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England select Bailey and Rice for Italy clash

Deago Bailey and Charlie Rice have both retained their places in the England U20 matchday squad for Friday's U20 Six Nations Championship clash with Italy at Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso (KO 7pm).

There are six changes to the starting line-up from England’s bonus point, 24-41 win against Scotland last week.

Loosehead prop, Fin Baxter, will captain the side, Emeka Ilione replaces Toby Knight at 8, while Toby Knight moves to play at openside flanker and George Hendy plays at full-back.

Making his U20s Six Nations debut is Francis Moore on the left wing.

Matty Jones, scrum-half and Jamie Benson, fly-half, come into the starting line-up for this week.

There are six changes among the replacements with Finn Theobald-Thomas at 16, Mark Dormer, 17, Will Hobson moves to 18 and Sam Edwards at 21. With Jamie Benson and George Hendy in the starting 15 this week, Louie Johnson and Ollie Dawkins are on the bench at 22 and 23.   

Dickens said: “The players were pleased with the performance against Scotland, particularly their ability to take control of the second half.”
 
“We’ve have had another good week training and seen some new faces in camp. The level of competition within the squad is something I have been really impressed with.”
 
“Italy will be a strong team on home soil, but the boys are looking forward to our second away trip and getting back onto the pitch in Treviso and improving on last week’s performance.
 
“Last week’s game was special for the players and as a team, in that 19 lads made their U20 debuts. The performance they put in on the night demonstrates the togetherness of the players and their willingness to work hard for each other."

 
England Men's U20 Team
15. George Hendy (Northampton Saints, Caps 1)
14. Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears, Caps 4)
13. Tom Litchfield (Northampton Saints, Caps 3)
12. Ethan Grayson (Northampton Saints, Caps 1) 
11. Francis Moore (Saracens, Caps 0) 
10. Jamie Benson (Harlequins, Caps 1)
9. Matty Jones (Gloucester Rugby, Caps 1)
1. Fin Baxter (Harlequins, Caps 2) - Captain
2. John Stewart (Bath Rugby, Caps 2)
3. Mikey Summerfield (London Irish, Caps 1) 
4. Alfie Bell (Wasps, Caps 1) 
5. Tom Lockett (Northampton Saints, Caps 1)
6. Alex Wardell (Saracens, Caps 1)
7. Toby Knight (Saracens, Caps 1)
8. Emeka Ilione (Leicester Tigers, Caps 2)
 
Replacements
16. Finn Theobald-Thomas (Worcester Warriors, Caps 0)
17. Mark Dormer (Newcastle, Caps 1)
18. Will Hobson (Harlequins, Caps 1)
19. Charlie Rice (Bristol Bears, Caps 1)
20. Greg Fisilau (Wasps, Caps 1)
21. Sam Edwards (Leicester Tigers, Caps 0)
22. Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons, Caps 1)
23. Ollie Dawkins (Wasps, Caps 1)
 
England U20s 2022 Six Nations fixtures

Friday 4 February - Scotland v England - KO 8pm - DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh 
Friday 11 February - Italy v England - KO 7pm - Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso
Friday 25 February - England v Wales - KO 7pm – Castle Park, Doncaster
Tickets are available here
Saturday 12 March – England v Ireland - KO 7.15pm – StoneX Stadium, London
Tickets are available here
Sunday 20 March - France v England - KO 8pm - Stade Aime Giral, Perpignan

All games will be available via BBC iPlayer.

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