Stephens starts for England U20s

Thursday 23 June 2022 Written by: Adam

The game takes place at the Payanini Centre, Verona, at 4pm BST on Friday 24 June.

Two uncapped players make the starting fifteen – Tumy Onasanya at loosehead prop and Jevaughn Warren at tighthead prop. Five times capped, John Stewart, completes the front row as hooker.

Ewan Richards, the most capped player in the side, and Lewis Chessum make up the second row. Chander Cunningham-South, blindside flanker, captain Emeka Ilione, openside flanker, with Greg Fisilau at number 8 completes the back row.

Making up the backs are George Hendy at full back, Tom Litchfield at right wing with **Iwan Stephens** on the left, Rekeiti Ma’asi-White plays at inside centre with Ethan Grayson on the outside. Fin Smith plays fly half with Tom Carr-Smith as scrum half.

Speaking on the first game of the series, England men’s U20 head coach, Alan Dickens said: “The team is excited to play against South Africa although they are a little bit of an unknown as they haven’t played any games this year at an international level.

“The opportunities for this group to learn and develop over this series are immense and I’m as excited about the players having meaningful game time as I am the final result.”

**England U20 team**
**15.** George Hendy, Northampton Saints (Caps 3), **14.** Tom Litchfield, Northampton Saints (Caps 5), **13.** Ethan Grayson, Northampton Saints (Caps 5) **12.** Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, Wasps (Caps 1), **11. Iwan Stephens, Newcastle Falcons (Caps 1)**, **10.** Fin Smith, Worcester Warriors (Caps 5), **9.** Tom Carr-Smith, Bath Rugby (Caps 3), **1.** Tumy Onasanya, Sale Sharks (Caps 0), **2.** John Stewart, Bath Rugby (Caps 5), **3.** Jevaughn Warren, Saracens (Caps 0) **4.** Ewan Richards, Bath Rugby (Caps 7), **5.** Lewis Chessum, Leicester Tigers (Caps 3), **6.** Chandler Cunningham-South, London Irish (Caps 3), **7.** Emeka Ilione, Leicester Tigers, Captain, (Caps 6), **8.** Greg Fisilau, Wasps (Caps 2)

**16.** Finn Theobald-Thomas, Worcester (Caps 2), **17.** Andrew Turner, Bristol Bears (Caps 0), **18.** Mikey Summerfield, London Irish (Caps 5), **19.** Tom Lockett, Northampton Saints (Caps 4), **20.** Lucas Brooke, London Irish (Caps 4), **21.** Ethan Staddon, Bath Rugby (Caps 0), **22.** Toby Knight, Saracens (Caps 5), **23.** Charlie Bracken, Saracens (Caps 0), **24.** Jed Walsh, Leicester Tigers (Caps 0), **25.** Conor Oresanya, Harlequins (Caps 0), **26.** Tobi Wilson, Worcester Warriors (Caps 0)

**England’s Pool A games**
Round 1 – England v South Africa, Friday 24 June, KO 4pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona
Round 2 – France v England, Wednesday 29 June, KO 4pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona
Round 3 – Ireland v England, Tuesday 5 July, KO 7pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona

**Play offs**
Tuesday 12 July, KO TBC, Stadio Monigo, Treviso

Every game of the Under 20 Summer Series will be streamed via the **[Six Nations Rugby U20 YouTube channel][1]**.