England Under 20s have made seven changes to the starting line-up for their Six Nations match against Scotland at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday (6:15pm kick off).
Will Butler, Joe Cokanasiga, Curtis Langdon, Max Malins, Jack Nay and Harry Randall all return to the starting XV for the penultimate match of the Six Nations, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1.
Malins (Saracens) is named at fly-half after his man-of-the-match performance in the 59-17 win over France at Sandy Park.
Sam Aspland-Robinson had initially been named on the wing but injury ruled him out meaning a reshuffle for England’s back line.
As a result Max Wright comes into the starting line-up at centre with Dom Morris moving to the wing Wright at centre. Jacob Umaga replaces Wright on the bench.
“It is credit to the environment and the pool of players that selection is so competitive,” said England U20 coach Ian Vass.
“We work hard on improving each week and there is a positive mind-set in camp so hopefully we can produce another good performance.
“Scotland have shown so far in the competition they are dangerous on the attack and they will come at us hard, but we just need to focus on how we perform.”
England U20, who are top of the 2017 Six Nations table after three bonus-point victories in their three matches so far, welcome Newcastle Falcons forward Max Davies into the team at lock for his first start after he made his debut in the victory over Italy.
London Irish fly-half Theo Brophy Clews and Saracens prop forward Ralph Adams-Hale are among the replacements as they return from injury and both could make their first appearance in this year’s Six Nations. They are alongside Marcus Street and Ted Hill who both featured in the England Under 18s 43-14 victory over France on Sunday.
Bath No.8 Zach Mercer will continue to captain the team following Ben Earl’s knee injury which ruled him out of the tournament.
A bonus-point win could see England secure their sixth U20 Six Nations title, with a game remaining, if Wales beat Ireland at Eirias Park.
England U20 team to face Scotland U20:
15. Tom Parton (London Irish), 14. Joe Cokanasiga (London Irish), 13. Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie), 12. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), 11. Dominic Morris (Saracens), 10. Max Malins (Saracens), 9. Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby), 1. Ollie Dawe (Bristol Rugby), 2. Curtis Langdon (Sale Sharks), 3. Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 4. Josh Caulfield (Exeter Chiefs), 5. Max Davies (Newcastle Falcons), 6. Jack Nay (Saracens), 7. Ben Curry (Sale Sharks), 8. Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) captain.
16. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons), 17. Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens), 18. Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs), 19. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), 20. Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby), 21. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), 22. Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish), 23. Jacob Umaga (Wasps).
Key stats and facts:
England U20s have recorded three maximum point victories in their 2017 Six Nations campaign so far, extending their winning run to eight games at this level.
England U20 have lost just two of their last 17 home games in the Six Nations, both of those were their only two home fixtures last season.
England U20 have played three previous matches at Franklin’s Gardens, losing there to France U20 in 2007 but beating Italy in 2013 and Ireland in 2014.
Scotland U20 have slipped to five straight defeats in the U20 Six Nations since their victory over Italy in Padua in round 3 last year.
All of Scotland’s three away victories in the history of the Under-20 Six Nations have been on trips to Italy, in 2010, 2012 and 2016.
The two nations have met on 13 previous occasions at U20 level, with Scotland’s only victory being 24-6 at Cumbernauld in round 1 of last season’s Six Nations.
England U20’s 2017 Six Nations fixtures:
All of England’s remaining U20 Six Nations fixtures will be shown live on Sky Sports
England 59 – 17 France: Saturday 4th February – Sandy Park, Exeter
Wales 21 – 37 England: Friday 10th February – Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay
England 46 – 0 Italy: Friday 24th February – Darlington Mowden Park
England v Scotland: Saturday 11th March – Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton (6:15pm KO)
Tickets for this match can be purchased online here: http://www.tickethour.co.uk/saints-ww/showProduct.html?idProduct=2045
Ireland v England: Friday 17th March – Donnybrook Stadium, (6:00pm KO)