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Heathcote starts for England U20 team to face Australia

22 June 2012, 9:25am

Heathcote starts for England U20 team to face Australia

Bath Rugby fly half, Tom Heathcote has been named in the starting line-up for the England U20 team to face their Australian counterparts at the University of Western Cape, 15:30pm kick off (BST).

A win would give England a seventh place finish in the competition, but returning fly half Tom Heathcote is taking nothing for granted.

He said: "We're looking forward to going out there and making a statement. The boys have been pretty disappointed after our last two performances [a 28-15 loss to South Africa and a 27-12 loss to Ireland] but we've got one game to put things right, end on a high, and everyone is massively excited by that chance.

"We've done some analysis on Australia and they're a good side. They have some good athletes and strong backs and we know that if we're going to win we're going to have to play to our peak."

England Under 20 starting XV against Australia:

15 Ben Ransom (Saracens)
14 Marland Yarde (London Irish)
13 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
12 Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)
11 Charlie Walker (Harlequins)
10 Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby)
9 Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)

1 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
2 Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
4 Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)
5 George Merrick (Harlequins)
6 David Sisi (London Irish)
7 Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie) (C)
8 Jack Clifford (Harlequins)

Replacements:

16 Nathan Morris (London Wasps)
17 Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)
18 Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)
19 Ben Nutley (Northampton)
20 Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)
21 Ben Spencer (Saracens)
22 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
23 Tommy Bell (London Wasps)

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