21st Aug 2019

u/20 Six Nations – Preview England v France


France u/20 must expect a big challenge from England when they cross the Channel as England will have enough reasons to motivate them. France u/20 is the current u/20 Six Nations Champions as well as u/20 World Champions and on both occasion were the English beaten by France.

England also will know that a loss today will spell the end of them being crowned u/20 Six Nations Champions after the surprise first-round loss against Ireland.

England u/20, however, has won 23 of their 27 home games in the u/20 Six Nations Championship and won 6 of the 11 Championships making it foolish to underestimate the England team at home.

England's pack is unchanged but they have changed 3 players after their loss against Ireland in the backline. Ollie Lawrence and Arron Reed are replacing injured Fraser Dingwall and Cadan Murley while Cameron Redpath who used his chances as a substitute against Ireland last weekend replaces Tom Hardwick at #12.

England coach said at the announcement of the team that “Home advantage will be really important, we’re hoping for a large crowd and we have to get them on our side by playing some good rugby but controlling the game a little bit more. We’ve got to excite that crowd by having the confidence to play what we’ve practised because we feel that’s the best way for these guys to perform and if we do that and do that consistently the crowd will enjoy it.”

France absolutely flew in their opener, as they scored four tries to see off Wales 32-10 in Vannes.

France u/20 has made three changes to their starting lineup to play England on Saturday in Exeter. The two loose forwards Hillian Geraci and Thomas Lauvalt are replaced due to injuries sustained against Wales last weekend. 19-year-olds Florence Vanverberghe, who came on as a replacement against Wales and Gautier Maravat replace the injured loosies.

The third change is forced due to Sacha Zegueur's red card he received against Wales, for which he received a two-week suspension. Maxence Lemardelet will take the place of Zegueur.

England u/20

15. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), 14. Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), 13. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors), 12. Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), 11. Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), 10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins), 9. Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), 1. Olly Adkins (Gloucester), 2. Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), 3. Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs), 4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), 6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), 7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester), 8. Tom Willis (Wasps)


16. Ben Atkins (London Irish), 17. Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), 18. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), 19. James Scott (Worcester Warriors), 20. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), 21. Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie), 22. Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers), 23. Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby).

France u/20

Nardi, Pinto, Vincent (Captain), Delbouis, Lebel, Carbonel, Delord, Joseph, Lemardelet, Hirigoyen, Vanverberghe, Maravat, Beria, Barka and Gos.

Replacements: Jutge, Eglaine, Bouzhir, Hamonou, Hocquet, Germain, Desaubies, Dridi



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