Riley and Baxter to start for England U20s

Monday, 12th July 2021 @ 12:21

England will seal an U20 Six Nations Grand Slam if they beat Italy on Tuesday

Sam Riley and Fin Baxter have been named in the starting XV for England Under-20s' Six Nations Grand Slam decider.

England have won all four matches in the tournament so far and victory over Italy, who have won just once, would seal a clean sweep.

Riley, who has scored five times, will start at hooker alongside Baxter, who makes his second appearance at loosehead having won player of the match last time out against Wales.

The match, which kicks off at 1.45pm tomorrow, will be streamed on the England Rugby website and Six Nations YouTube channel.

Head Coach Alan Dickens said: “I think the players have really grown together as a group throughout the competition.

“Each week we have asked them to go out and improve on the previous performance and each time they’ve done that.

“They’ve worked really hard and really driven each other to get better every training session and I’ve been pleased to see such great character from the squad.

“We know the Italians are a tough outfit and I think they have been excellent so far in this competition.

“I’m sure they’ll be looking to take their first-half performance from their game against Ireland and build on that going into our game and we need to be prepared for that.

“This will be the last time this group of players takes to the pitch together and I want them to go out, put in a good performance, enjoy the moment and take away some special memories from our time here in Cardiff.”

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 Tommy Mathews (Hartpury University RFC)
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 Tarek Haffar (London Irish)
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 Fin Smith (Worcester Warriors)
24 Phil Cokanasiga (London Irish)
25 Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears)
26 Charlie Atkinson (Wasps)

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