England U20 name side for title decider v France


England U20 have named their side for their U20 6 Nations decider against France on Friday at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.

France lead on points difference, but a win for England will give them the title in the 19.55 kick off, live on Sky Sports.

England have made two changes from the side that beat Scotland 26-11 with Tom Fowlie and Charlie Beckett both coming into the side.

Head Coach Jon Callard said:

“It’s been a great effort by the players as they’ve had to cope with different combinations through injuries and club call ups. To be in this position at the end of the championship is a credit to them.”

“Irrespective of the result it will be disappointing if we can’t put a performance together in front of what will be a bumper ground.  We’re at the half way stage of our season with the World Rugby Under 20 Championship coming up in June and we’re mindful that the programme is about developing and helping individuals to go on and play for their club sides and ultimately the England senior side. Matches like this, in this environment with this intensity will do them no harm for their futures.”

Forwards coach Ian Peel added: “We’ve had a good week of training, the facilities have been outstanding and we can’t wait to get out there. We needed to take a look at a few things after the Scotland game, we had a good win but there were some work-ons.

“We came into camp on Monday and put things right. Training has been good, we have looked at France and how we’re going to play against them. The fact that the title is on the line doesn’t change anything for us. We’re process focused and performance driven – if we get things right then we’ll get the result.”

“A few guys have played in front of big crowds, but as a group this will be the biggest crowd we’ll have played in front of and it’s great to bring the game to Brighton.”

England Under 20 v France U20 – Friday, 19.55, Brighton, Live on Sky Sports

England XV

15 Aaron Morris (Saracens)

14 George Perkins (Saracens)

13 Tom Fowlie (London Irish)

12 Joe Marchant (Harlequins)

11 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)

10 Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby)

9 James Mitchell (Sale Sharks)

1 Sebastian Adeniran-Olule (Harlequins)

2 Jack Walker (Yorkshire Carnegie)

3 Paul Hill (Yorkshire Carnegie)

4 Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins)

5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, captain)

6 Charlie Beckett (Leicester Tigers)

7 Will Owen (Leicester Tigers)

8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)


16 Jack Innard (Exeter Chiefs)

17 Owen Hills (Leicester Tigers)

18 Ciaran Parker (Sale Sharks)

19 Joe Batley (Gloucester Rugby)

20 Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs)

21 Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs)

22 Tom Howe (Wasps Rugby)

23 Piers O’Conor (Wasps Rugby)

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