Dickens names England U20 team for final 2021 Six Nations match v Italy

Dickens names England U20 team for final 2021 Six Nations match v Italy

England men’s U20 head coach Alan Dickens has named his side to play Italy on Tuesday in the fifth and final round of the U20 Six Nations (KO 1.45pm BST LIVE on EnglandRugby.com Six Nations YouTube and S4C Clic).

There is one change to the starting line-up from England’s bonus point, 45-3 win against Wales last Wednesday.

Tommy Mathews makes his first start of the 2021 Six Nations at fly half. Captain Jack van Poortvliet is his half back partner.

An unchanged pack sees last week’s player of the match Fin Baxter win his second U20 cap at loose head, Sam Riley – who has scored five tries in the championship to date – starts at hooker and Harvey Kindell-Beaton at tight-head prop.

Arthur Clark and Alex Groves pair up in the second row, with Ewan Richards (blind-side flanker), Jack Clement (open-side flanker) and Nahum Merigan (number 8) in the back row.

Tom Roebuck and Arthur Relton continue on the wings. Orlando Bailey completes the back three at full back.

Fin Smith is named among the replacements with Tarek Haffar (loose-head prop) returning to the match day 26.

England U20 starting XV  
15 Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby)
14 Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks)
13 Jack Bates (Bristol Bears)
12 Dan Lancaster (Leeds Tykes)
11 Arthur Relton (Exeter Chiefs)
10 Tommy Mathews (Hartpury University RFC)
9 Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers) Captain
1 Fin Baxter (Harlequins)
2 Sam Riley (Harlequins)
3 Harvey Kindell-Beaton (Saracens)
4 Arthur Clark (Gloucester Rugby)
5 Alex Groves (Bristol Bears)
6 Ewan Richards (Bath Rugby)
7 Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby)
8 Nahum Merigan (Bath Rugby)
16 Archie Vanes (Leicester Tigers)
17 Tarek Haffar (London Irish)
18 Luke Green (London Irish)
19 Freddie Thomas (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Josh Gray (Gloucester Rugby)
21 Ollie Stonham (Saracens) 
22 Tom Carr-Smith (Bath Rugby)
23 Fin Smith (Worcester Warriors)
24 Phil Cokanasiga (London Irish)
25 Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears)
26 Charlie Atkinson (Wasps)
England men’s U20 Six Nations results and fixtures (all at Cardiff Arms Park)

ENGLAND (3) 38
Tries: Brooke, Riley 2, O. Bailey, Relton Cons: Smith 5 Pen: Smith 
FRANCE (19) 22
Tries: Eppe 3 Cons: Debaes 2 Pen: Debaes 
ENGLAND (19) 31
Tries: Van Poortvliet, Smith, D. Bailey, Riley, Relton Cons: Smith 3 
Tries: Townsend, Leatherbarrow Con: Scott  
IRELAND (0) 15
Tries: Soroka, De Buitléar Cons: Doak Pen: Doak
ENGLAND (7) 24
Tries: Merigan, Richards 2, Riley Cons: Smith 2 
WALES (3) 3
Pens: Costelow
ENGLAND (19) 45
Tries: Clement, Riley, Van Poortvliet, Relton 2, Merigan 2 Cons: Smith 2, Mathews 3

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