Jun 19, 2014
Saracens starlets picked for IRB JWC final
Sevens Saracens representatives will be involved in the IRB Junior World Championship, as England Under 20 take on South Africa on Friday at Eden Park (kick-off 0835am BST, live on Sky Sports).
Saracens Academy lock Maro Itoje will captain the side; he is joined by IRB Junior Player of the Year nominee Nathan Earle in the starting XV. Centre Nick Tomkins also starts, as do full-back Aaron Morris and scrum-half Henry Taylor who have both recently joined the Saracens Senior Academy.
On the bench, tighthead prop Biyi Alo is joined by fellow Saracens Academy star Hayden Thompson-Stringer.
England are competing in their third final in four years, and will be hoping to defend the title they secured in France last season, beating Wales 23-15.
England U20s Head Coach Nick Walshe said: “This is a great opportunity for our guys – they have been excellent all trip and have fully deserved to get to where they are.
“South Africa will be a difficult challenge, but we’re focusing on ourselves – we’re putting a real emphasis on performing for the full 80 minutes, we feel that we have played well in patches throughout the tournament but we want to see a complete performance.”
England U20 side to face South Africa
15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues); 14 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints), 13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens), 12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins), 11 Nathan Earle (Saracens); 10 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby), 9 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University & Saracens); 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints), 2 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby), 3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie), 4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, captain), 5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), 6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby), 7 Gus Jones (London Wasps), 8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)
16 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie), 17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps), 18 Biyi Alo (Saracens), 19 Hayden Thompson-Stringer (Saracens), 20 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs), 21 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby), 22 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints), 23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Rugby)