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Team news: World Under-20s round three

Ben White returns to captain England U20s against Scotland in their final Pool B fixture of the World Rugby U20 Championship.

Scrum-half White is partnered at half-back by his Leicester Tigers team-mate Tom Hardwick for Thursday’s game in Beziers (8pm BST, live on worldrugby.org).

Hardwick makes his first start at fly-half after playing at centre against Argentina in matchday one. Jordan Olowofela also returns at outside centre after scoring two tries from the wing against Los Pumitas.

White, Hardwick and Olowofela were all on the bench for the second fixture against Italy.

Tigers prop Joe Heyes, who started against Italy, moves to the bench.

England have so far recorded two bonus-point victories over Argentina (39-18) and Italy (43-5) in the tournament, sealing their place in the semi-finals as a result.

Tommy Reffell captains Wales in their clash with Japan in Perpignan (5.30pm BST). The Tigers back-rower makes his third start of the tournament, and the game is live on the S4C channel, website and Facebook page.

Wales won their opening game against Australia 26-21 before a 42-10 defeat to New Zealand in round two.

Tigers prop Sam Grahamslaw, meanwhile, who featured in Scotland's opening two games of their campaign, has missed out on selection for the game against England.

Sam Lewis, the Tigers forward, will miss the rest of the championship after being suspended for three weeks following his red card for a dangerous tackle on Italy winger Tommaso Coppo in England’s second group game.

England U20s: 15 James Grayson (Northampton Saints), 14 Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins), 13 Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers), 12 Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), 11 Ben Loader (London Irish), 10 Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers), 9 Ben White (Leicester Tigers) (c); 1 Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 2 Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors), 3 Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints), 4 Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5 James Scott (Worcester Warriors), 6 Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), 7 Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), 8 Tom Willis (Wasps).

Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre (Wasps), 17 Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby), 18 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), 19 Josh Basham (London Irish), 20 Ben Curry (Sale Sharks), 21 Rory Brand (London Irish), 22 Matt Williams (London Irish), 23 Tom Parton (London Irish)

Wales U20: 15 Cai Evans (Ospreys), 14 Corey Baldwin (Scarlets), 13 Ioan Nicholas (Scarlets), 12 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler (Ospreys), 11 Dewi Cross (Ospreys), 10 Ben Jones (Cardiff Blues), 9 Harri Morgan (Ospreys); 1 Rhys Davies (Scarlets), 2 Dewi Lake (Ospreys), 3 Chris Coleman (Dragons), 4 Lewis Ellis-Jones (Scarlets), 5 Jack Pope (Bridgend), 6 Tommy Reffell (c) (Leicester Tigers), 7 Lennon Greggains (Dragons), 8 Taine Basham (Dragons)

Replacements: 16 Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues), 17 Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues), 18 Rhys Henry (Ospreys), 19 Max Williams (Dragons), 20 Ben Fry (Dragons), 21 Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues), 22 Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues), 23 Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues)