Louie Johnson at full-back for England U20s

Tuesday 27 June 2023 Written by: Adam

The 6pm UK-time kick-off is being shown live on World Rugby’s digital channels, with highlights on ITV 4 at 11.55pm.

Taking place in the South African town of Stellenbosch, the game is England’s second outing in the World Rugby U20 Championship.

England drew 34-34 with Ireland in Saturday’s opener – a game which saw Johnson coming off the bench during the closing quarter.

England Under-20s head coach Mark Mapletoft said: “We were really pleased with the things the team did well in our game against Ireland on Saturday, particularly with how we built upon our performances from the Six Nations.

“We’ve taken learnings on board from the match and have now shifted our attention to Fiji, who gave the Australians a real crack in their tournament opener.

“With only a five-day turnaround between fixtures our players have prioritised their recovery well. We’ve named a number of debutants for Thursday’s match, so congratulations to those five lads and all the others selected.”

**England Under-20s team**

15 Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons)

14 Jacob Cusick (Leicester Tigers)

13 Joe Jenkins (Bristol Bears)

12 Toby Thame (Northampton Saints)

11 Alex Wills (Sale Sharks)

10 Connor Slevin (Harlequins)

9 Nye Thomas (Sale Sharks)

1 Archie McArthur (Gloucester)

2 Nathan Jibulu (Harlequins)

3 James Halliwell (Bristol Bears)

4 Finn Carnduff (Leicester Tigers, captain)

5 Harry Browne (Harlequins)

6 Nathan Michelow (Saracens)

7 Tristan Woodman (Sale Sharks)

8 Zach Carr (Harlequins)


16 Craig Wright (Northampton Saints)

17 Ethan Clarke (Harlequins)

18 Afolabi Fasogbon

19 Lewis Chessum (Leicester Tigers)

20 Greg Fisilau (Exeter Chiefs)

21 Charlie Bracken (Saracens)

22 Cassius Cleaves (Harlequins)

23 Tobias Elliott (Saracens)