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Ilione and Edwards in England 20s team

Emeka Ilione and Sam Edwards have been included in the England Under-20s matchday squad for their U20 Six Nations game against Italy.

The Leicester Tigers duo are two of six changes made to the side by England U20 head coach Alan Dickens on Friday (February 11) at Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso.

England won their tournament opener against Scotland, 24-41, away from home.

Ilione is yet to appear for Tigers this season after a pre-season injury, while Edwards made his senior debut off the bench away to Wasps in Round 2 of the 21/22 Premiership Rugby Cup.

Previewing the match, Dickens said: “The players were pleased with the performance against Scotland, particularly their ability to take control of the second half.”

“We’ve have had another good week training and seen some new faces in camp. The level of competition within the squad is something I have been really impressed with.

“Italy will be a strong team on home soil, but the boys are looking forward to our second away trip and getting back onto the pitch in Treviso and improving on last week’s performance.

“Last week’s game was special for the players and as a team, in that 19 lads made their U20 debuts. The performance they put in on the night demonstrates the togetherness of the players and their willingness to work hard for each other."

15 George Hendy (Northampton Saints, Caps 1)
14 Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears, Caps 4)
13 Tom Litchfield (Northampton Saints, Caps 3)
12 Ethan Grayson (Northampton Saints, Caps 1) 
11 Francis Moore (Saracens, Caps 0) 
10 Jamie Benson (Harlequins, Caps 1)
9 Matty Jones (Gloucester Rugby, Caps 1)
1 Fin Baxter (Harlequins, Caps 2) - Captain
2 John Stewart (Bath Rugby, Caps 2)
3 Mikey Summerfield (London Irish, Caps 1) 
4 Alfie Bell (Wasps, Caps 1) 
5 Tom Lockett (Northampton Saints, Caps 1)
6 Alex Wardell (Saracens, Caps 1)
7 Toby Knight (Saracens, Caps 1)
8 Emeka Ilione (Leicester Tigers, Caps 2)
REPLACEMENTS: 16 Finn Theobald-Thomas (Worcester Warriors, Caps 0), 17 Mark Dormer (Newcastle, Caps 1), 18 Will Hobson (Harlequins, Caps 1), 19 Charlie Rice (Bristol Bears, Caps 1), 20 Greg Fisilau (Wasps, Caps 1), 21 Sam Edwards (Leicester Tigers, Caps 0), 22 Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons, Caps 1), 23 Ollie Dawkins (Wasps, Caps 1)