Warriors trio prepare for Under 20s semi-final

James Scott, Ted Hill and Will Butler all named in matchday squad

Three Warriors players have been named in the England Under 20s squad for their World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final against South Africa on Tuesday (kick-off 6pm BST, live on ITV4).

James Scott and Ted Hill will start in the forward pack, while Will Butler has been named on the bench for the match in Narbonne.

Head Coach Steve Bates’ side head into the semi-final of the tournament as top seeds after three bonus-point victories in their pool over Argentina, Italy and Scotland. Hosts France take on New Zealand in Wednesday’s other semi-final in Perpignan.

England Under 20s have reached the final in five consecutive years, winning three (2013, 2014, 2016) and, since 2008, they have reached eight out of the ten finals.

Bates said: “We’re into the knockout stages of the competition now so we need to raise the tempo of our game and be more accurate as well as play at a more intense pace.

“At this stage of the competition the stakes are high and we need to be able to play under that type of pressure while also being able to raise our game.

“We’ve been able to rotate the squad quite nicely throughout the tournament, we’ve got two Premiership players coming back into the side who didn’t play in our final pool game so they will be fresh and will add a great deal to the team.

“My message to the players on Tuesday will be a simple one – these opportunities don’t come around too often, we are in the semi-final of a wonderful competition, playing Southern Hemisphere opposition and I want them to show their class. The key thing is not to be overawed by the occasion, but to go out there and attack them.”

England U20s
15 Tom Parton (London Irish)
14 Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)
13 Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
12 Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers)
11 Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers)
10 Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
9 Ben White (Leicester Tigers)
1 Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
2 Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby)
3 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
4 Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5 James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
6 Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
7 Ben Curry (Sale Sharks)
8 Josh Basham (London Irish)

Replacements
16 Gabriel Oghre (Wasps)
17 Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
18 Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints)
19 Tom Willis (Wasps Rugby)
20 Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby)
21 Rory Brand (London Irish)
22 James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
23 Will Butler (Worcester Warriors)

England Under 20s fixtures
England 39-18 Argentina
England 43-5 Italy
England 35-10 Scotland

England vs South Africa
Semi-final | Tuesday 12 June | kick-off 6pm | Narbonne

Finals day
Sunday 17 June | Beziers