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)
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
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The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.