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Tigers cubs line up in World Under-20s

Seven young Leicester Tigers players begin their campaign in the World Rugby Under-20s Championship in France this week.

England head coach Steve Bates includes Tigers trio Ben White, Tom Hardwick and Jordan Olowofela in the starting line-up for the opening game against Argentina in Narbonne on Wednesday, with clubmates Joe Heyes and Sam Lewis among the replacements.

Tigers prop Sam Grahamslaw is among the replacements as Scotland kick off their championship against Italy in Beziers, while his club colleague Tommy Reffell is captain of a Wales squad preparing to play against Australia.

England Under-20s
15 Tom Parton (London Irish), 14 Ali Crossdale (Saracens), 13 Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), 12 Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers), 11 Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers), 10 James Grayson (Northampton Saints), 9 Ben White (Leicester Tigers); 1 Toby Trinder (Northampton Saints), 2 Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby), 3 Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints), 4 Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5 James Scott (Worcester Warriors), 6 Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), 7. Ben Curry (Sale Sharks) (c), 8. Josh Basham (London Irish)
Replacements: 16 Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors), 17 Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby), 18 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), 19 Sam Lewis (Leicester Tigers), 20 Tom Willis (Wasps), 21 Rory Brand (London Irish), 22 Marcus Smith (Harlequins), 23 Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)

Scotland Under-20s
15 Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr), 14 Logan Trotter (Stirling County), 13 Cameron Hutchison (Currie Chieftains), 12 Stafford McDowall (Ayr)(c), 11 Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Hawks), 10 Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks), 9 Charlie Chapman (Gloucester); 1 Ross Dunbar (Boroughmuir), 2 Finlay Scott (Jed-Forest), 3 Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies), 4 Ewan Johnson (Racing Metro 92), 5 Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians), 6 Martin Hughes (Heriot’s), 7 Rory Darge (Melrose), 8 Devante Onojaife (Northampton Saints)
Replacements: 16 Robbie Smith (Ayr), 17 Sam Grahamslaw (Leicester Tigers), 18 Murphy Walker (Strathallan School), 19 Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s), 20 Guy Graham (Newcastle Falcons), 21 Charlie Gowling (Stade Francais), 22 Callum McLelland (Edinburgh Rugby), 23 Fraser Strachan (Northampton Saints)

Wales Under-20s
15 Cai Evans (Ospreys), 14 Rio Dyer (Dragons), 13 Corey Baldwin (Scarlets), 12 Ioan Nicholas (Scarlets), 11 Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets), 10 Ben Jones (Cardiff Blues), 9 Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues); 1 Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues), 2 Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues), 3 Rhys Henry (Ospreys), 4 Rhys Davies (Bath Rugby), 5 Max Williams (Dragons), 6 Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers)(c), 7 Dan Davis (Scarlets), 8 Taine Basham (Dragons)
Replacements: 16 Dewi Lake (Ospreys), 17 Rhys Davies (Scarlets), 18 Will Davies-King (Cardiff Blues), 19 Lewis Ellis-Jones (Scarlets), 20 Lennon Greggains (Dragons), 21 Harri Morgan (Ospreys), 22 Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues), 23 Joe Goodchild (Dragons)