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U20 team news: Capon starts play-off, English and Chamberlain on bench

Will Capon will make his third successive start for England U20 against Ireland U20 in this evening’s World Rugby U20 Championship fifth-place semi-final (KO, 7.30pm BST) in Rosario, Argentina.

Head coach, Steve Bates has made two changes to the side that defeated Australia (56-33) in the final pool fixture.

Kai Owen is named at loosehead prop, while Alex Coles comes into the second row.

There is a positional switch also with Richard Capstick moving from lock into the back row with England’s backline unchanged for the fixture.

Centre Fraser Dingwall will again captain the side, while Ollie Hassell-Collins is named as a finisher, having been called into the squad as an injury replacement for Arron Reed (Sale Sharks).

Despite victories over Australia and Italy in their pool, England failed to progress into the top four of the competition, having lost their opening fixture to Ireland.

They will instead contest the fifth-place semi, with Wales and New Zealand the other semi-final fixture before finals day on Saturday 22 June.

“We felt it was important to give the majority of the side that played against Australia another go as it was by far our best performance of the tournament" said Bates.

"The challenge for our squad now is to back up that performance with one that is better.

“We cannot approach it with any degree of complacency or lack of acknowledgment that it took a lot of hard work, commitment and team work to perform at that standard against Australia. We’ve got to keep moving forward as a team and continue to develop.

“This will be the third time we’ve played Ireland this season and in both games discipline has let us down, so we’ve got to the learn the lessons from those two fixtures.”

Elsewhere, Nick English is among the replacements for Wales U20 for their fifth-place semi-final clash with New Zealand in Rosario (KO 2.30pm BST).

“We’ve always emphasised how important the squad of 28 is, and this is getting more and more evident the longer we go in to this competition,” said head coach, Gareth Williams.

“Playing New Zealand is a great test for us, and a great fixture to be preparing for. They are rightly regarded as one of the best teams in the world at this age group.

“We don’t always get the opportunity to play southern hemisphere teams so this is a big challenge for us but one we have prepared well for.”

Also among the replacements is Nathan Chamberlain as Scotland U20 ​take on Italy U20 in the World Rugby U20 Championship ninth-place semi-final Rosario’s Club Old Resian (Monday 17 June, kick-off 2.30pm BST, 10.30am local time) – streamed live at

Head coach, Carl Hogg, said: “We were obviously disappointed with our overall performance against Georgia. We lacked control and accuracy throughout the 80 minutes. We never got the match on our agenda of high tempo multi-phase rugby because of the errors we created in our game.

“We probably put in our poorest performance of this World Rugby U20 Championship in the most pivotal match of this tournament, but the nature of this competition is that we don’t have time to dwell on the result. We need to get back on the horse for tomorrow’s fixture against Italy.”