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Tom Seabrook comes into England U20 starting line-up to face Italy

Tom Seabrook comes into England U20 starting line-up to face Italy
England U20s Head Coach Steve Bates has named his side to play Italy in the fourth round of the U20 Six Nations Championship at Bedford’s Goldington Road on Friday (KO 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports).

Bates has made three changes to the starting XV who faced Wales in Colwyn Bay.

James Scott comes into the second row in place of Alex Coles, while Rus Tuima gets a first U20 start having been named at number eight with Tom Willis switching to blindside flanker.

Tom Seabrook comes in at outside centre, replacing the injured Connor Doherty while Willis will captain the side for a second-successive match.

[caption id="attachment_25690" align="alignnone" width="708"]Tom Seabrook Tom Seabrook (c) England Rugby[/caption]

England’s front row and halfback pairing are unchanged, as is the back three which means that Gloucester Rugby’s Olly Adkins and Aaron Hinkley will both start again with Jack Bartlett and Jack Reeves named amongst the replacements.

Bates’ side are looking for a second win in the Championship, having defeated world champions France in Exeter, while England have lost their away fixtures to Ireland and Wales.

Following Friday’s game in Bedford, England will end their Championship against Scotland at Northampton’s Franklin’s Gardens on Friday 15 March.

Steve Bates said:

“On reflection we had a disappointing result against Wales but we played a lot of rugby in the manner we had prepared to, we just didn’t execute it as clinically as we’d liked to.

“The message to the squad is to continue to believe in what we are doing, be a bit more accurate in the final third and make sure the pressure we are putting on our opponents is turned into some scoreboard advantage.

“We saw against France in Exeter how much of a part home support can have and the players are all looking forward to taking on Italy in Bedford and we are hopeful it can give us that extra edge over Italy.”

England U20s

  1. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons); 14. Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), 13. Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby), 12. Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), 11. Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish) 10. Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks), 9. Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie); 1. Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby) 2. Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), 3. Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs); 4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors); 6. Tom Willis (Wasps), 7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), 8. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)


  1. Samson Ma'asi (Northampton Saints)

  2. Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors)

  3. Jack Bartlett (Gloucester Rugby)

  4. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints)

  5. Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs)

  6. Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs)

  7. Manu Vunipola (Saracens)

  8. Jack Reeves (Gloucester Rugby)

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