England men U20s head coach Alan Dickens has included Bath Rugby’s Max Ojomoh and Gabe Hamer-Webb in his starting XV to take on Wales in round four of the U20 Six Nations Championship at Kingsholm Stadium (kick-off 19:45, live on Sky Sports Action and Mix).
Ojomoh returns to the starting line-up as one of four changes to the line-up defeated by Ireland in last weekend’s clash at Franklin’s Gardens.
In the front row there is a first start for Emmanuel Iyogun and a debut for fellow prop Cal Ford. The other change in the forwards sees flanker Rob Farrar also make his first start for England.
Bath Rugby’s Performance Director Andy Rock said: “It’s a great opportunity for Max and Gabe to take the field again together, in what will be a tough test against the Welsh. The amount we have seen them both grow and develop their games this season has been fantastic, and we’re excited to see them go out there this weekend to represent our club again, and perform the way we know they can”
Ojomoh, Hamer-Webb and their England teammates will be looking to get back to winning form after conceding a first defeat to Ireland, while Wales – who have won just one Six Nations match, over France – will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s narrow victory over their rivals.
England will be captained by centre Connor Doherty, while Gloucester fly-half George Barton will be playing on home soil at Kingsholm.
Alan Dickens said: “We were frustrated with the defeat to Ireland in round three, but it’s a learning experience for the players and that is a focus for us. We have to learn the lessons and respond against Wales, who will no doubt also be tough opponents.
“My message to the squad will be to enjoy the experience, learn the lessons from Ireland and put a performance in that they are proud of and that reflects how hard they have worked this week.”
Bath Rugby’s Nahum Merigan for England and Archie Griffin for Wales are both unavailable for selection due to injury.
England men U20s side to face Wales
15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
14. Gabriel Hamer-Webb (Bath Rugby)
13. Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks) - captain
12. Max Ojomoh (Bath Rugby)
11. Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks)
10. George Barton (Gloucester Rugby)
9. Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs)
1. Emmanuel Iyogun (Northampton Saints)
2. Theo Dan (Saracens)
3. Cal Ford (Sale Sharks)
4. Hugh Tizard (Harlequins)
5. George Hammond (Harlequins)
6. Rob Farrar (Newcastle Falcons)
7. Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs)
8. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)
16. Sam Riley (Harlequins)
17. Sam Crean (Saracens)
18. Harvey Beaton (Saracens)
19. Alex Groves (Bristol Bears)
20. Jack Clement (Gloucester)
21. Jack Van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers)
22. Will Haydon-Wood (Newcastle Falcons)
23. Josh Gillespie (Northampton Saints)