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Four Saints involved in England U20s’ play-off clash

Northampton Saints backs Ethan Grayson and George Hendy have both been named in England Under-20s’ starting line-up to face Italy on Tuesday.

Head coach Alan Dickens also includes Tom Lockett and Tom Litchfield on the bench for the clash in Treviso which kicks off at 5pm BST tomorrow afternoon at the Stadio Monigo in Treviso.

The Red Rose face the tournament hosts in their final match of the Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series, having finished second in Pool A after beating France 29-20 but narrowly going down to South Africa (30-22) and Ireland (37-36) in their two other matches.

Grayson continues in the centres for England but Hendy is switched from fullback onto the wing for what is effectively a third-place play-off match against the Azzurri – who beat Scotland and Georgia to finish second in Pool B.

Dickens said: “Although we were disappointed to concede four tries in the first half against Ireland, I thought we did well to score six of our own and get the bonus point.

“Italy had a really good pool stage and we know they will give us a strong test, but we’ll be looking to finish the Summer Series on a real high.”   

England Under-20s team to face Italy

15. Sam Harris, Bath Rugby, Caps 2 
14. Iwan Stephens, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 4 
13. Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, Wasps, Caps 4  
12. Ethan Grayson, Northampton Saints, Caps 8  
11. George Hendy, Northampton Saints, Caps 6 

10. Fin Smith, Worcester Warriors, Caps 8 
9. Tom Carr-Smith, Bath Rugby, Caps 6 
1. Tumy Onasanya, Sale Sharks, Caps 3 
2. Ollie Fletcher, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 4 
3. Jevaughn Warren, Saracens, Caps 3 
4. Charlie Rice, Bristol Bears, Caps 5 
5. Lewis Chessum, Leicester Tigers, Caps 6 
6. Emeka Ilione, Leicester Tigers, Caps 9, Captain 
7. Lucas Brooke, London Irish, Caps 7 
8. Toby Knight, Saracens, Caps 8  

Replacements
16. John Stewart, Bath Rugby, Caps 8 
17. Andrew Turner, Bristol Bears, Caps 2 
18. Mikey Summerfield, London Irish, Caps 8 
19. Ewan Richards, Bath Rugby, Caps 10 
20. Tom Lockett, Northampton Saints, Caps 6 
21. Greg Fisilau, Wasps, Caps 4 
22. Ethan Staddon, Bath Rugby, Caps 3 
23. Chandler Cunningham-South, London Irish, Caps 6 
24. Charlie Bracken, Saracens, Caps 3 
25. Tom Litchfield, Northampton Saints, Caps 8 
26. Alex Harmes, London Irish, Caps 1

Every game of the Under 20 Summer Series will be streamed via the Six Nations Rugby Under-20s YouTube channel.

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