England U20s side to play Scotland

England U20s side to play Scotland

England U20s head coach Steve Bates has named his side to play Scotland on Thursday in their final Pool B fixture of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Beziers.

The side will be captained by scrum-half Ben White (Leicester Tigers) with three players making their first starts of the tournament in France.

Prop Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby) and hooker Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors) are named in the front row, while flanker Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby) also starts his first game.


Saracens back Ali Crossdale has been ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an injury in the opening pool game and will be replaced by London Irish’s Matt Williams, who is among the replacements for Thursday’s game.

England U20s

15. James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
14. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)
13. Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers)
12. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors)
11. Ben Loader (London Irish)
10. Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers)
9. Ben White – captain (Leicester Tigers)
1. Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
2. Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors)
3. Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints)
4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby)
8. Tom Willis (Wasps)

Replacements:
16. Gabriel Oghre (Wasps)
17. Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
18. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
19. Josh Basham (London Irish)
20. Ben Curry (Sale Sharks)
21. Rory Brand (London Irish)
22. Matt Williams (London Irish)
23. Tom Parton (London Irish)

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