12 June 2017
England Under-20s have named London Irish duo Theo Brophy Clews and Tom Parton in their side to face South Africa in tomorrow’s World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final in Georgia (kick-off 3pm BST, live on ITV 4).
Brophy Clews and Parton both retain their place at inside centre and full-back respectively, the Exiles’ Academy graduates having impressed during last week’s dramatic 20-19 triumph over Australia.
England are unbeaten in the tournament and take on the Springboks in a repeat of last year’s semi-final.
“I want to see the guys go out there, enjoy themselves and play with a lot of energy,” said England Under-20 Assistant Coach Tom Williams.
“This group has got huge character, they have shown it against Ireland to win the Grand Slam and they showed it against Australia in their final pool game.
“South Africa are an interesting team because they provide two separate types of challenges. They have a big forward pack and some quick and exciting backs.”
England Under-20s: 15 Tom Parton (London Irish), 14 Darren Atkins (Bath Rugby), 13 Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), 12 Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish), 11 Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins), 10 Max Mallins (Saracens), 9 Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), 1 Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens), 2 Joe Mullis (Gloucester Rugby), 3 Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs), 4 Josh Caulfield (Exeter Chiefs), 5 Justin Clegg (Worcester Warriors), 6 Dino Lamb (Harlequins), 7 Ben Earl (Saracens), 8 Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)
Replacements: 16 Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby), 17 Ollie Dawe, 18 Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 19 Max Davies (Newcastle Falcons), 20 Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby), 21 Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby), 22 Jacob Umaga (Wasps), 23 Paolo Odogwu (Sale Sharks)
England's 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship fixtures
England 74 v 14 Samoa: Wednesday 31 May – Avchala Stadium
England 34 v 22 Wales: Sunday 4 June - Avchala Stadium
England 20 v 19 Australia: Thursday 8 June - Avchala Stadium
Semi-final - England v South Africa: Tuesday 13 June - Mikheil Meskhi Stadium
Final and knock-out matches (Sunday 18 June) Details TBC
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