Five Warriors named in England U20s side to face Scotland

Academy quintet called up for international action

Five Warriors Academy players have been named in England Under 20s for their clash with Scotland in the Six Nations this Friday night at Myreside, Edinburgh (kick-off 7.30pm).

Ollie Lawrence is called up and will get his first cap in the centre next to fellow Warrior Will Butler, who captains the side.

It’s been a remarkable week for Lawrence, who was originally called up to England Under 18s’ squad before being promoted to the Under 20s side for this Friday night’s trip to Scotland.

Warriors Academy forward Ted Hill also starts while James Scott and Beck Cutting are named on the bench, with the latter preparing for what would be his first cap if he features.

England have so far recorded bonus-point victories in their opening two fixtures against Italy and Wales.

Head Coach Steve Bates said: “We are looking for another step forward in terms of our intent to play rugby. We had a much-improved performance against Wales, but we are still looking to improve in certain areas of our game which we felt did not go quite as well as we would have liked.

“Scotland at home will be dangerous opponents, their previous results are not necessarily an indicator of a side’s potential as it takes a while to get together as a team in this tournament and we’re expecting a spirited performance off them.”

England U20s
15. Jordan Olowofela Leicester Tigers
14. Tom Seabrook Gloucester Rugby
13. Ollie Lawrence Worcester Warriors
12. Will Butler (C) Worcester Warriors
11. Cadan Murley Harlequins
10. Tom Hardwick Leicester Tigers
9. Rory Brand London Irish
1. Alex Seville Gloucester Rugby
2. Gabriel Oghre Wasps
3. Ehren Painter Northampton Saints
4. Ted Hill Worcester Warriors
5. Sam Lewis Leicester Tigers
6. Josh Basham London Irish
7. Aaron Hinkley Gloucester Rugby
8. Sam Moore Sale Sharks

Replacements
16. Beck Cutting Worcester Warriors
17. Toby Trinder Northampton Saints
18. Joe Heyes Leicester Tigers
19. James Scott Worcester Warriors
20. Sean Reffell Saracens
21. Ben White Leicester Tigers
22. James Grayson Northampton Saints
23. Fraser Dingwall Northampton Saints

England U20 Six Nations fixtures and results
Italy 17-27 England
England 37-12 Wales
Scotland vs England | Friday 23 February | 7.30pm | Myreside, Edinburgh
France vs England | Friday 9 March 9pm (8pm GMT) | Stade de la Mediterranee, Beziers
England vs Ireland | Friday 16 March | 8pm | Ricoh Arena, Coventry