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England U20 squad to face Wales announced


By RFU Press Office
February 3 2011

England U20 head coach Rob Hunter has named a strong squad ahead of his side's trip to Llanelli to face Wales at the Parc y Scarlets on Saturday, kick off 6.30pm.

England U20 squad to face Wales announced
England U20 captain Alex Gray
England U20 captain Alex Gray

 

Newcastle Falcons No. 8 Alex Gray, 20, will captain the side as part of a strong pack including Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic at 6 and Bristol Rugby prop Mako Vunipola at loosehead.

Leicester Tigers' George Ford, son of England defence coach Mike, will start at 10 while the pacy midfield combination of Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby) and Elliot Daly (London Wasps) will take their places at 12 and 13, respectively.

Of the XV that will start the game against Wales, only Vunipola survives from England U20's last competitive match which was in the IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina last summer. Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins) and Gray also featured in the match, coming off the bench.

With a relatively new squad at his disposal, Hunter is excited to see what his players have to offer after a series of successful training camps.

Time to put ourslves to the test – Hunter

He said: "We're excited about getting stuck into the 6 Nations, we've enjoyed good camps in Portugal and Surrey and it's time to put ourselves to the test. Starting off against Wales in Wales is as good as it gets and we'll be taking each game as it comes throughout the campaign.

"We've got our squad for Wales and that's our primary focus, and after that we'll focus on Italy. It will be a tough match in Llanelli for us, they will have the crowd behind them, they'll be physical, they have good runners and we'll be tested.

"I'm pleased with where we are. It is tough to whittle the squad down to 22, we have some outstanding players at this age grade and a lot of competition for places. It's vital to get the blend right and we want to give the lads the opportunity both to perform and develop."

England U20 starting XV:

15) Ben Ransom (Saracens)
14) Andy Short (Worcester Warriors)
13) Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
12) Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)
11) Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints)
10) George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
9) Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)
1) Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby)
2) Mike Haywood (Northampton Saints)
3) Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
4) Kieran Low (London Irish)
5) Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
6) Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
7) Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers)
8) Alex Gray  (Newcastle Falcons) (Captain)

Replacements:

16) Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
17) Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers)
18) Addison Lockley (Exeter Chiefs)
19) Ollie Stedman (Leeds Carnegie)
20) Chris Cook (Bath Rugby)
21) Guy Armitage (London Irish)
22) Christian Wade (London Wasps)

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England U20 squad to face Wales announced
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03/02/2011 09:26
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Re: England U20 squad to face Wales announced
ligger1 (IP Logged)
03/02/2011 18:16
Have a great game, specially Elliot Daly, great young lad!

 
Re: England U20 squad to face Wales announced
St Marlowe (IP Logged)
04/02/2011 00:58
Go Jamie Elliot - The Future

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Re: England U20 squad to face Wales announced
Slater582 (IP Logged)
04/02/2011 02:59
The game is being shown on S4C I believe, which I've watched on the Internet before.

 
Re: England U20 squad to face Wales announced
England News (IP Logged)
04/02/2011 10:48
Matt Everard: I'm itching to get out there

04 February 2011

England U20 and Leicester Tigers flanker Matt Everard, 20, tells RFU.com, in his own words, that he can’t wait to step onto the Parc y Scarlets pitch for Rob Hunter’s side in their U20 6 Nations opener against Wales in Llanelli on Saturday night.


England U20 and Leicester Tigers flanker Matt Everard
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First things first, we know that we’re in for a tough match against Wales this weekend. They’ve got some good players in their side – players who have got a fair bit of experience under their belts at international level and at club level.

We’ve trained really well this week and we're all really looking forward to the match. The training camps we've been to in Portugal and Surrey have been invaluable in terms of nailing our tactical plays and it's just a case of putting all the hard work into practice on the pitch.

It’s always exciting to find out you’re starting – especially in a match as big as this one. Our Head Coach Rob Hunter told me I was in during my one-on-one meeting with him earlier in the week.

I called my Mum and Dad straight away to let them know the news, they were delighted and they’re coming over to watch so I’m hoping it’s worth their while.

Thinking about it, Andy Short was also one of the first people I told – not because he’s one of the most special people in my life, but because I’m rooming with him! Fortunately he’s starting too so we were both really pleased for each other.


As roommates go, Shorty isn’t too bad – he’s a top lad and we’ve been watching a few films together. We watched Hurt Locker the other night, a quality film.

The only minor issue is that he’s a bit of a night-owl and I’m a bit of an early-bird but we’ve been managing fine.

The seniors are in action tonight in Cardiff and we’ll all be watching and supporting as a group in our team room.

It would be great if they could pick up a win and kick-start a good weekend of rugby for England. The Millennium Stadium looks like a pretty intense arena to play in but Parc y Scarlets can’t be far behind.

It sounds like a cliché but we really are taking it one game at a time. All our focus has been on Wales this week and until the final whistle goes in that match, that’s all we’ll be thinking about. The enthusiasm has been top drawer and I’m itching to get out there.

Cheers, Matt

 
Re: England U20 squad to face Wales announced
RFU: Press Release (IP Logged)
06/02/2011 00:07
Match report: Wales U20 20 - 26 England U20
Saturday February 5, 2011
Issued by Stefan Curtis
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England U20 got their 6 Nations campaign off to the perfect start tonight, securing an impressive 20-26 victory against Wales at the Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli. Rob Hunter’s men looked strong throughout and the win ensured double celebration for England’s teams this weekend, with the seniors triumphing in Cardiff on Friday night.

Things didn’t start so well for the England, after a scrappy opening ten minutes the away side found themselves 7-0 down courtesy of a converted Edward Higgardy try after a quick break away from the pacy Wales No. 10 Matthew Morgan.

Minutes later England made it one try apiece. A quick passing move between the backs opened things up for London Wasps centre Elliot Daly who drew the defender in before offloading to Northampton Saints wing Jamie Elliott who dived over in the corner. Leciester Tigers fly half George Ford was unable to convert from a difficult angle.

Wales extended their lead through the boot of Morgan on 23 minute, making the score 10-5. This appeared to spark England into life as Mako Vunipola came close to burrowing over before the second try eventually came from Worcester’s Matt Kvesic, converting after a strong burst forward from Ford, who added the conversion.

England maintained their pressure and scored again soon after, courtesy of captain Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons) who dashed through the posts, Ford added two more with the boot to make the score 10-19.

Moments later England got their fourth try, the impressive Kvesic jumped and caught an England restart before showing a quick turn off pace to score a try Wales really should have prevented.

A late penalty for Wales brought them back to within 13 points at half time with the score 13-26.

The second half was a somewhat different affair, England’s flowing, expansive rugby deserted them as they were pushed onto the back foot for the majority of the half. With ten minutes left to play Wales pressed hard and were almost rewarded after a strong drive from the forwards, the ball did cross the line but was deemed not to have been touched down by the TMO.

With England camped in their own 22, they then had to cope with the sin-binning of Sale Sharks prop Henry Thomas by Irish referee Dudley Phillips. Wales soon capitalised on their man advantage, carving out space for No. 8 Ben Thomas who scored to bring the home side to within a converted try of the lead at 20-26 with ten to play.

Wales, roared on by local support, continued to push but England’s defence stood firm and held out for the win.

Attendance: 2,989

England starting XV:

15) Ben Ransom (Saracens)
14) Andy Short (Worcester Warriors)
13) Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
12) Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)
11) Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints)
10) George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
9) Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)
1) Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby)
2) Mike Haywood (Northampton Saints)
3) Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
4) Kieran Low (London Irish)
5) Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
6) Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
7) Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers)
8) Alex Gray (C) (Newcastle Falcons)

Replacements:

16) Rob Buchanan (Harlequins) on for Mike Haywood 54 mins
17) Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers) on for Mako Vunipola 54 mins
18) Addison Lockley (Exeter Chiefs)
19) Ollie Stedman (Leeds Carnegie) on for Matt Everard 62 mins
20) Chris Cook (Bristol Rugby)
21) Guy Armitage (London Irish) on for Elliot Daly 75 mins
22) Christian Wade (London Wasps) on for Andy Short 54 mins

 
Re: England U20 squad to face Wales announced
Slater582 (IP Logged)
06/02/2011 00:30
The game was shown on S4C.

Wales scored the first try. Made by a pacy break from Morgan the fly half.

England hit back with four tries. Elliott scored in the corner. The captain Alex Gray scored. Kvesic got a double. Really fluent stuff.

Morgan knocked over a couple of penalties to make the score 13-26 at half time. It looked like England would really pull away in the second half.

The third quarter was edged by Wales but there weren't any scores. England then made a raft of subs. Wales really started to dominate territory then. The substitution of Bower for Vunipola gave Wales an edge in the scrum also.

After a sustained spell of pressure Thomas (England #3) was sent to the bin for the remainder of the game, hands in the ruck if I recall correctly. Wales pressured the England line & their #8 (Thomas) went over.

England led by half a dozen, with 14 men going into the last 5 minutes. England managed to win a penalty in their 22 in the last couple of minutes, then were penalised themselves. Morgan kicked to the corner but the ball was stolen from the resulting line out.

Overall England should have won comfortably and I think their failure to do so owed a lot to the subs (and possibly poor H/T team talk) from Hunter. I don't think his predecessor Redman or Mapletoft would've made the same mistake. I hope after some very good U20 coaches the RFU haven't appointed a bad one.

In terms of players standing out - Kvesic & Gray look interesting back row prospects. The half back pairing of Robson & Ford are eligible for next year as well, they looked to have potential. Elliott, Daly & Ransom sparked at times.

For Wales - prop Rhodri Jones, #8 Ben Thomas, centre Ben John looked to have talent. Their best two players looked to be the Lock (and skipper) Cook + the fly half Morgan.



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