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Olowofela happy to move across backline

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Jordan Olowofela says England are thinking only about third-round opponents Scotland this weekend and not about the Under-20s Six Nations title.

Leicester Tigers development squad player Olowofela was among the tryscorers as England Under-20s made it two wins from two games with a dominant show against Wales 10 days ago in his first starting appearance at this level.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully keep going on,” said Olowofela who made his Tigers senior debut in the Anglo-Welsh Cup this season and scored a try in the win over Cardiff Blues at Welford Road last month.

“We’re taking each game as it comes. It’s Scotland next and hopefully we’ll keep winning, and then to win the tournament.”

The 19-year-old, whose twin brother Ryan is part of the England Sevens set-up, also had words of praise for clubmate Ben White who captained the team to victory against Wales.

“He’s been very good,” Olowofela said. “He obviously knows quite a few of us, but he’s a born leader.”

After appearing as a replacement in the opening win over Italy, Olowofela was selected to start on the wing against Wales but switched to full-back in the early stages of the game after injury to mate-mate Tom Parton.

“I’d been training at full-back most of the week actually, although I started on the wing,” he said. “It was sad he got injured but I thought the lads did well, given the late changes.

“I was very nervous before the game because I didn’t know what to expect in my first England game at home and a first start as well.”

Olowofela stays at full-back for Friday’s game against Scotland in Edinburgh, with clubmate Tom Hardwick making his first start at fly-half and lock Sam Lewis retained in the line-up. Tigers colleagues Joe Heyes and Ben White are included among the England replacements, while Tommy Reffell again captains Wales as they face Ireland in Dublin.

After the trip to Edinburgh this weekend, England face France away and Ireland in Coventry in their remaining fixtures.