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Two Tigers included in England Under-20s squad

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Leicester Tigers hooker Harry Thacker will start in the front row for England Under-20s against Ireland at Franklin's Gardens in Northampton on Saturday.

Thacker, who celebrated his 20th birthday this week and made his Aviva Premiership debut as a temporary replacement in the win at Worcester Warriors a fortnight ago, returns to the national squad for a game to be shown live by Sky Sports (kick-off 6.15pm).

Club colleague Henry Purdy is among the England replacements.

England make six changes from the side that beat Scotland, with wing Howard Packman coming in for his first start, first starts of the season Harry Sloan and Scott Wilson, and calls for Thacker, Alex Lundberg and Joel Conlon.

Coach Nick Walshe said: “It’s great to have this depth within our squad. The guys have trained well and we’ll be looking to go out there and play as well as we can in front of a good home crowd.”

England Under-20s
15 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
14 Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
10 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby, captain)
1 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
2 Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
3 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)

16 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie)
17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
18 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)
19 Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby)
20 Gus Jones (London Wasps)
21 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)
22 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)