Tom Litchfield has been named in Alan Dickens' England Under-20s side to face France in the first round of the U20 Six Nations on Saturday (23 June, kick-off 5pm, live on BBC iPlayer).
Fresh from making his Saints debut at Bath Rugby last weekend, the 19-year-old will be hoping to earn a first cap at a Under-20s level should he enter the fray at Cardiff Arms Park – with former Saint Tommy Mathews also taking his place amongst the replacements.
Head coach Dickens said: “We’ve had a really good training week and the attitude and commitment from the lads has been outstanding.
“On Tuesday we were able to have a joint session with Eddie Jones and the senior team. It was fantastic to be able to incorporate that into our preparation for the Six Nations, but also for players to experience what it’s like at the next level.
“France are a quality side and will be a challenge. We need to be ready for what will no doubt be a physical encounter.
“I also want the players to go out there and enjoy the experience. For many of them it’s their first Six Nations and that will be a very special moment that I want them to remember on Saturday night.
“We’re looking forward to getting out on pitch at Cardiff Arms Park now, putting in an 80-minute performance and kicking off our Six Nations campaign.”
ENGLAND U20 SIDE TO FACE FRANCE
2021 U20 SIX NATIONS
Saturday 19 June, 2021
Cardiff Arms Park
15 Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby)
14 Deago Bailey (Bristol Rugby)
13 Jack Bates (Bristol Rugby)
12 Dan Lancaster (Leeds Tykes)
11 Arthur Relton (Exeter Chiefs)
10 Fin Smith (Worcester Warriors)
9 Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers)*
1 Lewis Holsey (Worcester Warriors)
2 Archie Vanes (Leicester Tigers)
3 Luke Green (London Irish)*
4 Ewan Richards (Bath Rugby)
5 Alex Groves (Bristol Bears)
6 Freddie Thomas (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Lucas Brooke (London Irish)
8 Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby)*
16 Sam Riley (Harlequins)*
17 Phil Brantingham (Newcastle Falcons)
18 Harvey Beaton (Saracens)*
19 Arthur Clark (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Emeka Ilione (Leicester Tigers)
21 Nahum Merigan (Bath Rugby)
22 Tom Carr-Smith (Bath Rugby)
23 Tommy Mathews (unattached)
24 Phil Cokanasiga (London Irish)
25 Louis Hillman-Cooper (Gloucester Rugby)
26 Tom Litchfield (Northampton Saints)
*Previously capped at U20
England men’s U20 Six Nations Fixtures (all at Cardiff Arms Park and LIVE on BBC iPlayer)
- Saturday 19 June: England v France, KO 5pm
- Friday 25 June: England v Scotland, KO 2pm
- Thursday 1 July: Ireland v England, KO 8pm
- Wednesday 7 July: Wales v England, KO 8pm
- Tuesday 13 July: England v Italy, KO 2pm