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England Counties U20 name team for 2nd Test in Russia

England Counties U20 have named their side for their second test against Russia U20.

 

The two sides met on Sunday, with England running out as 19-14 victors, despite being 14-12 behind at half time.

 

For the second Test at the Slava Stadium in Moscow, the final test of the series, England Counties U20 make three changes from that successful starting XV from the weekend.

 

Two of the thee are in the front row, where Hayden King and Alex Post come in for Tommy Phillips and Will Scholey, Karl Garside moving from prop to hooker. The third change is more of a reshuffle, Alex Goble moves from left wing to outside centre, with Connor Wilkinson stepping in from 13 to 12, and Ellis Rudder moving from centre to the wing.

 

Speaking ahead of the game, England Counties U20 Team Manager, Peter Vernon, said:

 

“We’re excited about the second Test match where we can tweak a few areas of our game and reinforce some of our attacking and defensive principles.”

 

England Counties U20 XV

 

15 Charlie Venables

14 James Neal

13 Alex Goble

12 Connor Wilkinson

11 Ellis Rudder

10 Lewis Dennett

9 Ben Pointon

1 Hayden King

2 Karl Garside

3 Alex Post

4 Dale Lemon

5 James Apperley

6 Jack Thomas

7 Dan Broady

8 Adam Brankley

Replacements:

16 Will Scholey

17 Diana Montout Alexis

18 Max Berry

19 Kemp Price

20 Jack Harrison

21 Tim Bitirim

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