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Kvesic to lead England U20 against Scotland

13 June 2011

  • England U20 make nine changes for JWC game against Scotland
  • Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic to captain the side in Treviso
Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic, who will captain England in their second match at the Junior World Championship against Scotland

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England Under 20 have made nine changes to the side that started the 33-25 win against Ireland in their Junior World Championship opener for the game against Scotland in Treviso on Tuesday, June 14.

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports 4, kick off 5.10pm.

Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic will captain the side in place of Newcastle Falcons No. 8 Alex Gray, who is on the bench, while Saracens fly half Owen Farrell starts at No. 10 for the first time in his England career in place of Leicester Tigers’ George Ford.

Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers), Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Will Collier (Harlequins), Sam Twomey (Harlequins), Sam Jones (London Wasps), Marland Yarde (London Irish), Christian Wade (London Wasps) and Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby) also come into the starting XV.

Rotation policy important for Hunter

England Under 20 Head Coach Rob Hunter directs training at the Junior World Championship in Italy

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Head Coach Rob Hunter is keen to stress that the rotation policy is all part of having a squad, particularly at the Junior World Championship, where the games come thick and fast.

"We’re very lucky to have such strength in depth across all positions within the squad,” he said. "It’s important that we rotate effectively so that we get the most out of these guys over the five games.

"Matt Kvesic has been named captain and he’s a player who leads from the front. He’s a natural leader in terms of his actions on the pitch and he’s very well supported by the players around him.

"We’re lucky again in the sense that we have players with good amounts of captaincy experience at their club sides and it all bodes well. It’s a great opportunity and a great honour for Matt, he deserves it, and I’m sure he’ll grab it with both hands.

Hunter expects Scotland to be a different proposition than in their 6 Nations encounter, based around their set piece.

He added: "Scotland will really come at us. We may have beaten them in the 6 Nations but out here it really is a different ball game. They will have improved since then, just as I hope we have, but they have a very strong set-piece and they’ll be a real challenge.”

England U20 team to face Scotland
Player Club
15 Jonathan Joseph London Irish
14 Marland Yarde London Irish
13 Elliot Daly London Wasps
12 Ryan Mills Gloucester Rugby
11 Christian Wade London Wasps
10 Owen Farrell Saracens
9 Dan Robson Gloucester Rugby
1 Ryan Bower Leicester Tigers
2 Rob Buchanan Harlequins
3 Will Collier Harlequins
4 Sam Twomey Harlequins
5 Joe Launchbury London Wasps
6 Matt Kvesic (C) Worcester Warriors
7 Matt Everard Leicester Tigers
Sam Jones London Wasps
Player Club
16 Koree Britton Gloucester Rugby
17 Henry Thomas Sale Sharks
18 Charlie Matthews Harlequins
19 Alex Gray Newcastle Falcons
20 Chris Cook Bath Rugby
21 George Ford Leicester Tigers
22 Ben Ransom Saracens