Fletcher and Stephens in England U20s team

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Newcastle Falcons duo, Ollie Fletcher and Iwan Stephens will both start for England in their upcoming Six Nations U20 Summer Series clash against France.

Stephens maintains his place in the squad having featured in the first round against South Africa, but is favoured on the right wing this time out, whereas Fletcher is set to make his first appearance of the series, starting at hooker.

The game takes place at the Payanini Centre, Verona, at 4pm BST on Wednesday 29 June.

Further changes to the starting line-up include Conor Oresanya, who scored a try having come off the bench against South Africa, starting at left wing, and scrum half, Charlie Bracken is in the starting fifteen this week. Number 8, Toby Knight, also moves from the bench to the start the game.

Speaking ahead of the second round, England men’s U20 head coach, Alan Dickens, said: “Taking the positives from our game against South Africa has been important as we prepare for tomorrow’s game.

“The three tries from Stewart, Ilione and Oresanya were pleasing and to perform against France, who had a strong start against Ireland in the first round, we need to keep focus on our set piece and maintain our discipline.

“The players have been training hard and are looking forward to facing France in round two.”

England U20 team

15. George Hendy, Northampton Saints (Caps 4), 14. Iwan Stephens, Newcastle Falcons (Caps 2), 13. Ethan Grayson, Northampton Saints (Caps 6), 12. Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, Wasps (Caps 2), 11. Conor Oresanya, Harlequins (Caps 1), 10. Fin Smith, Worcester Warriors (Caps 6), 9. Charlie Bracken, Saracens (Caps 1), 1. Tumy Onasanya, Sale Sharks (Caps 1), 2. Ollie Fletcher, Newcastle Falcons (Caps 1), 3. Jevaughn Warren, Saracens (Caps 1), 4. Ewan Richards, Bath Rugby (Caps 8), 5. Lewis Chessum, Leicester Tigers (Caps 4) 6. Chandler Cunningham-South, London Irish (Caps 4), 7. Emeka Ilione, Leicester Tigers, Captain (Caps 7),  8. Toby Knight, Saracens (Caps 6) 

Replacements

16. John Stewart, Bath Rugby (Caps 6), 17. Andrew Turner, Bristol Bears (Caps 1), 18. Mikey Summerfield, London Irish (Caps 5), 19. Charlie Rice, Bristol Bears (Caps 3), 20. Tom Lockett, Northampton Saints (Caps 5), 21. Lucas Brooke, London Irish (Caps 5), 22. Ethan Staddon, Bath Rugby (Caps 1), 23. Tom Carr-Smith, Bath Rugby (Caps 4), 24. Jed Walsh, Leicester Tigers (Caps 1), 25. Tom Litchfield, Northampton Saints (Caps 6), 26. Sam Harris, Bath Rugby (Caps 0)

England’s Pool A fixtures and results

Round 1 – England v South Africa, Friday 24 June, KO 4pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona - 22-30

Round 2 – France v England, Wednesday 29 June, KO 4pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona  

Round 3 – Ireland v England, Tuesday 5 July, KO 7pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona  

Play offs

Tuesday 12 July, KO TBC, Stadio Monigo, Treviso

Every game of the Under 20 Summer Series will be streamed via the Six Nations Rugby U20 YouTube channel.

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