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TomBuckQuin

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Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« on: Wednesday 30-Jan-2019, 10:06* »
...against Ireland. Very strong looking U20 matchday 23!

https://www.quins.london/news/smith-and-murley-to-start-for-england-u20s/

SMITH AND MURLEY TO START FOR ENGLAND U20S
Wednesday, 30th January 2019 @ 10:00

YOUNG HARLEQUINS STARS TO SHINE IN CORK ON FRIDAY NIGHT


Marcus Smith and Cadan Murley have been selected in Steve Bates' England U20 side for the Six Nations opener against Ireland at the Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday 1 February (KO 19.15 GMT).

Fly-half Smith, who is enjoying another excellent season at Harlequins making 19 appearances and scoring 155 points, enjoyed an excellent World U20 Championship last summer and he is joined in the backs by Murley who has enjoyed a fine start to first team rugby under Head of Rugby Paul Gustard this season.

Murley has made nine appearances for the Club this season, scored two tries and impressed Stoop supporters with his hard running and tough defence.

Bates's England side will be captained by Fraser Dingwall at outside centre and the team also includes full senior international Ted Hill at openside flanker, who is named as vice-captain.

As well as Smith, Dingwall and Hill, lock Joel Kpoku, flanker Aaron Hinkley, No 8 Tom Willis and centre Tom Hardwick were part of the side that lost to France in the final of the U20 tournament in Beziers last summer.

Prop Marcus Street will be appearing in his third U20 Six Nations Championship, while England’s replacements also include four players capped at this age group.

In the starting XV, prop Olly Adkins, hooker Nic Dolly, lock Alex Coles, scrum half Sam Maunder and wing Ollie Sleightholme will all make their U20s debut with Ben Atkins, Bevan Rodd, Rusiate Tuima and Ollie Fox set to do likewise as replacements.

Steve Bates said: “The message to the squad this week has been that this is a great opportunity for them to show how good they are at the start of another Six Nations campaign and they should play with confidence.

“This is a very exciting, talented group of players and they should not forget to play like it, we have to go out there on Friday and really express ourselves on the pitch but we know we have to respect the opposition who will be positive about their chances in this competition as well.

“This is a team full of experience, who are hugely talented and it is a shame we can only pick 15 as we’ve left out some very good players.

“The replacements will all be expected to make an impact on Friday, while the wider squad who will not be in Ireland, will also be required at various points in the competition and we need everyone to stay involved as they will play further down the line.”


England U20s starting XV
15. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons)
14. Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints)
13. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
12. Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers)
11. Cadan Murley (Harlequins)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
9. Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs)

1. Olly Adkins (Gloucester)
2. Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks)
3. Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs)
4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints)
6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester)
8. Tom Willis (Wasps)

Replacements
16. Ben Atkins (London Irish)
17. Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks)
18. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
19. James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
20. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)
21. Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie)
22. Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks)
23. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors)

England U20 Six Nations fixtures
Ireland v England
Friday 1 February, KO 19.15 GMT
Irish Independent Park, Cork

England v France
Saturday 9 February, KO 12.05 GMT – live on Sky Sports
Sandy Park, Exeter. For tickets, please visit: englandrugby.com/tickets

Wales v England
Friday, 22 February, KO 19.05 GMT – live on S4C
ZipWorld Stadium, Colwyn Bay. For tickets, please visit: wru.wales/tickets

England v Italy
Friday, 8 March, KO 19.45 – live on Sky Sports
Goldington Road, Bedford. For tickets, please visit: englandrugby.com/tickets

England v Scotland
Friday, 15 March, KO 19.45 – live on Sky Sports
Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton. For tickets, please visit: englandrugby.com/tickets

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deadlyfrom5yardsout

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 30-Jan-2019, 10:28* »
We can get 2 backs in but no forwards...

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 30-Jan-2019, 10:34* »
We can get 2 backs in but no forwards...

These things go in cycles, because academies focus on the pipeline they expect to need to replace or supplement senior players. In the past we've had the likes of Marler, Sinckler, Buchanan, Matthews, Merrick, Dino, Baby Chis and Clifford in the U20s - but presumably we had fewer slots for forwards immediately after them, and our next generation of forwards are a couple of years behind.

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 30-Jan-2019, 10:46* »
I expect next season, Kenningan, Musk, Hammond and Tizzard will be in contention. Possibly Sassone.  I agree with the above.  It comes in cycles

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 30-Jan-2019, 13:22* »
Not on TV which is a shame

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 30-Jan-2019, 13:34* »
Not on TV which is a shame

It's live on RTE2 so there will almost certainly be streams for it.

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 31-Jan-2019, 07:33* »
So who will be Fly Half for Worcs and Bris games? Lang-unless he is called up for Scotland-who else in our squad can play in this position?

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 31-Jan-2019, 07:40* »
Prem clubs can keep hold of their players if needed.  I would expect quite a few of this squad to be missing as the tournament goes on.

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 31-Jan-2019, 09:12* »
So who will be Fly Half for Worcs and Bris games? Lang-unless he is called up for Scotland-who else in our squad can play in this position?

Lang & Catrakilis. Lang isn't in the Scotland Squad so he should be available to us.

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Re: Smith and Murley start for England U20s this Friday
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 31-Jan-2019, 12:28* »
I know that some don't think Smith is premiership standard but I'll be very disappointed if he's not recalled to us for those games.

honkytonk

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Smith is easily Prem standard, all day long.  Has bits to learn of course, bit easy prem standard

TomBuckQuin

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Yup, he's our first choice fly-half on current form! Our game doesn't fire quite the same when Lang comes on but recently he's started to play with more confidence too. Feels like those two are only going to push each other from strength to strength...

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Looks like you can watch it here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ORSHmVcH30

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I know that some don't think Smith is premiership standard but I'll be very disappointed if he's not recalled to us for those games.

I guess it depends to some of extent of whether Gustard thinks the u20 experience will benefit him in the long run more than playing for us. I'd hope he's recalled too, but if Gustard trusts Lang and the Cat enough then he might let Smith play the whole tournament

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I hope Gustard is thinking short term. I know these next two games are against teams close to the bottom but they're both good sides and the two games seem to me to be vital to win in terms of maintaining some momentum and being able to hopefully open up a gap bewteen us and a few other teams.
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