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Wasps feature for England this weekend

After a successful round of international games last weekend, London Wasps will feature again across the international stage this weekend

England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter has made six changes from the side that faced Scotland ahead of their 6 Nations game against Ireland on Friday night in Athlone, kick off 7.45pm.

Elliot Daly and Joe Launchbury both start while Sam Jones will take his place on the bench.

England are well placed in the group with four wins from four and Head Coach Rob Hunter says that he will have no problem motivating his side as they aim for a first clean sweep since 2008.

He said: “Ireland will be tough, they are the defending champions and they rarely lose in Athlone. We’ve had an excellent tournament so far and we know what’s at stake on Friday night. We’ll be focusing purely on performance and matching the challenge that Ireland represent.”

Simon Shaw is again named on the bench for the England team to face Ireland this Saturday, ko 5pm when England will be playing for their first Grand Slam title since 2003.

Wasps will also feature for the England Women’s team when they face Ireland on Friday at Ashbourne RFC, ko 7.30pm, where Joanna McGilchrist and LaToya Mason have been named in the starting XV while Claire Purdy starts on the bench is on the bench.



England Team to face Ireland

15 Ben Foden
14 Chris Ashton
13 Matt Banahan
12 Shontayne Hape
11 Mark Cueto
10 Toby Flood
9 Ben Youngs
1 Alex Corbisiero
2 Dylan Hartley
3 Dan Cole
4 Louis Deacon
5 Tom Palmer
6 Tom Wood
7 James Haskell
8 Nick Easter (C)

Replacements
16 Steve Thompson, 17 Paul Doran-Jones, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Danny Care, 21 Jonny Wilkinson, 22 David Strettle Saracens


England U20s to face Ireland:

15 Ben Ransom
14 Andy Short
13 Elliot Daly
12 Ryan Mills
11 Jonathan Joseph
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Mako Vunipola
2 Mike Haywood
3 Henry Thomas
4 Joe Launchbury
5 Charlie Matthews
6 Matt Kvesic
7 Matt Everard
8 Alex Gray

Replacements:
16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Will Collier, 18 Addison Lockley, 19 Sam Jones, 20 Dan Robson, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Jamie Elliott


England Women to face Ireland:

15 Emily Scarratt
14 Katherine Merchant
13 Rachael Burford
12 Kimberley Oliver
11 Francesca Matthews
10 Katy McLean (C)
9 LaToya Mason
1 Rochelle Clark
2 Emma Croker
3 Sophie Hemming
4 Rebecca Essex
5 Joanna McGilchrist
6 Heather Fisher
7 Margaret Alphonsi (vc)
8 SarahHunter

Replacements:
16 Amy Garnett, 17 Claire Purdy, 18 Rowena Burnfield, 19 Catherine Spencer, 20 Georgina Rozario, 21 Georgina Roberts, 22 Danielle Waterman

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