Ewels and Woolstencroft start in semi-final

14 June 2014

Bath Rugby Academy duo Charlie Ewels and Tom Woolstencroft have been selected to start England U20 in their Junior World Championship semi-final against Ireland on Sunday, kick-off 06:05 BST.

England were three from three in the Pool stage with wins against Italy, Australia and Argentina and will be hoping to reach their third final in four years.

Saracens lock Maro Itoje captains the side and says that he can't wait to lead the side out: "It's a huge game for us and one we're really looking forward to.

"We played Ireland in the Six Nations so we know that they're a strong side – we've got a lot of respect for them, and we know that we're going to have to perform if we want to get anything out of the game.

"As a group we are close, it's been a massive squad effort that's got us this far and we need to keep that momentum going into Sunday."

England U20 starting XV against Ireland

15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
14 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
10 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby)
3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, captain)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Gus Jones (London Wasps)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)


16 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie)
17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
18 Harry Rudkin (Leicester Tigers)
19 Hayden Thompson-Stringer (Saracens)
20 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)
21 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby)
22 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Rugby)

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