England men U20s head coach Steve Bates has named his 28-player squad for the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina (4-22 June).
Luke James will join Cameron Redpath, Nic Dolly, Conor Doherty and Arron Reed at the U20 World Cup this June. The call-up caps a stellar year for Luke James after he was recently awarded Sharks young player of the year for the second season in a row at the club’s annual End of Season Awards.
“Choosing 28 players from the 45 we have capped this season has been incredibly tough, so it’s a pretty good achievement for these players to be selected for the tournament and they should be incredibly proud of their inclusion,” said Bates.
“For a lot of these players it will be a unique experience to go to Argentina and play in a tournament of this stature and I know they will be relishing the challenge. They are very lucky to be representing England and will be looking to do their country proud and continue our successful history in the competition.”
England squad for World Rugby U20 Championship
Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby), Alfie Barbeary (Wasps) – Bloxham School, Josh Basham (Newcastle Falcons), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), Joel Kpoku (Saracens), Samson Ma’asi (Northampton Saints), Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby) Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), Luke James (Sale Sharks), Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs), Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Willis (Wasps)
England U20 fixtures:
4 June: England U20s v Ireland U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms.
8 June: England U20s v Italy U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms.
12 June: England U20s v Australia U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms.
Knockout stages on Monday, 17 June and finals day on Saturday, 22 June, live on ITV.