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Will Carpenter


Posted Tuesday, May 28th 2019

Capon added to England U20 World Championship squad

Academy hooker Will Capon has been added to Steve Bates’ updated 28-man England U20 squad ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina.

Capon, who missed a large chunk of the 2018/19 season with a shoulder injury, replaces Samson Ma’asi, who misses out on medical grounds.

Bates’ side travel to Argentina on May 30th for the tournament ahead of their first pool game against Ireland on June 4th. They then take on Italy (June 8th) and Australia (June 12th) in Sante Fe.

“The U20 Championship gives them a chance to pit themselves against the best players in the world at their own age group in an international competition before heading into senior rugby, so is an important stage in their development,” said Bates.

“For a lot of these players it will be a unique experience to go to Argentina and play in a tournament of this stature and I know they will be relishing the challenge.

"They are very lucky to be representing England and will be looking to do their country proud and continue our successful history in the competition.”

England U20s are led by head coach Bates, who is assisted by Mark Hopley (forwards), James Scaysbrook (defence) and Richard Whiffin (attack) who join for the season as part of the coach development programme agreement with Premiership Rugby.

England squad for World Rugby U20 Championship

Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby), Alfie Barbeary (Wasps) – Bloxham School, Josh Basham (Newcastle Falcons), Will Capon (Bristol Bears), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), Luke James (Sale Sharks), James Kenny (Exeter Chiefs), Joel Kpoku (Saracens), Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby), Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Willis (Wasps).

England U20 fixtures

June 4th: England U20s v Ireland U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms.

June 8th: England U20s v Italy U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms.

June 12th: England U20s v Australia U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms.

Knockout stages on Monday, 17 June and finals day on Saturday, 22 June, live on ITV.