London Irish duo Theo Brophy Clews and Tom Parton have been named in the England Under-20s squad for this Thursday’s World Rugby U20 Championship showdown with Australia in Georgia (kick-off 5.30pm).
Recording successive bonus-point victories in their opening two pool matches, England now face the Wallabies looking to secure their safe passage through to the semi-finals.
“It’s been a short turnaround but training has been good and we’ve worked hard off the field more importantly,” said England Under-20 Head Coach Ian Vass.
“We’re confident in what we’re trying to achieve and that’s to get to the World Rugby U20 Championship Semi-final.”
England U20s: 15 Tom Parton (London Irish) , 14 Paulo Odogwu (Sale Sharks), 13 Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), 12 Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish), 11 Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins), 10 Max Mallins (Saracens) (c), 9 Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby), 1 Ollie Dawe (Bristol Rugby), 2 Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby), 3 Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs), 4 Josh Caulfield (Exeter Chiefs), 5 Jack Nay (Saracens), 6 Dino Lamb (Harlequins), 7 Ben Earl (Saracens), 8 Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) (c)
Replacements: 16 Joe Mullis (Gloucester Rugby), 17 Ralph Adams (Saracens), 18 Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 19 Justin Clegg (Worcester Warriors), 20 Max Davies (Newcastle Falcons), 21 Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby), 22 Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), 23 Darren Atkins (Bath Rugby)
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