the biggest fixture of the day will be that between the hosts, New Zealand, and South Africa. That game kicks off at 08.35 and ought to be the Group decider – and it could well dictate the outcome of the entire tournament when you consider that semi final seedings are also up for grabs.

JWC Round 2 Fixtures:

Group A

Argentina v Italy – 04.35

England v Australia – 06.35

Group B

France v Fiji – 02.35

Wales v Ireland – 06.35

Group C

Scotland v Samoa – 02.35

New Zealand v South Africa – 08.35

Home Nations & Opponents Squads:

England U20 XV:

1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)  2 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath)  3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)  4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, captain)  5 Charlie Ewels (Bath)  6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester)  7 Gus Jones (London Wasps)  8 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs);  9 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)  10 Billy Burns (Gloucester)  11 Nathan Earle (Saracens)  12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)  13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)  14 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)  15 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints).

Replacements:  16 Jack Walker  17 Alex Lundberg  18 Harry Rudkin  19 Hayden Thompson-Stringer  20 James Chisholm  21 Callum Braley  22 Sam Olver  23 Aaron Morris.

Australia U20 XV:

1 Rory O’Connor  2 Harry Scobie  3 Allan Alaalatoa  4 Matt Phillip  5 Tom Staniforth  6 Sean McMahon (captain)  7 Rowan Perry  8 Ross Haylett-Petty;  9 Joe Powell  10 Jake McIntyre  11 Andrew Kellaway  12 Jimmy Stewart  13 Lalakai Foketi  14 Brad Lacey  15 Jonah Placid.

Replacements:  16 Feleti Kaitu’u  17 Cameron Orr  18 Tom Robertson  19 Jack Payne  20 Jack Dempsey  21 Angus Pulver  22 David Horowitz  23 Luke Burton.

Wales U20 XV:

1 Nicky Smith  2 Elliot Dee  3 Nicky Thomas  4 Joseph Davies  5 Rory Thornton  6 Olly Cracknell  7 Will Boyde  8 James Benjamin;  9 Luc Jones  10 Angus O’Brien  11 Joshua Adams  12 Jack Dixon  13 Steffan Hughes (Captain)  14 Tyler Morgan  15 Ashley Evans.

Replacements:  16 Scott Otten  17 Luke Garett  18 Callum Lewis  19 Scott Andrews  20 Scott Matthews  21 Tom Williams  22 Ethan Davies  23 Afon Bagshaw.

Ireland U20 XV:

1 Peter Dooley  2 Max Abbott  3 Rory Burke  4 Darragh Moloney  5 Ross Molony  6 Peadar Timmins  7 Frank Taggart  8 Jack O’Donoghue (captain);  9 Nick McCarthy  10 Ross Byrne  11 Alex Wooton  12 Dan Goggin  13 Garry Ringrose  14 Ciaran Gaffney  15 Cian Kelleher.

Replacements:  16 Dylan Donnellan  17 Denis Coulson  18 Oisin Herrernan  10 Josh Murphy  20 Diamaid Dee  21 Ryan Foley  22 Conor McKeon  23 Harrison Brewer.

Scotland U20 XV:

1 Phil Cringle  2 Sam James  3 Darcy Rae  4 Andy Cramond  5 Glen Young  6 James Ritchie  7 Gabriel Carroll  8 Tommy Spinks (captain);  9 Alex Glashan  10 Rory Hutchinson  11 Sam Pecquer  12 Neil Herron  13 Blair Hutchinson  14 Jamie Farndale  15 Damien Hoyland.

Replacements:  16 Cameron Fenton  17 Jack Cosgrove  19 Zander Fagerson  19 Lewis Carmichael  20 Magnus Bradbury  21 Ben Vellacott  22 Gavin Lowe  23 Christopher Dean.

Samoa U20 XV:

1 Fereti Saaga  2 Leif Schwenke  3 Etimani Sului  4 Giovanni Havel Kueffner  5 Cameron Skelton  6 Jotham Wrampling  7 Henry Stowers (captain)  8 Richard Mariota;  9 Emil Pittman  10 William Talataina Mu  11 Harry Luteru  12 Paul Ah Him  13 Nathaniel Apa  14 Joseph Ikenasio  15 Luteru Laulala.

Replacements:  16 Ieremia Mataena  17 Andrew Lemalu  18 Louis Kapeteni  19 Alamanda Motuga  20 Joe Lee  21 Mark Talaese  2 Penaia Penaia  23 Nu’u Nu’u.

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