Saracen Farrell on the bench for England

England U20 have named their side to face Ireland in the opening Pool C match of the 2011 Junior World Championship in Treviso, Italy on Friday.


Head Coach Rob Hunter has picked the same starting XV that beat Ireland 46-15 in March to claim their first 6 Nations Grand Slam win since 2008.


Newcastle Falcons No. 8 Alex Gray will skipper the side, while Aviva Premiership winner Owen Farrell starts as a replacement.


Harlequins lock Sam Twomey and London Irish wing Marland Yarde will both claim their first England U20 caps should they get on the pitch from the bench.


Leicester Tigers fly half George Ford, who will start at No.10, said that this game will be different to the 6 Nations clash played out in Athone a few months ago, but accepts that England need to concentrate on themselves.


“They were missing a few players last time we played them and they’ll be back now, ” he said.


“It’s a different game, it’s a different environment and different things are at stake.


“We’ve got to focus on ourselves and our own game, we’ll give them the upmost respect but ultimately it’s about us and how we play on the day. “


Ford added: “This is the opening game for us and it doesn’t get much tougher, but we want to start this competition as we mean to go on and that means playing well, doing all we can to getting the win and taking it from there. ”


England U20 team to face Ireland


15 Ben Ransom ,14 Andy Short ,13 Elliot Daly ,12 Ryan Mills ,11 Jonathan Joseph ,10 George Ford,9 Chris Cook ,1 Mako Vunipola ,2 Mike Haywood ,3 Henry Thomas ,4 Joe Launchbury ,5 Charlie Matthews ,6 Matt Kvesic,7 Matt Everard ,8 Alex Gray (C)


Replacements:16 Rob Buchanan ,17 Ryan Bower ,18 Sam Twomey ,19 Sam Jones ,20 Dan Robson ,21 Owen Farrell ,22 Marland Yarde

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