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Hunter names Farrell in side to face Scotland U20

09 March 2011

  • Hunter names starting XV to face Scotland in Newbury on Friday
  • It’s nice to have such good competition for places – Hunter
England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter

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England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter has named a strong side to face Scotland at Newbury’s Monks Lane on Friday night, kick off 8pm.

The most notable inclusions see Aviva Premiership regulars Owen Farrell (Saracens) brought in at 12 while Sale Sharks prop Henry Thomas will start on the bench.

In total there are five personnel changes and one positional alteration to the side that started the 19-8 victory over France in Worcester two weeks ago.

Farrell is joined by London Wasps pair Joe Launchbury and Christian Wade at No.4 and No.11 respectively, while Gloucester Rugby scrum half Dan Robson and Harlequins hooker Rob Buchanan also start.

The positional change sees London Irish’s Kieran Low switch from lock to blindside flanker.

London Wasps forward Sam Jones makes his first U20 appearance of the season on the bench, along with London Irish’s flying wing Jonathan Joseph.

We're in a good position this week – Hunter

Saracens' Owen Farrell

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Speaking about his match day squad Hunter said: “We’ve made a few changes and it’s nice to have such good competition for places.

“We’re in a good position this week where we have a lot of players available to us, but we have a lot of guys performing well and putting pressure on each other.

“Scotland will be strong, committed, quick and organised. They present a different challenge from the three sides we’ve faced so far and any game against Scotland is huge due to the enormous amount of history and spice between the two nations.”

The England U20 match against Scotland will be live on the Sky Sports 3 red button. Tickets are available on the door at Monks Lane from £12, with children under ten receiving free entry.

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