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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Cumbrian Nathan Morris on England bench to face South Africa

Wasps' Cumbrian hooker Nathan Morris, from Cargo, returns to the bench as England Under-20s made six changes to the side that beat Ireland 20-15, for tonight’s IRB Junior World Championship final Pool B clash against hosts South Africa at The Cape Town Stadium, kick-off 5.45pm BST (live on Sky Sports HD).

Nathan Morris photo
Nathan Morris. Photo: Sam Macdonald

Fellow Cumbrian Will Addison, from Penrith, who took part in the victory against Ireland, is rested.

Chris Walker is recalled to the starting lineup and again captains the side, while Sam Hill, Dan Robson, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Twomey and Billy Vunipola also come into the starting fifteen.

A win guarantees England a spot in the semi-finals, but defeat would not necessarily rule out a last-four place.

Head Coach Rob Hunter says that the squad is looking forward to what promises to be an entertaining match: “We’re very excited about the game,” he said. “When the Pools were announced we knew that this one was going to be a fantastic match-up. Playing the Baby Boks in their own back yard will be a memorable experience and I’m sure that there will be a great atmosphere.

“As a squad we’re feeling pretty fresh, we had a tough game against Ireland and we’ve made a few changes from that starting team but we’re very focused on the task in hand and can’t wait to get out there.”

He added: “Of course we’re going for the win, it’s the best way to ensure we make it out of the group, we don’t want to leave it to math. Last year’s game against South Africa was incredibly physical, it was one of the games of the tournament, and we’re expecting exactly the same.”

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