Cuckson starts again after winning England U20 debut

30 May 2023

Harvey Cuckson will start his second match in a row for England Under-20s when they take on their Georgia counterparts on Thursday at 13:00.

The Bath Rugby Academy debuted at Under-20 level in the previous encounter between the two sides, playing 50 minutes as England came out on top 41-36. 

Previously the 19-year-old had represented his country in two Under-19 matches back in April.

England men’s Under-20s Head Coach Mark Mapletoft has selected Cuckson in the second row alongside captain Lewis Chessum of Leicester Tigers who was missing from the first match.

It will be England Under-20s’ final outing ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship this summer.

Thursday’s match will be streamed live from the Avchala Rugby Stadium in Tbilisi on the Georgian Rugby Facebook page.

Mapletoft said: “Our first match against Georgia was tough; they were physical in their tackles, and some of their tries showed they have as much strike power out wide as they do through the forwards. Equally though, I was really pleased with the composure our players showed to stay in the contest and close out the match. Our bench had a real impact.

“The players learned a lot from Saturday’s match, which is why we’re on this tour. Our attention now turns to game two in what will be our final hit-out ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship and we know we’ll have to put together a more complete performance in two days’ time.”

Harvey is pictured supporting Bath Rugby Foundation's Lose The Labels campaign. To learn more about the Foundation, head to their website.



England men’s U20 team

15 Joe Jenkins (Bristol Bears), 14 Jacob Cusick (Leicester Tigers)13 Rekeiti Ma’asi-White (Sale Sharks), 12 Joseph Woodward (Leicester Tigers)11 Alex Wills (Sale Sharks)10 Connor Slevin (Harlequins)9 Charlie Bracken (Saracens)1 Asher Opoku-Fordjour (Sale Sharks)2 Finn Theobald-Thomas (Gloucester)3 Afolabi Fasogbon (London Irish)4 Harvey Cuckson (Bath Rugby)5 Lewis Chessum (Leicester Tigers)6 Finn Carnduff (Leicester Tigers)7 Greg Fisilau (Exeter Chiefs)8 Chandler Cunningham-South (London Irish)


16 Nathan Jibulu (Harlequins)17 Ethan Clarke (Harlequins)18 James Halliwell (Bristol Bears)19 Zach Carr (Harlequins)20 Nathan Michelow (Saracens)21 Nye Thomas (Sale Sharks)22 Benjamin Waghorn (Harlequins)23 Toby Thame (Northampton Saints)24 Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons)


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