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Heyes returns to Under-20s front row

Leicester Tigers prop Joe Heyes has a starting role for England Under-20s against Scotland this weekend.

England head coach Steve Bates makes eight changes to the side that beat Italy last week for Friday’s fixture at Franklin’s Gardens (7.45pm) with Heyes coming into the front row after starting for Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership defeat at Sale Sharks last Friday.

The team will be looking to end the Championship on a high after two wins and two defeats so far.

Bates said: “We feel this is a good opportunity to take a closer look at the players who have not had much involvement during the tournament, while also including those that are returning from Premiership duty.

“What we’re looking for on Friday is a bit more continuity in our play and more consistency in our performance in terms of looking after the ball and managing the game.

“We’ve used a lot of players in the tournament and feel that will be beneficial for us going into the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in June. We can only take 28 players and selection is going to be very difficult so every opportunity they have to impress us is an important one.”

Friday’s game is a 7.45pm kick-off and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

England Under-20s (v Scotland)
15 Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby)
14 Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish)
13 Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors)
12 Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks)
11 Arron Reed (Sale Sharks)
10 Manu Vunipola (Saracens)
9 Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie)
1 Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors)
2 Samson Ma'asi (Northampton Saints)
3 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
4 Alex Coles (Northampton Saints)
5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
6 Tom Willis (Wasps)(c)
7 Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby)
8 Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)

16 Alfie Barbeary (Wasps)
17 Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby)
18 Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs)
19 Jon Kpoku (Saracens)
20 Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs)
21 Gus Warr (Sale Sharks)
22 Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks)
23 Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons)