Cuckson locks in for first match of England U20 tour of Georgia

26 May 2023

Following his inclusion in Mark Mapletoft's U20 England squad, Harvey Cuckson will lock-in in the second row to face Georgia U20 this weekend.

Yet to receive his first cap in Blue, Black and White since joining the Bath Rugby Academy earlier this year, this will be Cuckson's debut for England U20 after impressing in his England U18 and U19 appearances. 

In the first of a two-match tour, the England U20 side will take to the pitch at the Avchala Stadium in Georgia's capital Tbilisi, kicking off at 16:00 BST (19:00 local time). 

Sam Harris misses out on selection for the first of the two games as Mapletoft selects a new combination for the opener, but remains on the tour with the wider squad. 

Of his first team selection of the tour, Mapletoft said: “We’ve selected a side for our first match against Georgia U20 which will give us a chance to try out new on-pitch combinations and also to see players who didn’t play big minutes during the Under-20 Six Nations campaign.

“We expect the locals to come out hard, backed by a vocal crowd. We can’t wait for the experience.”

The match will be streamed live on the Georgian Rugby Facebook page. 


England men’s U20 team

15. Connor Slevin (Harlequins)
14. Benjamin Waghorn (Harlequins)
13. Jacob Cusick (Leicester Tigers)
12. Toby Thame (Northampton Saints)
11. Alex Wills (Sale Sharks)
10. Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons)
9. Nye Thomas (Sale Sharks)

1. Ethan Clarke (Harlequins)
2. Nathan Jibulu (Harlequins)
3. James Halliwell (Bristol Bears)
4. Harvey Cuckson (Bath Rugby)
5. Harry Browne (Harlequins)
6. Nathan Michelow (Saracens)
7. Tristan Woodman (Sale Sharks)
8. Zach Carr (Harlequins)


16. Craig Wright (Northampton Saints)
17. Asher Opoku-Fordjour (Sale Sharks)
18. Afolabi Fasogbon (London Irish)
19. Finn Carnduff (Leicester Tigers)
20. Chandler Cunningham-South (London Irish)
21. Charlie Bracken (Saracens)
22. Joseph Woodward (Leicester Tigers)
23. Joe Jenkins (Bristol Bears)

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