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IRB Junior World Championships: England Under 20s announce team for New Zealand semi-final

Last Updated: 18/06/13 8:19pm

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Captain Jack Clifford returns for England U20s after sitting out the win over the US

Captain Jack Clifford returns for England U20s after sitting out the win over the US

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England U20s have named their side to face New Zealand in Tuesday's IRB Junior World Championships semi-final in Vannes.

With a number of changes made for the 109-0 demolition of the United States in the final pool game, Nick Walshe and Ian Peel have brought back many of those who missed out in that one, including no 8 Jack Clifford, who will captain the team.

There are 11 changes in total from the XV that started in the USA fixture as England face the 'Baby Blacks' for the first time since their defeat in the 2011 final.

Head coach Walshe is looking forward to what he expects to be a very tough encounter.

"We're delighted to be in the top four and to have the opportunity to face New Zealand is a real honour," he said.

"The boys have trained well in preparation for the game and they are really looking forward to making a good account of themselves. We're under no illusions as to how hard the game will be but we just need to concentrate on ourselves and on our performance."

Excitement

"We're really excited about this game. New Zealand have never failed to reach a Junior World Championship final and our job is to stop them."
Jack Clifford

Captain Clifford was equally excited about the match and believes England are fully prepared to go toe to toe with a side they have never beaten in this competition.

"We're really excited about this game. New Zealand have never failed to reach a Junior World Championship final and our job is to stop them," said the 20-year-old. "It won't be easy - they're a great side with a good pedigree and we have a lot of respect for them.

"But at the same time, we're a good side, we've trained well and we're ready to take them on."

England Under 20 starting XV to play New Zealand:

15 Jack Nowell (Exeter), 14 Anthony Watson (Bath), 13 Harry Sloan (Harlequins), 12 Sam Hill (Exeter), 11 Ben Howard (Worcester), 10 Henry Slade (Exeter), 9 Alex Day (Northampton), 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton), 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter ), 3 Scott Wilson (Newcastle), 4 Elliott Stooke (Gloucester), 5 Dominic Barrow (Leeds), 6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), 7 Matt Hankin (Saracens), 8 Jack Clifford (Harlequins) (c)
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling (Saracens), 17 Alec Hepburn (Wasps), 18 Tom Smallbone (London Irish), 19 Tom Price (Leicester), 20 David Sisi (Bath), 21 Callum Braley (Bristol), 22 Ollie Devoto (Bath), 23 Henry Purdy (Leicester)

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