England U20s – Witty starts against Japan
Newcastle Falcons lock Will Witty will make his England U20s debut on Tuesday (June 2) as he starts against Japan in the first game of this year’s U20 World Championship.
Defending champions, England are looking to take a third crown in three years, with Witty’s start his first competitive involvement after missing the U20s Six Nations through injury.
It is another well earned breakthrough for the Malton born player, who has already made his Falcons first team debut, scored his first senior try and made his Aviva Premiership debut during season 2014/15.
Speaking to RFU.com after unveiling his squad, head coach Jon Collard said: ““Everyone has settled in really well since arriving on Thursday, training has been spot on with a good intensity, great accuracy and plenty of enthusiasm.”
“The squad are keen to get our processes right and they are looking forward to the first match. They are aware of their roles and responsibilities and are excited about the challenge ahead. We want them not to have any nerves, to play with plenty of freedom, and to enjoy the opportunity to express themselves.”
“It is tough to have Japan first because they are a relatively unknown quality. From the tapes we have studied, we know that they are a physical, passionate side who will fight hard for the ball. We need to be clinical, focus on ourselves and our systems and make full use of possession.”
The first of three group games, Tuesday’s clash from the Stadio San Michele in Calvisano kicks off at 17:30 BST and will be screened live in the UK by BT Sport.