Johnson on the bench for England U20s v SA

Wednesday 12 July 2023 Written by: Adam

The game at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town kicks off at 3.30pm UK time and is being shown live on World Rugby’s website, with highlights on ITV4 at 12.05am.

England face the host nation after falling to France at the semi-final stage, with their group campaign seeing them defeating Fiji as well as drawing with both Ireland and Australia.

England Under-20s head coach Mark Mapletoft said: “This is the last opportunity for this group to take to the field together, and I know they can’t wait to give it their all.

“This has been a fantastic learning opportunity for this talented bunch of players, and I’m sure the experience will put them in good stead for the future.

“Going up against the hosts on Friday will be a challenge, but I have confidence in the players to put in a performance that they can be proud of.” 

**England Under-20s team**

15 Sam Harris (Bath Rugby)  

14 Cassius Cleaves (Harlequins) 

13 Joe Jenkins (Bristol Bears)  

12 Rekeiti Ma’asi-White  (Sale Sharks)

11 Alex Wills (Sale Sharks) 

10 Connor Slevin (Harlequins) 

9 Nye Thomas (Sale Sharks)

1 Asher Opoku-Fordjour (Sale Sharks)

2 Craig Wright (Northampton Saints)

3 Afolabi Fasogbon (Gloucester Rugby)  

4 Joe Bailey (Exeter)

5 Lewis Chessum (Leicester Tigers, captain)  

6 Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins) 

7 Nathan Michelow (Saracens)  

8 Zach Carr (Harlequins)


16 Nathan Jibulu (Harlequins)

17 Ethan Clarke (Harlequins)

18 James Halliwell (Bristol Bears)  

19 Finn Carnduff (Leicester Tigers)  

20 Tristan Woodman (Sale Sharks)  

21 Charlie Bracken (Saracens) 

22 Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons) 

23 Joseph Woodward (Leicester Tigers)