Three Wasps included for England U20s

Piers O'Conor, Tom West and Tom Howe have all been included in the England U20s side to face Italy on Friday, kick off 7.45pm live on Sky Sports.

O'Conor retains his place in the starting side after making his debut against Wales last weekend, while West and Howe are included on the bench.

Ahead of the game, Forwards Coach Ian Peel said: “The lads have responded very well this week. They were obviously gutted after the Wales result but have taken a lot of learnings from that game and we’re looking to transfer that from training pitch to the game on Friday night.

“Italy will be big and physical. They’ve got a good driving game, good runners and like to play with pace. It’ll be a tough game.”

England U20s
15. Piers O'Conor (Wasps Rugby)
14. George Perkins (Saracens)
13. Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
12. Charlie Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
11. Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
10. Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby)
9. Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs)
1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Rugby)
2. Jack Walker (Yorkshire Carnegie)
3. Paul Hill (Yorkshire Carnegie)
4. Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins)
5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, captain)
6. Charlie Beckett (Leicester Tigers)
7. Will Owen (Leicester Tigers)
8. James Chisholm (Harlequins)

Replacements: 16. Jake Farnworth (Leicester Tigers), 17. Tom West (Wasps Rugby), 18. Ciaran Parker (Sale Sharks), 19. Joe Batley (Gloucester Rugby), 20. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs), 21. James Mitchell (Sale Sharks), 22. Tom Morton (Sale Sharks), 23. Tom Howe (Wasps Rugby)