Hill returns for England Under 20s

Warriors blindside flanker Ted Hill returns to England’s starting XV for their final pool match in the World Rugby Under 20s Championship against Australia in Argentina on Wednesday (kick-off 7.30pm).

Hill, who made his senior debut as a replacement against Japan in November, started in England’s defeat by Ireland in their opening pool match last week but missed the narrow victory over Italy on Saturday due to illness.

He returns as one of seven changes to the starting XV for the match in Santa Fe which includes Warriors loosehead Kai Owen being named among the replacements.

England Under 20s Head Coach Steve Bates said: “This is a big fixture for us and the players know we need to raise the level and pace of our game against a good Australia side.

“We always enjoy matches against southern hemisphere opposition, it’s not often these players get the opportunity to face the likes of Australia or New Zealand and they are very excited about that.

“The players feel like they haven’t played their best rugby yet in this competition and the challenge for them is to play with a bit more continuity in the game. We trained very well yesterday with that in mind and I’m hoping to see an exciting performance from us on Wednesday.”

England Under 20s
15 Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby)
14 Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints)
13 Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints) – captain
12 Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks)
11 Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons)
10 Manu Vunipola (Saracens)
9 Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs)
1. James Kenny (Exeter Chiefs)
2 Will Capon (Bristol Bears)
3 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
4 Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5 Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs)
6 Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
7 Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby)
8 Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)

Replacements
16 Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks)
17 Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby)
18 Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs)
19 Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors)
20 Alex Coles (Northampton Saints)
21 Tom Willis (Wasps)
22 Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie)
23 Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks)
24 Luke James (Sale Sharks)
25 Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby)