England U20s Head Coach Mark Mapletoft has named his side to take on Samoa in their final Pool B group match. Three Gloucester Rugby players are in the starting line up and two more on the bench.
In all, England make eight changes to the team that started the 30-7 win over Scotland.
Wing George Lowe (Harlequins), fly half Rory Clegg (Newcastle Falcons) and scrum half Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) return in the backline.
James Clark (London Irish) makes his first start of the tournament at hooker, with prop Bob Baker (London Wasps), lock Dan Williams (Gloucester Rugby) and No.8 Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks) drafted into the pack.
Charlie Sharples and Henry Trinder retain their places in the backline whilst Shaun Knight and Dave Lewis are named amongst the replacements.
A win would put second seeds England into the Tokyo semi finals to meet the winner of tomorrow's South Africa v France game in Osaka.
England Under 20
15 Tom Homer (London Irish); 14 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), 13 Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby), 12 Luke Eves (Bristol Rugby), 11 George Lowe (Harlequins); 10 Rory Clegg (Newcastle Falcons), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 1 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)
2 James Clark (London Irish), 3 Bob Baker (London Wasps); 4 Dan Williams (Gloucester Rugby), 5 Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors); 6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints),
7 Calum Clark (Leeds Carnegie, captain), 8 Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks)
16 Jamie George (Saracens), 17 Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 18 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), 19 Josh Ovens (Bath Rugby), 20 Dave Lewis (Gloucester Rugby), 21 Rob Miller (Newcastle Falcons), 22 Greig Tonks (Leicester Tigers)
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys admitted that team selection for Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at Bath has not been an easy one, with numerous players ruled out due to injury and suspension. However, he pledged that whoever is wearing the Cherry and White will be 100% committed to fighting until the very last minute.
Speaking to GRTV after the 35-13 Aviva Premiership victory over London Irish, Tom Savage praised his team mates for sticking to their game plan and showing real character to clinch an impressive win despite only playing with 14 men for nearly an hour.
With Connacht Rugby the visitors to Kingsholm on Sunday (kick off 3:30pm) for Sunday's European Rugby Champions Cup play-off, Gloucester ring the changes from the side that took the field against Bath last weekend.
Matt Kvesic was a double winner at the Gloucester Rugby End of Season Awards Dinner on Tuesday, coupled with being named in the England Rugby training squad and the 23-year old is delighted with how his campaign has gone.
Gloucester Rugby held their End of Season Dinner at the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse this week. Amongst all the awards, Thinus Delport interviewed James Hook, Laurie Fisher, Charlie Sharples and Billy Twelvetrees.