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England U20 name side to face France

24 February 2011

  • Rob Hunter makes one change to starting XV for France clash on Sunday
  • London Irish lock Kieran Low comes in for Exeter Chiefs' Addison Lockley
England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter issues orders during training

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England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter has made one change to the starting XV that comprehensively beat Italy 74-3 when his side takes on France this Sunday in Worcester, kick off 3.15pm.

London Irish lock Keiran Low comes in for Exeter Chiefs' Addison Lockley and there are also changes on the bench.

Gloucester's Koree Britton replaces Exeter Chiefs' Luke Cowan-Dickie who joins back up with the U18 squad as they prepare to take on Italy in Sale.

London Wasps scrum half Jonah Holmes takes the place of Gloucester's Dan Robson who is unavailable and the final change sees Charlie Walker from Harlequins come in for London Irish centre Guy Armitage who was injured against Italy.

Much like the seniors, England U20 put their unbeaten 6 Nations record on the line in Worcester and after victories against Wales and Italy in their opening games, Hunter is keen to keep the confidence flowing.

We've got momentum – Hunter

The England U20 squad line up ahead of their clash against Italy in Bath

Photo: Getty Images

"France will be tough," he said. "They are very skilful, very physical and very fast. The lads have got where they are because of the hard work they have put in during the camps.

"We are looking forward to the challenge that France present, we've got momentum and we need to carry that into this game."

Hunter's men head the bill at Sixways as table-topping Championship club Worcester play host to a tantalising treble of matches. England U20 Women face their French counterparts at 11am before the Senior Women side also plays France, kicking off at 1.05pm. The England U20 match will be live on the Sky Sports 3 red button.

England U20 team to face France
Player Club
15 Ben Ransom Saracens
14 Andy Short Worcester Warriors
13 Elliot Daly London Wasps
12 Ryan Mills Gloucester Rugby
11 Jamie Elliott Northampton Saints
10 George Ford Leicester Tigers
9 Chris Cook Bath Rugby
1 Mako Vunipola Bristol Rugby
2 Mike Haywood Northampton Saints
3 Will Collier Harlequins
4 Kieran Low London Irish
5 Charlie Matthews Harlequins
6 Matt Kvesic Worcester Warriors
7 Matt Everard Leicester Tigers
8 Alex Gray (C) Newcastle Falcons
Replacements
Player Club
16 Rob Buchanan Harlequins
17 Koree Britton GloucesterRugby
18 Addison Lockley Exeter Chiefs
19 Ollie Stedman Leeds Carnegie
20 Jonah Holmes London Wasps
21 Christian Wade London Wasps
22 Charlie Walker Harlequins