Sam Olver makes his Junior World Championships bow against Italy © Getty Images
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Sam Olver and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi may have missed out on the celebrations this weekend, but they have the big consolation of having been named in England Under-20s' Junior World Championships opener.
England start the defence of their Junior World Championship title against Italy in Auckland early Monday morning (UK time) with Hobbs-Awoyemi starting at loose head prop and Olver wearing the number 10 shirt.
England last faced their Italian rivals in their final game of the U20 Six Nations, winning 52-5, but head coach Nick Walshe says that that result will have no bearing on this game.
He said: “We’re looking forward to kicking off this campaign, we’ve been in New Zealand for over a week now – the lads are acclimatised and have trained well. They’ve taken real ownership and can’t wait to get out there.
“We did well against Italy in the Six Nations but that game has gone, we’re focused on performing well in this game and kick-starting our JWC.“
Howard Packman is not in the match day squad, while Tom Stephenson is joining up with the squad this week after helping the Saints win both the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup titles.
Monday's game is being shown live on Sky Sports.
ENGLAND UNDER-20 TEAM TO PLAY ITALY
Junior World Championships
ECO Light Stadium, Auckland
Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Kick off 6:35am UK time
15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
14 George Catchpole (Leicester Tigers)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
10 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
9 Callum Braley (Bristol)(capt)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath)
3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
5 Tom Ellis (Bath)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester)
7 Gus Jones (London Wasps)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)
16 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie)
17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
18 Biyi Alo (Saracens)
19 Charlie Ewels (Bath)
20 Joel Conlon (Exeter Cheifs)
21 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)
22 Billy Burns (Gloucester)
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)