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1 May 2012, 11:03am

Tom Heathcote selected for England U20s IRB Junior World Championship squad

Bath Rugby Academy fly-half Tom Heathcote has been selected for the England U20s squad to play in this year's IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa, which kicks off against Italy on June 4th.

The squad contains players with a huge amount of Aviva Premiership, A-League and RFU Championship experience, and Head Coach Rob Hunter is pleased with the players at his disposal as they look to better last season's second place finish.

"Competition for places has been high and some good players have missed out, however we're very pleased with the 28 selected," he said. "The games come thick and fast in this tournament, we've got a tough group and we're excited by that challenge."

After Italy, Six Nations winners England face Ireland before coming up against hosts South Africa in Stellenbosch, one year after defeating the southern hemisphere nation 26-20.

Hunter added: "We have two huge games before we come up against South Africa, but that match stands out for the experience of playing them in front of their home support. For now though all our attention is on that first game against Italy, each year they improve and we'll need to be fully focused."

England Under 20 IRB Junior World Championship squad

Forwards

Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)

Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby)*

Jack Clifford (Harlequins)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)

Max Crumpton (Saracens)

Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)

Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)

Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)*

George Merrick (Harlequins)

Nathan Morris (London Wasps)

Ben Nutley (Northampton Saints)

Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)

David Sisi (London Irish)

Sam Twomey (Harlequins)*

Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie)

Backs

Will Addison (Sale Sharks)

Josh Bassett (Bedford Blues)

Tommy Bell (Sale Sharks)

Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints)

Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby)

Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)

Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)*

Ben Ransom (Saracens)*

Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)*

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

Ben Spencer (Saracens)

Charlie Walker (Harlequins)

Marland Yarde (London Irish)*

* Played in 2011 IRB Junior World Championship

IRB Junior World Championship schedule

All games live on Sky Sports HD

Game 1

England v Italy

Monday June 4th, 15:45 (GMT)

University of Western Cape Stadium, Cape Town

Game 2

England v Ireland

Friday June 8th, 17:45 (GMT)

Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch

Game 3

South Africa v England

Tuesday June 12th, 17:45 (GMT)

Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch

Semi-final

Sunday June 17th

Final

Friday June 22nd

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