Josh Bainbridge (Yorkshire Carnegie) has been called up for the U20’s Championship after Joe Batley (Gloucester) was ruled out through illness.

The back-row who featured against Wales during the Six Nations will join up with the squad tomorrow when they fly to Italy.  England start their campaign against Japan on Tuesday 2 June (kick off 5.30pm BST).

Head Coach Jon Callard said: “We all really feel for Joe but the positive is, given his age, he will have the opportunity to be part of the programme next year.  It wouldn’t be in his best interest to expect him to recover in time and then perform so soon after illness.  The decision was made collectively with the medics and coaches, we need to do what is best for him.

“Josh was involved earlier in the season and we now look forward to him re-joining the squad.  He also has two years playing at this age group and will really benefit and develop through the experience of a world championship.”

England U20s Championship Squad

Sebastian Adeniran-Olule (Harlequins) 
Josh Bainbridge (Yorkshire) 
Charles Beckett (Leicester) 
Oli Bryant (Leicester) 
James Chisholm (Harlequins) 
Maxwell Clark (Bath) 
Lloyd Evans (Gloucester) 
Charlie  Ewels (C) (Bath) 
Ellis Genge (Bristol) 
Paul Hill (Yorkshire) 
Owen Hills (Leicester) 
Tom Howe (Wasps) 
Jack Innard (Exeter) 
Rory Jennings (Bath) 
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton) 
James Mitchell (Sale) 
Aaron  Morris (Saracens) 
Piers O'Conor (Wasps) 
William Owen (Leicester) 
Howard Packman (Northampton) 
Ciaran Parker (Sale) 
George Perkins (Saracens) 
Samuel Skinner (Exeter) 
Nick Tompkins (Saracens) 
Stuart Townsend (Exeter) 
Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins) 
Jack Walker (Yorkshire) 
William Witty (Newcastle) 

England's Schedule (Live on BT Sport) 

June 2, England v Japan, KO 530pm BST, Stadio San Michele Calvisano 
June 6, England v Wales, KO 730pm BST, Stadio San Michele Calvisano 
June 10, England v France, KO 330pm BST, Stadio Luigi Zaffanella Viadana 
June 15, Semi-finals and knock-out games. Details TBC 
June 20, Final and knock-out games, Details TBC