England U20 make changes for decider v France

England have named their team for their World Rugby U20 Championship game against France in Viadana tomorrow.

The match, which will be broadcast live on BT Sport at 3.30pm, takes place at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, and is the Pool A decider, with England and France having won both of their previous games. England though have won their games more convincingly than France.

Head Coach Jon Callard has made four changes to the side that beat Wales 30-16 in their last game, though one change is enforced through injury. James Mitchell comes in at scrum half for Stuart Townsend, who has been ruled out through injury. The former Lymm High School scrum half makes his first start of the competition, with former Sherborne number nine Will Homer, who replaces Townsend in the squad, coming onto the bench.

Mitchell is the only change in the backline, however there are three changes in the pack. Loosehead Ellis Genge comes back into the side for Seb Adeniran-Olule, while number 8 James Chisholm returns after missing the Wales clash, with Sam Skinner dropping to the bench.

Leicester Tigers’ Charlie Beckett also comes into the side. He starts at blindside with Lewis Ludlam taking a rest after an impressive first two games of the championship.

Speaking ahead of the game, Callard said:

“It is important that we manage resources. It is about keeping players fit and fresh for the whole of the tournament and giving everyone an opportunity. Some will inevitably be disappointed when they miss out, but the squad we have selected is what we believe to be the best fit for this particular game.”

“We are just concentrating on ourselves, we are always trying to improve as a team, and develop the processes that go into being a good team, with capable and confident players. We are not worried about the outcome. That will take care of itself if we play to the best of our ability.”

“I always enjoy playing against the French and watching them play.  They have flair and a well-drilled set piece, which makes it a nice challenge for our team. Our scrum and lineout have improved game on game so to go against a strong French side will be a good test. “

“I am expecting them to be solid up front and committed, and because of that French element of the unknown, we need to be sharp, always switched on and ready to respond to every eventuality.”

England U20 v France U20 – Wednesday, 15.30, Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, Viadana.

England U20 XV:

15. Aaron Morris (Saracens)

14. George Perkins (Saracens)

13. Nick Tompkins (Saracens)

12. Max Clark (Bath Rugby)

11. Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)

10. Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby)

9. James Mitchell (Sale Sharks)

1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Rugby)

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. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs)

20. Josh Bainbridge (Yorkshire Carnegie)

21. Will Homer (Bath Rugby)

22. Lloyd Evans (Gloucester)

23. Piers O’Conor (Wasps)

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