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England Under 20 name side to play Ireland

16 June 2012

  • England Under 20 make nine changes for Ireland
  • Good teams learn from their defeats – Walker

England Under 20 captain Ryan Mills in action

Photo: Getty Images

England Under 20 have named their side for tomorrow’s fifth place semi final against Ireland in the IRB Junior World Championship, making nine changes from the side that lost out to South Africa.

England beat Ireland 20-15 earlier in the tournament and 20-9 in this season’s Under 20 Six Nations, but captain Chris Walker says that this game promises to be a tough one.

“The conditions were pretty poor last time we played each other,” he said. “Hopefully on a dry patch we’ll be able to play more of an expansive game, but this will be the third time we’ve played the Irish this year and we know what a good side they are.

“They pushed us hard a week ago and we’re looking forward to going out there and giving it our best. We we’re pretty down after the loss against South Africa but good teams learn from their defeats and we’re hoping to bounce back against Ireland.”

Head Coach Rob Hunter added: “We’re looking forward to seeing how the lads react. We’ve freshened the side up and the lads are keen to get back on the pitch and play some rugby.”

England Under 20 starting XV against Ireland

15 Ben Ransom (Saracens)
14 Will Addison (Sale Sharks)
13 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
12 Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)
11 Josh Bassett (Bedford Blues)
10 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
9 Ben Spencer (Saracens)

1 Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)
2 Nathan Morris (London Wasps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
4 Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)
5 George Merrick (Harlequins)
6 David Sisi (London Irish)
7 Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie) (C)
8 Jack Clifford (Harlequins)


16 Max Crumpton (Saracens)
17 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
18 Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)
19 Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)
20 Ben Nutley (Northampton)
21 Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)
22 Tommy Bell (London Wasps)
23 Marland Yarde (London Irish)