May 10, 2018
Kpoku in line for England U20s debut
Joel Kpoku will make his England Under-20s debut against the Junior Springboks on Friday at Sixways.
The young lock is a product of Saracens’ academy and has impressed with performances for Storm in the A League this season.
The match kicks off at 19H30 will be available to watch live on englandrugby.com and FreeSports.
The fixture is crucial preparation ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship in France (30 May – 17 June).
Steve Bates said: “Playing South Africa is really going to focus everyone’s attention before the World Rugby U20 Championship and will provide us with valuable playing time before the tournament begins.
“This fixture also gives us an opportunity to finalise our squad for the tournament in France as well as get the players together to start preparing for the challenges ahead.
"During the Six Nations we played well in patches and now the aim for us is to turn up the heat and play at a consistently high level.”
15. Tom Parton (London Irish)
14. Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby)
13. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors)
12. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
11. Ben Loader (London Irish)
10. James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
9. Ben White (Leicester Tigers)
1. Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
2. Gabriel Oghre (Wasps)
3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby)
8. Tom Willis (Wasps)
16. Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby)
17. Toby Trinder (Northampton Saints)
18. Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints)
19. Sam Lewis (Leicester Tigers)
20. Josh Basham (London Irish)
21. Rory Brand (London Irish)
22. Sam Morley (Exeter Chiefs)
23. Luke James (Sale Sharks)