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England U20s make six changes ahead of Ireland clash

England U20s make six changes ahead of Ireland clash

Emeka Ilione on his way to scoring a try for England U20s

England head coach Alan Dickens has made six changes to his side ahead of the crucial clash against Ireland on Saturday.

Dickens’ side host Ireland at StoneX Stadium looking to keep their Championship hopes alive and halt Ireland’s Grand Slam bid as they attempt to build on their 43-14 victory over Wales last time out.

George Hendry comes back into the side at full-back replacing Henry Arundell in the only change to the backs, while Dickens has made five changes to his pack.

In the front row, John Stewart replaces Finn Theobald-Thomas at hooker and Tim Hoyt comes in for Will Hobson at tighthead, while there is a full change in the second row as Lewis Chessum and Tom Lockett replace Charlie Rice and Alfie Bell.

In the back row, Ewan Richards comes in at blindside flanker for Chandler Cunningham-South, who drops to the bench.

Dickens said: “The team produced some good performances against Wales in the last round, although there were areas we should have capitalised on and we’ve been working on that this week.

“The competition within the squad is evident during training and drives the standards during the week.

“Our game against Ireland last summer was certainly a physical battle and we expect much the same at the weekend.  Ireland has secured three wins out three, so we know how tough a challenge it is going to be.

“The players have given their all during training and I have no doubt that they will take that onto the pitch at StoneX Stadium on Saturday night.”


England U20 v Ireland U2015. George Hendy (Northampton Saints, Caps 2)14. Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears, Caps 6)13. Jacob Cusick (Leicester Tigers, Caps 1)12. Ethan Grayson (Northampton Saints, Caps 3)11. Cassius Cleaves (Harlequins, Caps 1)10. Jamie Benson (Harlequins, 3 Caps)9. Sam Edwards (Leicester Tigers, Caps 2)1. Fin Baxter (Harlequins, Caps 4)2. John Stewart (Bath Rugby, Caps 3)3. Tim Hoyt (Leicester Tigers, Caps 0)4. Lewis Chessum (Leicester Tigers, Caps 1)5. Tom Lockett (Northampton Saints, Caps 1)6. Ewan Richards (Bath Rugby, Caps 5)7. Toby Knight (Saracens, Caps 2)8. Emeka Ilione (Leicester Tigers, Caps 4) – Captain Replacements16. Finn Theobald-Thomas (Worcester Warriors, Caps 2)17. Mark Dormer (Newcastle Falcons, Caps 2)18. Mikey Summerfield (London Irish, Caps 3)19. Chandler Cunningham-South (London Irish, Caps 1)20. Lucas Brooke (London Irish, Caps 2)21. Nye Thomas (Sale Sharks, Caps 0)22. Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons, Caps 2)23. Will Joseph (London Irish, Caps 0)