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Posted Tuesday, July 6th 2021

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Bates and Groves retain England U20 starting spots

Jack Bates and Alex Groves will start their fourth game in a row when England men’s U20 face Wales on Wednesday in the U20 Six Nations (KO 8pm BST LIVE on BBC iPlayer, S4C Clic, S4C, EnglandRugby.com and Six Nations YouTube).

Bates is named at outside centre and Groves starts in the second row, while there is a recall for Deago Bailey among the replacements.
 
Head coach, Alan Dickens, said: “Last week we had a hugely physical match and so we’ve made sure we’ve recovered well since then.
 
“I was really pleased with the character and effort from the team and seeing another improvement in our performance. I’m looking for the players to build on that again heading into this game.
 
“We know Wales v England is always a special match in the Six Nations and we are expecting another strong challenge on Wednesday from a team on home turf.
 
“I’ve made a few more changes to our starting line-up which is reflective of the competition for places among the squad.
 
“Tom Roebuck made a very positive impact from the bench against Ireland so I want to see what he can do starting the game. I’ve also been impressed with Fin Baxter who has been training with us this past week and it will be great to see him win his first U20’s cap on Wednesday night.
 
“The hard work and the effort the players have put in so far through this Six Nations competition and during the season as a whole has been outstanding. We will continue to push that in this game and can’t wait to get back out on pitch again.”
 
Teams are permitted to name a squad of 26 players for each fixture in this year’s competition due to Covid-19 regulations. Eight of the 11 replacements named in a squad can be used during the match.

 
England U20 starting XV  
15 Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby)
14 Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks)
13 Jack Bates (Bristol Bears)
12 Dan Lancaster (Leeds Tykes)
11 Arthur Relton (Exeter Chiefs)
10 Fin Smith (Worcester Warriors)
9 Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers) Captain
1 Fin Baxter (Harlequins)
2 Sam Riley (Harlequins)
3 Harvey Kindell-Beaton (Saracens)
4 Arthur Clark (Gloucester Rugby)
5 Alex Groves (Bristol Bears)
6 Ewan Richards (Bath Rugby)
7 Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby)
8 Nahum Merigan (Bath Rugby)
 
Replacements
16 Archie Vanes (Leicester Tigers)
17 Lewis Holsey (Worcester Warriors).
18 Luke Green (London Irish)
19 Freddie Thomas (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Josh Gray (Gloucester Rugby)
21 Ollie Stonham (Saracens)
22 Tom Carr-Smith (Bath Rugby)
23 Tommy Mathews (Hartpury University RFC)
24 Phil Cokanasiga (London Irish)
25 Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears)
26 Charlie Atkinson (Wasps)
 
England men’s U20 Six Nations results and fixtures (all at Cardiff Arms Park)

ENGLAND (3) 38
Tries: Brooke, Riley 2, O. Bailey, Relton Cons: Smith 5 Pens: Smith 
FRANCE (19) 22
Tries: Eppe 3 Cons: Debaes 2 Pens: Debaes 
 
ENGLAND (19) 31
Tries: Van Poortvliet, Smith, D. Bailey, Riley, Relton Cons: Smith 3 
SCOTLAND (5) 12
Tries: Townsend, Leatherbarrow Con: Scott  
 
IRELAND (0) 15
Tries: Soroka, De Buitléar Cons: Doak Pens: Doak
ENGLAND (7) 24
Tries: Merigan, Richards 2, Riley Cons: Smith 2 

Wednesday 7 July: Wales v England, KO 8pm

Tuesday 13 July: England v Italy, KO 2pm


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