England, who had a big win in Round 1, are likely to have big wins again this week when they play Italy.
Round 2 Fixtures
Italy vs England
Wales vs Scotland
France vs Ireland
Round 1 Results
England vs Scotland, 59-3
Ireland vs Wales, 11-6
France vs Italy, postponed.
Italy vs England
Italy often does well at age-group where a big pack can cause problems, but it's hard to see them standing up to the bigger, faster English, even in Rovigo. England also have the advantage of having played a game while Italy missed out against France because of the frozen field.
England made six changes to the team that beat Scotland 59-3. Chris Walker captains the side in the absence of Leicester Tigers fly half George Ford, while Anthony Watson, Sam Hill, Josh Bassett, Tommy Bell, Scott Spurling and Dominic Barrow all come into the side.
In this fixture last year, England won 74-3.
Italy: 15 David Odiete (Reggio), 14 Angelo Esposito (Ruggers Tarvisium), 13 Michele Campagnaro (Mirano 1947), 12 Andrea Bettin (Roccia Rubano), 11 Leonardo Sarto (Petrarca Padova), 10 Riccardo Della Rossa (Marchiol Mogliano), 9 Guido Calabrese (San Gregorio Catania), 8 Alessio Zdrilich (Ospitaletto), 7 Federico Conforti (Petrarca Padova), 6 Ruben Riccioli (Mantovani Lazio), 5 Matteo Ferro (Femi-Cz Vea Rovigo), 4 Alfio Luca Mammana (L’Aquila), 3 Antonio Brandolini (L’Aquila), 2 Giovanni Maistri (Cammi Calvisano), (captain), 1 Sami Drissi (Ur Capitolina),
Replacements: 16 Luca Conti (Ur Capitolina), 17 Luca Scarsini (Udine Rugby), 18 Pietro Ceccarelli (Mantovani Lazio), 19 Cesare Berton (Petrarca Padova), 20 Andrea De Marchi (Femi-Cz Vea Rovigo), 21 Edoardo Padovani (Marchiol Mogliano), 22 John Apperley (Reggio), 23 Alex Morsellino (Petrarca Padova)
England: 15 Ben Ransom (Saracens), 14 Anthony Watson (London Irish), 13 Charlie Walker (Harlequins), 12 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), 11 Josh Bassett (Bedford Blues), 10 Tommy Bell (Leeds Carnegie), 9 Dan Robson (Gloucester), 8 Jack Clifford (Harlequins), 7 Chris Walker (C (Leeds Carnegie), 6 Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie), 5 George Merrick (Harlequins), 4 Tom Price (Leicester Tigers), 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), 2 Scott Spurling (Saracens), 1 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Replacements: 16 Nathan Morris (London Wasps), 17 Alec Hepburn (London Wasps), 18 Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks), 19 Elliot Stooke (Gloucester), 20 Will Skuse (Bath), 21 Ben Spencer (Saracens), 22 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), 23 Jack Arnott (Exeter Chiefs)
Date: Friday, 10 February 2012
Venue: Stadio Mario Battaglini, Rovigo
Referee: Cédric Marchat (France)
Assistant referees: Sébastien Cloute (France), Arnaud Blondel (France)
Television match official: Vincent Azoulay (France)
Wales vs Scotland
For the first time Wales Under-20 will be playing at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, which contains the Welsh Rugby Union's National Academy. The splendid new facilities will be the home venue for all three of Wales Under-20's home matches.
Wales have two changes from the team which lost to Ireland last weekend. Centre Luke Williams starts in place of Nathan Edwards while No.8 Ieuan Jones comes in for Reuben Tucker.
Scotland make changes. Robbie Fergusson will take up his position in the centre having recovered from a hip injury received last week in training. Michael Crawley moves back to his preferred position on the wing and Tom Steven drops to the bench.
In the forwards, George Turner replaces the injured Fergus Scott and Jamie Bhatti steps in for last weekend’s captain, Robin Hislop, who returns to his club, Edinburgh. Stand-off Harry Leonard will now captain the team.
On the bench, hooker Russell Anderson, prop Gavin Robertson and scrumhalf Matthew Torrance come in for their first chance to get a taste of Under-20 international.
Scottish coach Peter Wright said: “Wales are a very physical team and uncompromising up front. This is complemented by backs who know how to attack space. We have picked a team who will face that challenge head on, deny the backs space to run the ball and manipulate them to play our game plan.”
Wales: 15 Ross Jones, 14 Iolo Evans, 13 Luke Williams, 12 Cory Allen, 11 Luke Morgan, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Ieuan Jones, 7 Daniel Thomas, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 Rhodri Hughes, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 WillGriff John, 2 Kirby Myhill (captain), 1 Rob Evans
Replacements: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Dan Suter, 19 Thomas Young, 20 Dan Crimmins, 21 Joshua Davies, 22 Jordan Williams, 23 Dominic Franchi
Scotland: 15 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Heriot’s), 14 Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Accies), 13 Robbie Fergusson (Ayr), 12 Tommaso Allan (Western Province), 11 Michael Crawley (Boroughmuir), 10 Harry Leonard (Edinburgh), (captain), 9 Scott Steele (Leicester Tigers), 8 Jamie Swanson (Boroughmuir), 7 Will Bordill (Sale Sharks), 6 Mitch Eadie (Bristol), 5 Jonny Gray (Hamilton), 4 Adam Sinclair (Stirling County3 Alex Allan (Loughborough Students), 2 George Turner (Stewart’s Melville), 1 Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County)
Rewplacements: 16 Russell Anderson (Gala), 17 Gavin Robertson (Dundee HSFP), 18 Andrew Redmayne (Dundee HSFP), 19 Callum Reid (Edinburgh Accies), 20 Struan Cessford (Heriot’s), 21 Finn Russell (Falkirk), 22 Matthew Torrance (Ospreys), 23 Tom Steven (Glasgow Hawks)
Date: Friday, 10 February 2012
Venue: Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)
Assistant referees: Greg Garner, Robin Goodliffe (England)
Television match official: Brian Campsall (England)
France vs Ireland
France did not play last week but they hacve still made two changes. In each case a bench player has taken the place of a starting player. Darlly Domvo comes in to fullback for Julien Farnoux and Ilian Perraux at inside centre for Fabrice Catala.
Irish coach Mike Ruddock has brought two new faces into the side that won their opening game against Wales, 11-6, last weekend. Conor Finn has been brought into the starting XV to replace Barry Daly. Daly received a broken thumb in last week’s clash against Wales and underwent surgery on Sunday for same. He is expected to be out of action for six weeks.
Diarmuid Higgins has been brought into the squad and will take his place on the bench replacing Jake Cawley who took a knock during last week’s game and is unavailable for selection this week. Cawley is due to be available for selection for the Italy test.
Chris Farrell has been promoted from the bench to the centre along with scrumhalf Luke McGrath, both of whom make their first start of the series. Kieran Marmion and Foster Horan have been named in the replacements.
France: 15 Darly Domvo, 14 Jean-Yves Zebango, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Ilian Perraux, 11 Yohann Artru, 10 Clément Otazo, 9 Tom Ecochard (captain), 8 Karl Chateau, 7 Julien Kazubek, 6 Kelian Galletier, 5 Paul Jedrasiak, 4 Bastien Chalureau, 3 Florian Fresia, 2 Raphaël Carbou, 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Pascal Cotet, 18 Jean-Baptiste Custoja, 19 Andrew Chauveau, 20 Johan Aliouat, 21 Eric Escande, 22 Fabrice Catala, 23 Julien Farnoux.
Ireland: 15 Shane Layden (Buccaneers), 14 Conor Finn (Buccaneers), 13 Chris Farrell (Dungannon), 12 JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemian), 11 Sam Coghlan - Murray (UCD), 10 Paddy Jackson (Dungannon) (captain), 9 Luke McGrath (UCD), 8 Jack Conan (Old Belvedere), 7 Aaron Conneely (Corinthians), 6 Conor Gilsenan (UCD), 5 Daniel Qualter (Buccaneers), 4 Iain Henderson (QUB), 3 Peter Reilly (Lansdowne), 2 Niall Scannell (Dolphin), 1 Kyle McCall (Ballynahinch),
Replacements: 16 Des Merrey (Clontarf), 17 James Rael (Garryowen), 18 Diarmuid Higgins (Buccaneers), 19 Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne), 20 Jordan Coughlan (UCD), 21 Kieran Marmion (Corinthians), 22 Cathal Marsh (Dublin University), 23 Foster Horan (Lansdowne)
Date: Saturday, 11 February 2012
Venue: Stade Des Alpes, Grenoble
Referee: Neil Hennessy (Wales)
Assistant referees: Rhys Thomas (Wales) , Chris Williams (Wales)
Television match official: Derek Bevan (Wales)
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