Kibirige Starts For England

Thursday 30 January 2014

Zach Kibirige starts on the wing for England Under-20s against France in the opening game of their Six Nations campaign this Friday at the Stade Leo Lagrange in Draguignan (kick-off 7.55pm GMT).

Kibirige, 19, was shortlisted for the LV= Breakthrough Player Award earlier this week after a solid display at Saracens last Sunday. And the Teesside flyer will be hoping to continue his impressive form when his England side travel to France.

“Playing France in France is about as tough as you can get in the Six Nations,” said head coach Nick Walshe.

“We played them twice last season and performed well on both occasions. Will that have a bearing on Friday night? We’d like to think so, but we need to execute our basics well and the rest will take care of itself,” he added.

You can keep up to date with how England Under-20s get on by following @EnglandRugby on Twitter.

England Under-20s

15 Nathan Earle (Saracens) 14 Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons) 13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens) 12 Tom Stephenson (Northampton Saints) 11 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers) 10 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby) 9 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby, captain) 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints) 2 Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers) 3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie) 4 Maro Itoje (Saracens) 5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby) 6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby) 7 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs) 8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)

Replacements 16 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby) 17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps) 18 Adam Jamieson (Bath Rugby) 19 Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby) 20 Will Owen (Leicester Tigers) 21 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University) 22 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints) 23 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)

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