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)
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Speaking to GRTV after the final whistle, Tom Palmer praised the Cherry and Whites concentration and desire to hold on to a narrow 14-7 victory. The second row topped the tackle charts with 19 as he led the home team's resistance.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.