Henry Trinder and Charlie Sharples will start a World Cup Final having been named in the England U20s side to face New Zealand in Tokyo tomorrow. Shaun Knight, Dan Williams and Dave Lewis are on the bench.
England U20s coach Mark Mapletoft was posed some serious questions when selecting his final squad. England's 40-21 win over South Africa in Wednesday's semi final boosted confidence for the U20s' re run of last year's final, when England finished runners up to New Zealand.
After trailing the Baby Boks 11-9 at half time, England's young players stepped up their semi final second half performance, scoring four tries.
Mapletoft and assistant coach Martin Haag are confident of meeting the challenge. Their starting lineup reflects the need to come out firing on all cylinders, with strength up front and the creativity and speed to put points on the board.
"People say games are won and lost up front and there's no doubt that we have a strong pack," said Mapletoft.
"But you also need a good blend and we've got great half backs, a decent backline, pace out wide and a phenomenal goal kicker, which is a big plus in keeping momentum."
"Tom Homer averages 87% which is an incredible success rate for a player of his age. When you think that he's had limited top level kicking experience it's quite amazing."
Seven of the 22 were part of last year's tournament and for captain Calum Clark, Ben Youngs, Rob Miller and Luke Eves the match is a chance to avenge last year's 38-3 defeat.
"Guys are only available for this age group for two years. For these guys, especially the four that played against the Kiwis last year, the possibility of reaching - and losing - two finals undoubtedly gives them extra personal motivation."
"But this is a team goal as well. It's our number one long term goal and I know all the lads want to give it everything. They've been really conscientious with their recovery and everything is geared up to that first whistle on Sunday.
"We're well prepared, we know what we're doing and we know what they're about. And we know that on the day, the best team will win."
You can watch this Sunday's final, which kicks off at 3pm local time (7am UK time) live and free online at www.irb.com or on Eurosport 2.
ENGLAND UNDER 20S
IRB Toshiba Junior World Championship Final
15 Tom Homer (London Irish); 14 George Lowe (Harlequins), 13 Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby), 12 Luke Eves (Bristol Rugby), 11 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby); 10 Rory Clegg (Newcastle Falcons), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 1 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), 2 Jamie George (Saracens), 3 Bob Baker (London Wasps); 4 Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors), 5 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks); 6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), 7 Calum Clark (Leeds Carnegie, captain), 8 Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks)
16 James Clark (London Irish), 17 Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 18 Dan Williams (Gloucester Rugby), 19 Josh Ovens (Bath Rugby), 20 Dave Lewis (Gloucester Rugby), 21 Rob Miller (Newcastle Falcons), 22 Jack Cobden (Leicester Tigers)
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).