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Four changes for England Under 20 in Ireland

06 February 2013

  • Four changes for England Under 20 out in Ireland
  • We’re just looking forward to getting out there – Hunter
England Under 20 in action against Scotland

Photo: Tania Richards

England Under 20 have made four changes to the side that beat Scotland 15-6 in their opening Six Nations game with Mark Jennings, Henry Purdy, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi and Scott Wilson all coming in to face Ireland in Athlone on Friday night.

There are also two positional changes with Ben Howard switching from wing to full back and Luke Cowan-Dickie moving from loosehead prop to hooker.

England face an Ireland side who lost their opening game in Wales 17-15, but England Head Coach Rob Hunter is under no illusions as to the task in hand:

England Under 20 in action against Scotland

Photo: Tania Richards

“Ireland are always a tough side, particularly at home, we've had a good week and we’re just looking forward to getting out there now," he said.

Captain Jack Clifford added: “We’re a new group and learnt a lot from the game against Scotland. Focus is now on Ireland and we know that they’ll be up for it, but we’ll just focus on our processes and if we play to our potential then we know that we’re a good side.”

Keep up to date with the game on the RFU’s Twitter feed, @Official_RFU, kick off 7.35pm in Athlone, Ireland.

England Under 20 starting XV to play Ireland


15 Ben Howard (Worcester Warriors)
14 Jack Arnott (Exeter Chiefs)
13 Mark Jennings (Sale Sharks)
12 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
11 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)
10 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
9 Alex Day (Northampton Saints)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
3 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
4 Elliott Stooke (Gloucester Rugby)
5 Dom Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)
8 Jack Clifford (C) (Harlequins)

Replacements:

16 Max Crumpton (Saracens)
17 Nathan Morris (London Wasps)
18 Danny Herriott (Northampton Saints)
19 Tom Jubb (Saracens)
20 Harry Wells (Leicester Tigers)
21 Nathan Fowles (Sale Sharks)
22 Will Hooley (Northampton Saints)
23 Tom Collins (Northampton Saints)