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England U20 side to play France in final of World Rugby U20 Championship

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England U20s head coach Steve Bates has named his side to play France in the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship on Sunday (KO 6pm BST, live on ITV 4) in Beziers.

Ben Curry (Sale Sharks) will captain the side on Sunday at Stade De La Mediterranee with England reaching their sixth-consecutive World Rugby U20 Championship final.

England make one change to the side that defeated South Africa 32-31 in the semi-final, with tighthead prop Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints) replacing Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers) in the front row.

England are able to call on the experience of four players who appeared in last year’s final with Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby), Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby), Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins) and Tom Parton (London Irish) all named in the starting XV.

On the replacements bench, forward Tom Willis (Wasps Rugby) will be looking to following in his brother’s footsteps, with Jack Willis winning the tournament in 2016. England also won the tournament in 2013 and 2014.

Bates’ side, who have scored 22 tries in the tournament, finished the pool stages in France as top seeds courtesy of three bonus-point victories over Argentina, Italy and Scotland before defeating the Junior Springboks in the last four.

Steve Bates said: “We have a side packed full of experience and talent and I’m really excited to see them play on Sunday in the final of this great tournament.

“We know we are going to have to play well to beat France. In these one off games it’s about starting well, full of intent as well as keeping your composure and finishing strongly.

“We’ve played France in the same stadium during the Six Nations and it was a great atmosphere and the players are relishing the opportunity to play there again cheered on by a proud and vocal group of England supporters.

“It is going to be a fantastic occasion, and a moment that these players will treasure and remember for the rest of their careers. I want them to go out and perform as well as we have done throughout the tournament, be patient with the ball and play high-intensity, high-tempo rugby.”

England U20s
15. Tom Parton (London Irish)
14. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)
13. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
12. Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers)
11. Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
9. Ben White (Leicester Tigers)
1. Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
2. Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby)
3. Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints)
4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
7. Ben Curry – captain (Sale Sharks)
8. Josh Basham (London Irish)

Replacements
16. Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors)
17. Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
18. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
19. Tom Willis (Wasps)
20. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby)
21. Rory Brand (London Irish)
22. James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
23. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors)

England U20 fixtures and results:

Pool B: England 39-18 Argentina

Pool B: England 43-5 Italy

Pool B: England 35-10 Scotland

Semi-final: England 32-31 South Africa

Finals day – Beziers, 17 June

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