England U20 ring the changes for final Pool game

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England U20 have named their team for their final group of the IRB Junior World Championship, against Argentina at 06.35 tomorrow morning.

There are twelve changes to the side that impressively beat Australia 38-24 last week, a result that has all but guaranteed England’s progress to the semi finals.

Centre Nick Tompkins, wing Henry Purdy, and second row Charlie Ewels are the three players to retain their places, while seven players come in for their first appearance of the campaign.

It is in the forward pack where most of those tournament debuts are, with the Wasps and former Hampton School loosehead Alex Lundberg coing in for his first game of the JWC alongside Leeds Carnegie’s Jack Walker and Saracens tight head, Biyi Alo.

Ewels starts in the second row, hisBath teammate, Tom Ellis, had to go home this week because of an injury sustained in the 63-3 victory over Italy and his replacement, Northampton Saints and former Stowe pupil Jordan Onojaife, starts alongside Ewels tomorrow.

In James Chisholm makes his second start, and third appearance, of the campaign at number 8, while either side of him there are two players making their first starts of the Championship. Saracens’ Hayden Thompson-Stringer starts on the blindside, while Sale Sharks’ Cameron Neild starts on the openside.

In the back Tom Stephenson makes his first appearance of the campaign having missed the start of the tournament as he was with Northampton Saints, helping them claim their maiden Aviva Premiership final victory.

Stephenson starts at inside centre, where he partners the excellent Nick Tompkins. Inside them Callum Braley returns to the starting fifteen and will therefore captain the side, while Sam Olver, so excellent against Italy, starts at fly half.

In the back three Henry Purdy retains his place on the left wing, while on the other wing his clubmate George Catchpole comes in for his second start. Bedford Blues’ Aaron Morris starts at full back for the second time.

Some of the stalwarts of the opening two rounds are on the bench, including Tom Woosltencroft and Danny Hoobs-Awoyemi in the front row, alongside Harry Rudkin.

Covering the second row is the truly outstanding Maro Itoje, while Gus Jones, one of England’s best performers in the opening two games, covers the back row.

In the backs Henry Taylor covers Braley at scrum half after his two tries against Australia, while Billy Burns covers Sam Olver. Burns will hope to take inspiration from his brother’s outstanding performance for the senior side on Saturday.

Nathan Earle completes the bench, the Saracens winger has scored five tries so far in this JWC and already looks set to be in the mix for the Player of the Tournament gong.

Speaking on the changes to the starting fifteen, Head Coach Nick Walshe highlighted the depth of the squad:

“The great thing about our squad is that we have real strength in depth. There are a few lads desperate to make an impression and this is a great opportunity for them to perform.”

“Argentina will be physical and they’ll provide a real test, but we’ve had a good few days since the Australia game, have recovered well and we’ll be ready for a tough match.”

England U20 v Argentina U20, Tuesday, 06.30.

England U20 XV:

15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
 14 George Catchpole (Leicester Tigers) 
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
 12 Tom Stephenson (Northampton Saints)
 11 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)
 10 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
 9 Callum Braley (Bristol, captain);  1 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
 2 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie) 
3 Biyi Alo (Saracens)
 4 Jordan Onojaife (Northampton Saints)
 5 Charlie Ewels (Bath)
 6 Hayden Thompson-Stringer (Saracens) 
7 Cameron Neild (Sale Sharks)
 8 James Chisholm (Harlequins).

Replacements:  16 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath) 
17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints) 
18 Harry Rudkin (Leicester Tigers) 
19 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
 20 Gus Jones (London Wasps) 
21 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University) 
22 Billy Burns (Gloucester)
 23 Nathan Earle (Saracens).

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