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Tigers trio in England side to face France

Emeka Ilione will lead England Under-20s for a second successive Test, against France on Wednesday (June 29) in Italy.

The Leicester Tigers back-rower is joined by club-mates Lewis Chessum and Jed Walsh in the matchday squad for England's second fixture of the Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series in Italy. 

Ilione was a try-scorer in the round one game against South Africa and starts in the back-row again on Wednesday, with Chessum included again in the starting second-row for the match at the Payanini Centre, Verona.

Speaking ahead of the game, England U20s Head Coach Alan Dickens said:  “Taking the positives from our game against South Africa has been important as we prepare for tomorrow’s game.

“The three tries from Stewart, Ilione and Oresanya were pleasing and to perform against France, who had a strong start against Ireland in the first round, we need to keep focus on our set piece and maintain our discipline. 

“The players have been training hard and are looking forward to facing France in round two.” 

15. George Hendy, Northampton Saints, Caps 4 
14. Iwan Stephens, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 2 
13. Ethan Grayson, Northampton Saints, Caps 6 
12. Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, Wasps, Caps 2  
11. Conor Oresanya, Harlequins, Caps 1 
10. Fin Smith, Worcester Warriors, Caps 6 
9. Charlie Bracken, Saracens, Caps 1 
1. Tumy Onasanya, Sale Sharks, Caps 1 
2. Ollie Fletcher, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 1 
3. Jevaughn Warren, Saracens, Caps 1 
4. Ewan Richards, Bath Rugby, Caps 8  
5. Lewis Chessum, Leicester Tigers, Caps 4  
6. Chandler Cunningham-South, London Irish, Caps 4   
7. Emeka Ilione, Leicester Tigers, Caps 7, Captain 
8. Toby Knight, Saracens, Caps 6  

16. John Stewart, Bath Rugby, Caps 6 
17. Andrew Turner, Bristol Bears, Caps 1 
18. Mikey Summerfield, London Irish, Caps 5    
19. Charlie Rice, Bristol Bears, Caps 3 
20. Tom Lockett, Northampton Saints, Caps 5 
21. Lucas Brooke, London Irish, Caps 5 
22. Ethan Staddon, Bath Rugby, Caps 1 
23. Tom Carr-Smith, Bath Rugby, Caps 4 
24. Jed Walsh, Leicester Tigers, Caps 1 
25. Tom Litchfield, Northampton Saints, Caps 6
26. Sam Harris, Bath Rugby, Caps 0 

UPDATE: Jed Walsh ran in the match-winning score as England beat France 29-20. Despite collecting two yellow cards and a red in the closing quarter of an hour in Verona, Walsh latched on to a breakaway to score the fourth try for England and added the conversion to secure a first win of the series.