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England name side for Under-19 clash with Wales

28 February 2007

February 28, 2007

England Under-19 have made six changes to their starting line-up for Friday night's clash with Wales at Aberavon (7.15pm).

The side led by Hugo Ellis won 18-11 last time out against Italy in January with the London Wasps number eight scoring both his side's tries.

Coaches Dorian West - standing in for Nigel Redman this week - and Mark Mapletoft will get a chance to look at new combinations in midfield and in the front-row in the build-up to this season's Under-19 World Championships.

Joe Simpson, who started against Wales last season and played in last summer's IRB tournament in Dubai, returns from injury to play at scrum-half.

Outside him Worcester Warriors' Greg King comes in at centre to play alongside Alex Tait, his club teammate Miles Benjamin is in on the wing to win his first cap and David Smith moves to fill Tait's full-back berth.

Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby) and Alex Corbisiero (London Irish) come into the front-row, while Scott Hobson (Cornish Pirates) starts at lock.

England will aim to reverse last year's result against Wales, a 13-10 defeat at NEC Harlequins secured by a late try from Cardiff Blues flanker Daniel Franks.

England Under-19
15 David Smith (Northampton Saints)
14 Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors)
13 Alex Tait (Newcastle Falcons)
12 Greg King (Worcester Warriors & Hartpury Collge)
11 Noah Cato (Saracens)
10 Adam Greendale (Leeds Tykes & Hymers College)
9 Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
1 Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
2 Joe Williams (Cinderford)
3 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
4 Ben Thomas (Saracens)
5 Scott Hobson (Cornish Pirates)
6 Matthew Cox (Worcester Warriors)
7 Andy Saull (Saracens)
8 Hugo Ellis (London Wasps, captain)

16 Jack Steadman (Bristol Rugby)
17 Matt Deacon (Worcester Warriors & Hartpury College)
18 Billy Moss (Bath Rugby)
19 Greg Gillanders (Leicester Tigers)
20 Garth Dew (Sale Sharks)
21 Richard Bolt (Exeter Chiefs)
22 Ed Lewis-Pratt (London Irish)
23 Tom Bedford (Exeter Chiefs)