Rivalries renewed at JWC
England and Ireland clash once again
Last Updated: 16/06/12 9:39pm
Chris Walker: Expecting another tight game
England Under-20 will do battle with Ireland once again in Sunday's fifth place semi-final at the IRB Junior World Championship.
England have already registered two wins over Ireland this year - 20-15 in the pool stages of the tournament and 20-9 in the Under-20s Six Nations - and captain Chris Walker is expecting another hard-fought game.
"The conditions were pretty poor last time we played each other," he said. "Hopefully on a dry patch we'll be able to play more of an expansive game, but this will be the third time we've played the Irish this year and we know what a good side they are.
"They pushed us hard a week ago and we're looking forward to going out there and giving it our best. We we're pretty down after the loss against South Africa but good teams learn from their defeats and we're hoping to bounce back against Ireland."
Ireland have made a number of changes following their 41-12 defeat of Italy in the final pool match.
Barry Daly, Stuart Olding, Foster Horan, JJ Hanrahan, Kieran Marmion, Niall Scannell, Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne and Jordan Coghlan all come into the Ireland side, while Peter Nelson moves to full-back and Iain Henderson switches to the back-row.
England Under-20s: 15 Ben Ransom (Saracens), 14 Will Addison (Sale Sharks), 13 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), 12 Ryan Mills (Gloucester), 11 Josh Bassett (Bedford Blues), 10 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), 9 Ben Spencer (Saracens), 1 Alec Hepburn (London Wasps), 2 Nathan Morris (London Wasps), 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), 4 Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie), 5 George Merrick (Harlequins), 6 David Sisi (London Irish), 7 Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie, capt), 8 Jack Clifford (Harlequins).
Replacements: 16 Max Crumpton (Saracens), 17 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), 18 Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks), 19 Billy Vunipola (London Wasps), 20 Ben Nutley (Northampton), 21 Dan Robson (Gloucester), 22 Tommy Bell (London Wasps), 23 Marland Yarde (London Irish)
Ireland Under-20s: 15 Peter Nelson (Ulster), 14 Barry Daly (Leinster), 13 Stuart Olding (Ulster), 12 Chris Farrell (Ulster), 11 Foster Horan (Leinster), 10 JJ Hanrahan (Munster), 9 Kieran Marmion (Connacht), 1 Des Merrey (Leinster), 2 Niall Scannell (Munster, capt), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), 4 Alan O'Connor (Leinster), 5 Tadhg Beirne (Leinster), 6 Iain Henderson (Ulster), 7 Jordan Coghlan (Leinster), 8 Jack Conan (Leinster)
Replacements: 16 James Rael (Munster), 17 Peter Reilly (Leinster), 18 Jake Cawley (Leinster), 19 TBC, 20 Aaron Conneely (Connacht), 21 Luke McGrath (Leinster), 22 Jack Carty (Connacht), 23 Mike Sherlock (Leinster)