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Cherry & White quartet named in England U20s side for Six Nations opener

Four Cherry & Whites have been named in the England U20s squad to take on France on Saturday (KO 5pm live on BBC iPlayer). 

Jack Clement (8) and Freddie Thomas (6)  both start in the back-row for the opening round of the Six Nations, with Arthur Clark (19) and Louis Hillman-Cooper (25) amongst the replacements. 

Due to COVID-19 regulations teams are permitted to name a squad of 26 players for each fixture in this year’s competition, this means that there are now 11 replacements available for use during a match.

Head Coach Alan Dickens said: “We’ve had a really good training week and the attitude and commitment from the lads has been outstanding.
 
“On Tuesday we were able to have a joint session with Eddie Jones and the senior team. It was fantastic to be able to incorporate that into our preparation for the Six Nations, but also for players to experience what it’s like at the next level.
 
“France are a quality side and will be a challenge. We need to be ready for what will no doubt be a physical encounter.
 
“This week the focus has been on us and what we can control. That said, we will need to have the ability to tactically adapt within the game situation.

“I also want the players to go out there and enjoy the experience. For many of them it’s their first Six Nations and that will be a very special moment that I want them to remember on Saturday night.
 
“We’re looking forward to getting out on pitch at Cardiff Arms Park now, putting in an 80-minute performance and kicking off our Six Nations campaign.” 

 

England U20 starting XV 

15 Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby) 
14 Deago Bailey (Bristol Rugby)
13 Jack Bates (Bristol Rugby)
12 Dan Lancaster (Leeds Tykes) 
11 Arthur Relton (Exeter Chiefs)
10 Fin Smith (Worcester Warriors) 
9 Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers)* 
1 Lewis Holsey (Worcester Warriors) 
2 Archie Vanes (Leicester Tigers)
3 Luke Green (London Irish)*
4 Ewan Richards (Bath Rugby)
5 Alex Groves (Bristol Bears)
6 Freddie Thomas (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Lucas Brooke (London Irish)  
8 Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby)*
 
Replacements       
16 Sam Riley (Harlequins)* 
17 Phil Brantingham (Newcastle Falcons)
18 Harvey Beaton (Saracens)*
19 Arthur Clark (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Emeka Ilione (Leicester Tigers)
21 Nahum Merigan (Bath Rugby)
22 Tom Carr-Smith (Bath Rugby)
23 Tommy Mathews (unattached)
24 Phil Cokanasiga (London Irish)
25 Louis Hillman-Cooper (Gloucester Rugby)
26 Tom Litchfield (Northampton Saints)
 
*Previously capped at U20

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