13 December 2019
London Irish pair ready for U20 Six Nations showdown
9 March 2018
Josh Basham starts in the back-row, while Rory Brand is named among the replacements for tonight's U20 Six Nations clash against France in Beziers (kick-off 8pm GMT).
The match is the fourth fixture of the 2018 U20 Six Nations with unbeaten France leading the table with three bonus-point victories so far in the tournament.
England have two bonus-point victories and a defeat against Scotland from their three games heading into Friday’s fixture.
Steve Bates said: “Friday is going to be a massive challenge for the squad but it is one we’re relishing.
“We know this is going to be a tough game, they have played exceptionally well in their three games and at home they are going to be a real handful.
“However, that’s the beauty of the Six Nations, this is going to be a huge challenge that many of the players would not have experienced before and I’m expecting them to rise to it.
“I want to see us bounce back from the disappointment of losing to Scotland. We have to match France physically and play with intensity. I expect our forwards to be abrasive and our backs to play at a high-tempo.
“We have to be more accurate with the ball, keep our composure and raise our game.”
15. James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
14. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)
13. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
12. Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks)
11. Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers)
10. Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers)
9. Ben White (Leicester Tigers)
1. Toby Trinder (Northampton Saints)
2. Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby)
3. Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs)
4. Dino Lamb (Harlequins)
5. Sam Lewis (Leicester Tigers)
6. Josh Basham (London Irish)
7. Ben Earl (capt) (Saracens)
8. Sam Moore (Sale Sharks)
16. Gabriel Oghre (Wasps)
17. Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
18. Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints)
19. James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
20. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
21. Rory Brand (London Irish)
22. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors)
23. Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby)