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England U20s v Wales U20s - IRB Junior World Championship final preview

Last Updated: 22/06/13 9:06pm

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England Under-20s have named two changes to their line-up for the IRB Junior World Championship final against Wales in Vannes, France.

Tom Price and Alec Hepburn come into the side for Sunday's clash, which will be shown live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 5.30pm.

Price replaces the injured Elliott Stooke, while Hepburn starts ahead of the benched Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi

The match will be England's fourth appearance in the final - they have lost all three to New Zealand - however it is the first all northern hemisphere final.

England go into the game as slight favourites, having recorded a 28-15 win over Wales in the Six Nations clash back in March.

However coach Nick Walshe insists his side know only too well of the threat posed by the Welsh.

"Wales are an excellent side - as they have shown throughout this competition and we're fully aware that it's going to be a tough game," he said.

"We did well in the Six Nations to win at their place, but that game will have no bearing on the result.

"We have prepared well, we have recovered well after the New Zealand game - and we're ready for what promises to be an excellent final." 

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Wales Under-20s have made three changes to their line-up - with Carwyn Jones making a welcome return from injury.

Lock Jones has recovered from a neck sprain and he replaces Sion Bennett, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

Jack Jones switches from the engine room to replace Bennett in the back-row, while the final change sees Elliot Dee start at hooker.

Head coach Danny Wilson said: "The commitment of both sides at the breakdown and in defence will be key areas of the game.

"There is an extra motivational factor in that we lost to England in the Six Nations, but more importantly, we must get our execution right on Sunday.

"England were a cut above us in that game, but we have come a long way since then in terms of our performances in this competition, and if we play to our best ability, there is no reason we can't come away as winners on."

England U20: 15 Jack Nowell, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Harry Sloan, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Ben Howard, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Alex Day, 1 Alec Hepburn, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3 Scott Wilson, 4 Tom Price, 5 Dominic Barrow, 6 Ross Moriarty, 7 Matt Hankin, 8 Jack Clifford (capt).
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 18 Tom Smallbone, 19 Harry Wells, 20 David Sisi, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Henry Purdy.

Wales U20s: 15 Jordan Williams, 14 Ashley Evans, 13 Steffan Hughes, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Rhodri Williams, 1 Gareth Thomas, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Nicky Thomas, 4 Carwyn Jones, 5 Rhodri Hughes, 6 Jack Jones, 7 Ellis Jenkins (capt), 8 Ieuan Jones.
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Dan Suter, 19 James Benjamin, 20 Daniel Thomas, 21 Joshua Davies, 22 Owen Jenkins, 23 Thomas Pascoe.

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