England U20 change 6 for Ireland


England U20 have named their side to face Ireland at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin on Friday evening.

England have made six changes since their last game, with Head Coach Jon Callard making full use of his squad ahead of the 19.05 kick off, which will be live on Sky Sports.

The headlines will be taken by the returning Saracens duo, both of whom were key figures in the 2014 Junior World Championship victory, fullback Aaron Morris and outside centre Nick Tompkins.

Speaking of their return, Callard said:

“We’re delighted to bring Nick and Aaron back into the fold, excellent medical work from both club and the union has seen them both back fit and raring to go. They both played last season and that experience and know-how should stand us in good stead.”

There is also an all-new set of half-backs for England too, with Leicester Tigers’ Oliver Bryant starting at outside half and Sale Sharks’ James Mitchell starting at scrum half. Mitchell is a product of Lymm High School, where his younger brother Alex is currently the scrum half, and is also an England age-grade representative, starting for the U18s against France last weekend.

In the pack Mitchell’s clubmate Ciaran Parker, the former St Ambrose College man, comes in at tighthead, with Northampton bound Paul Hill moving to the bench, while Joe Batley comes in on the blindside flank.

The clash is a key one for both sides, Ireland are currently top of the table after two wins from two, including an excellent victory over France a fortnight ago. England meanwhile have one won and lost one, losing to Wales in the opening round before thumping Italy last time out. A win here would bring them right back into it, but a defeat would probably see their championship hopes fatally wounded.

John Callard was under no illusions as to the scale of the task either, saying:

“Playing Ireland in Ireland will be a huge test – it’s one of the biggest in rugby. And from what we’ve seen they are a very good, physical side with lots of pace. But we’re excited by that, we’ve got pace in our side and on the 4G pitch it should make for a great spectacle.”

“We’ve had an excellent week training, and although we have had to be patient regarding the availability of a couple of players, it’s great experience for our guys.”

Ireland U20 v England U20 – Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin, Friday, 19.05 – Live on Sky Sports

For the Ireland side, click here – Ireland U20

England U20 XV:

15 Aaron Morris (Saracens)

14 George Perkins (Saracens)

13 Joe Marchant (Harlequins)

12 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)

11 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)

10 Oliver Bryant (Leicester Tigers)

9 James Mitchell (Sale Sharks)

1 Ellis Genge (Bristol Rugby)

2 Jack Walker (Yorkshire Carnegie)

3 Ciaran Parker (Sale Sharks)

4 Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins)

5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, captain)

6 Joe Batley (Gloucester Rugby)

7 Will Owen (Leicester Tigers)

8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)

Replacements:  16 Jack Innard (Exeter Chiefs)  17 Seb Adeniran-Olule (Harlequins)  18 Paul Hill (Yorkshire Carnegie)  19 Charlie Beckett (Leicester Tigers)  20 Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs)  21 Will Homer (Bath Rugby)  22 Piers O’Conor (Wasps Rugby)  23 Tom Howe (Wasps Rugby).

Still to Come:

England U20 v Scotland U20

Darlington Mowden Park, Darlington

13th March, 17.30

Live on Sky Sports

England U20 v France U20

American Express Community Stadium, Brighton

20th March, 19.55

Live on Sky Sports

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