Exeter Chiefs quartet called up by Hunter for Under-20 title decider
Exeter Chiefs quartet Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Hill, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade are all in England's starting line-up for their RBS Under-20 Six Nations Championship decider against Wales tonight.
Hill, Nowell and Slade all scored in last Friday's 52-7 win over Italy at Northampton, while Cowan-Dickie's impressive display won him the man-of-the-match accolade.
All four will be looking to play their part for head coach Rob Hunter's side as they look to defend their Six Nations crown against the Welsh at Colwyn Bay's Parc Eirias.
Wales are unbeaten in this season's Under-20 Six Nations campaign, while England have lost once but have the greater points difference, meaning tonight's clash in north Wales is a 'winner-takes-all' affair.
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England have brought wing Anthony Watson, prop Kyle Sinckler and hooker Nathan Morris into their starting XV. Hunter, who will join the Chiefs on a full-time basis following the completion of the tournament, is looking forward to this evening's match.
Hunter said: "It will be a tough game, and a big game in front of a sold-out crowd. Wales have performed very well in this competition and they've been quite consistent with their selection – we'll approach this one as we would any other, we want a good performance from the guys."
Hunter, who heads to Sandy Park having to date won 19 of his 24 matches in charge, said that he cannot afford to think about this one being his last just yet, adding: "It hasn't really crossed my mind, to be honest, the focus is on Friday night."
Bath full-back Ollie Devoto, who is dual-registered with Cornish Pirates, is also in England's starting line-up.
England changed their team last night when centre Mark Jennings failed a late fitness test. Tom Stephenson will come in to take his place.
England Under-20 v Wales: Devoto (Bath), Watson (London Irish), Stephenson (Northampton), Hill (Exeter), Nowell (Exeter), Slade (Exeter), Braley (Bristol), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Morris (Wasps), Sinckler (Harlequins), Stooke (Gloucester), Barrow (Leeds), Wells (Leicester), Sisi (London Irish), Clifford (Harlequins, capt). Replacements: Crumpton (Saracens), Purdie (Leicester), Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton), Herriott (Northampton), Jubb (Saracens), Jones (Wasps), Day (Northampton), Howard (Worcester).