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England name team to face Argentina in u20s opener

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Thursday Jun 27, 2024

The England team to face Argentina in the u20s World Championship has been revealed, with the 2024 U20 Six Nations Player Of The Championship, Henry Pollock set to take his place on the flank.

Speaking exclusively to RugbyDump earlier this year, Pollock had addressed his growing impact within the team, saying:

“I’m honoured to receive the award for U20 player of the tournament. I want to thank the coaches and my teammates, as it was a squad effort.

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“It was an amazing tournament to be part of, and we are now looking ahead and excited for the World Championship this summer,”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s fixture, head coach Mark Mapletoft spoke of the team’s anticipation to return to the international stage at Athlone Stadium.

“The coaches and I have been encouraged with the ownership taken by this group in training,” he said.  

“Their impressive effort made selection no easy task, and I would like to congratulate all on their work ethic and determination. We’re looking to see these high standards maintained through our replacements who will energise the group throughout what will be a thoroughly demanding opening game against Argentina.

“Our boys are keen to make the first positive step this Saturday and continue their exemplary displays of Brotherhood this week into a match scenario.” 

ENGLAND U20 MEN’S TEAM TO FACE ARGENTINA

15. Ben Redshaw

14. Jack Bracken

13. Oli Spencer

12. Sean Kerr

11. Alex Wills

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10. Josh Bellamy

9. Ollie Allan

1. Asher Opoku-Fordjour

2. Craig Wright

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3. Billy Sela

4. Joe Bailey

5. Junior Kpoku

6. Finn Carnduff (C)

7. Henry Pollock

8. Nathan Michelow

REPLACEMENTS

16. James Isaacs

17. Cameron Miell

18. Afolabi Fasogbon

19. Olamide Sodeke

20. Kane James

21. Lucas Friday

22. Benjamin Coen

23. Ioan Jones

ENGLAND U20 MEN’S 2024 WORLD RUGBY U20 CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES

Matchday 1 (29 June) – England vs. Argentina – Athlone Stadium – (13:00 BST kick-off)

Matchday 2 (4 July) – England vs. Fiji – Athlone Stadium – (15:30 BST kick-off)

Matchday 3 (9 July) – South Africa vs. England – Athlone Stadium – (18:00 BST kick-off)

Knockout matches:

Matchday 4 (Sunday 14 July)

Matchday 5 (final and ranking matches, Friday 19 July)

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