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Packman in for England Under-20

Howard Packman starts in Auckland © Getty Images

Academy News Packman in for England Under-20

The Saints contingent in England Under-20’s matchday 23 has been boosted to three, Howard Packman due to start Friday’s huge clash with Australia. The full back joins Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi and Sam Olver for the second match of their Junior World Championship defence in Auckland.

England kicked their campaign off with a nine-try, 63-3 rout of Italy in the early hours of Monday morning but the showdown with Australia could well be one which decides who advances to the semi-finals from Pool A.

Packman’s inclusion is one of four changes in the backs, while Hobbs-Awoyemi is again on the loose head for the QBE Stadium fixture. Fly half Olver drops to the bench, despite kicking 16 points in the defeat of Italy, head coach Nick Walshe making six alterations overall.

The game kicks off at 6.35am BST and is being shown live on Sky Sports.

ENGLAND U20 TEAM TO PLAY AUSTRALIA
2014 Junior World Championship
QBE Stadium, Auckland
Friday, June 6th, 2014
Kick off 6.35am BST

15 Howard PACKMAN (Northampton Saints)
14 Henry PURDY (Leicester Rugby)
13 Nick TOMPKINS (Saracens)
12 Harry SLOAN (Harlequins)
11 Nathan EARLE (Saracens)
10 Billy BURNS (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Henry TAYLOR (Loughborough University)
1 Danny HOBBS-AWOYEMI (Northampton Saints)
2 Tom WOOLSTENCROFT (Bath Rugby)
3 Paul HILL (Leeds Carnegie)
4 Maro ITOJE (Saracens, captain)
5 Charlie EWELS (Bath Rugby)
6 Ross MORIARTY (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Gus JONES (London Wasps)
8 Joel CONLON (Exeter Chiefs)

Replacements
16 Jack WALKER (Leeds Carnegie)
17 Alex LUNDBERG (London Wasps)
18 Harry RUDKIN (Leicester Tigers)
19 Hayden THOMPSON-STRINGER (Saracens)
20 James CHISHOLM (Harlequins)
21 Callum BRALEY (Bristol Rugby)
22 Sam OLVER (Northampton Saints)
23 Aaron MORRIS (Bedford Blues)

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