Baxter and Riley start for England U20 vs Wales

Tuesday, 6th July 2021 @ 10:59

Harlequins front row duo Fin Baxter and Sam Riley have been named to start in England U20s Six Nations clash with Wales this week

In his third consecutive start for the U20 side this tournament, hooker Riley looks to continue his impressive start to the national side's campaign, standing out as both a physical presence and a try scorer, with an impressive four tries to his name in three games.

Prop Baxter earns his first appearance of the tournament, packing down with Riley in the front row. A promising young loosehead, Baxter last featured for Quins in June against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester.

Commenting, England U20s Head Coach Alan Dickens said: "Last week we had a hugely physical match and so we’ve made sure we’ve recovered well since then.

“I was really pleased with the character and effort from the team and seeing another improvement in our performance. I’m looking for the players to build on that again heading into this game.

“We know Wales v England is always a special match in the Six Nations and we are expecting another strong challenge on Wednesday from a team on home turf.

“I’ve made a few more changes to our starting line up which is reflective of the competition for places among the squad.

“Tom Roebuck made a very positive impact from the bench against Ireland so I want to see what he can do starting the game. I’ve also been impressed with Fin Baxter who has been training with us this past week and it will be great to see him win his first U20’s cap on Wednesday night.

“The hard work and the effort the players have put in so far through this Six Nations competition and during the season as a whole has been outstanding. We will continue to push that in this game and can’t wait to get back out on pitch again.”

Teams are permitted to name a squad of 26 players for each fixture in this year’s competition due to Covid-19 regulations. Eight of the 11 replacements named in a squad can be used during the match.

England U20 starting XV 
15 Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby)
14 Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks)
13 Jack Bates (Bristol Bears)
12 Dan Lancaster (Leeds Tykes)
11 Arthur Relton (Exeter Chiefs)
10 Fin Smith (Worcester Warriors)
9 Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers) Captain
1 Fin Baxter (Harlequins)
2 Sam Riley (Harlequins)
3 Harvey Kindell-Beaton (Saracens)
4 Arthur Clark (Gloucester Rugby)
5 Alex Groves (Bristol Bears)
6 Ewan Richards (Bath Rugby)
7 Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby)
8 Nahum Merigan (Bath Rugby)

16 Archie Vanes (Leicester Tigers)
17 Lewis Holsey (Worcester Warriors).
18 Luke Green (London Irish)
19 Freddie Thomas (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Josh Gray (Gloucester Rugby)
21 Ollie Stonham (Saracens)
22 Tom Carr-Smith (Bath Rugby)
23 Tommy Mathews (Hartpury University RFC)
24 Phil Cokanasiga (London Irish)
25 Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears)
26 Charlie Atkinson (Wasps)

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