Sam Olver starts at fly half on Friday © Getty Images
Academy News Senior Academy trio starting for England U20
Three Senior Academy players will all start for England Under-20 in their final game of the 2014 Six Nations this weekend.
Sam Olver (fly half), Howard Packman (wing) and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (prop) will line up against Italy at the Stadio Peroni in Calvisano on Friday evening.
England know that only a win against the Italians will keep alive their hopes of retaining their Six Nations title, which also rely on Ireland beating France, also on Friday night.
England romped to a 67-7 win over Wales in Newcastle last Friday, but head coach NIck Walshe says that the team will have to be more focused for their trip to Italy.
"We enjoyed the win against Wales but focus is very much on the task in hand and preparing to play a well-drilled Italy side," he said. "There’s no doubt that they have improved over the past couple of seasons and we know that we’ll be in for a tough match.”
Friday's match is not being shown on TV in the UK, but supporters can follow the action as it happens on the RFU's Twitter feed (@EnglandRugby).
ENGLAND UNDER-20 TEAM TO PLAY ITALY
Stadio Peroni, Calvisano
Friday, March 14th, 2014
Kick off 6:00pm UK time
15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
14 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
10 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
9 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
3 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
4 Tom Ellis (Bath)
5 Jonny Hill (Gloucester)
6 Maro Itoje (Saracens)(capt)
7 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)
16 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath)
17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
18 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)
19 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester)
20 Hayden Thompson Stringer (Saracens)
21 Callum Braley (Bristol)
22 Billy Burns (Gloucester)
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)