Blamire on bench for England U20s grand slam bid

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Newcastle Falcons’ Jamie Blamire will be part of the England Under-20’s squad aiming for a Six Nations Grand Slam against Ireland at Donnybrook Stadium on Friday (6pm kick-off).

The 19-year-old hooker, who scored a try in the 46–0 triumph over Italy at Darlington’s Northern Echo Arena last month, lines up on the bench for the match which, if won, will see the Under-20s take their first Grand Slam since 2011.

England Under-20s coach Ian Vass said: “We have been working hard on making sure the players concentrate on how they perform and don’t focus too much on the occasion. It’s important we prepare ourselves mentally and physically like we have previously in the tournament, and hopefully the result will take care of itself.

“Scotland was a stern test for us but we came through it positively, and facing Ireland on St Patrick’s Day will be another massive challenge.”

England U20 team v Ireland U20: (Live on Sky Sports Mix)

15 Tom Parton (London Irish) 14. Joe Cokanasiga (London Irish) 13. Dominic Morris (Saracens) 12. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors) 11. Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins) 10. Max Malins (Saracens) 9. Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby) 1. Ollie Dawe (Bristol Rugby) 2. Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby) 3. Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby) 4. Jack Nay (Saracens) 5. Nick Isiekwe (Saracens) 6. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) 7. Ben Curry (Sale Sharks) 8. Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) captain

Replacements: 16. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons) 17. Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens) 18. Joseph Morris (Worcester Warriors) 19. Justin Clegg (Worcester Warriors) 20. Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby) 21. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints) 22. Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish) 23. Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie)

England U20’s 2017 Six Nations to date: England 59 - 17 France: Saturday 4th February – Sandy Park, Exeter Wales 21 - 37 England: Friday 10th February – Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay England 46 - 0 Italy: Friday 24th February – Darlington Mowden Park England 33 - 5 Scotland: Saturday 11th March – Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

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