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Askew names team ahead of first World Championship encounter

31 March 2005


England Under 19s head coach, Tosh Askew, has today (Thursday) named a strong side to face Scotland in the IRB Under 19s World Championship curtain-raiser game on Friday (kick-off 1.30pm GMT).

Askew's squad of 26 players arrived in Durban, South Africa on Bank Holiday Monday for the tournament and over the next two weeks they will face Japan and defending World Champions New Zealand in the pool stages.

Askew said ahead of Friday's game at Kings Park: "This is a wonderful occasion for our guys and I hope they take the opportunity to do themselves justice through their performance. I felt we trained very well on Wednesday and the boys will be well prepared for the game."

England last played Scotland in the Six Nations championship earlier this year and despite a below-par performance they came away with an 18-6 win easing the Under 19s to a first ever Grand Slam title.

Askew added: "It is helpful we have played Scotland recently. However, it was our performance at that game which we were concerned with more than them. Since then we have addressed the problems we had in that game and moved forward.

"There is no doubt this is going to be a tough first game for us. The pressure will be on us. Scotland have got nothing to lose where as we are expected to beat them. These games between our countries are always very hard fought and I am sure this match will be no exception.

"We have obviously got to make sure we win this game but we also want a bonus point. If you are going to get through this competition and win it that is what you have to do. We feel we have a very strong side and we are expecting big things from them. That expectation brings its own pressures but the boys have got to be big enough to deal with it."

Danny Care of Leeds Tykes is the only player unavailable through a minor injury.

England Under 19s:

15 Shane Geraghty (London Irish)

14 Dominic Shabbo (London Irish)

13 Anthony Allen (Gloucester)

12 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

11 David Doherty (Leeds Tykes)

10 Danny Cipriani (London Wasps)

9   Ryan Lamb (Gloucester)

1   Dylan Hartley (Worcester)

2   Chris Brooker (Bath)

3   Tom Mercey (Saracens)

4   James Inglis (NEC Harlequins)

5   Alex Rae (Worcester )

6   Andrew Boyde (Leeds Tykes)

7   Marc Howgate (Leicester Tigers)

8   Jordan Crane (Leeds Tykes) Captain


Rob Webber (Leeds Tykes)

Alex Rogers (NEC Harlequins)

Kevin Davis (Leicester Tigers)

Mike Myerscough (Bath)

Donald Barrell (Saracens)

David Tait (Sale Sharks)

Alex Wright (Leicester Tigers)

Adam Powell (Saracens)

Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps)

Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby)