Quins and Wasps host England U20s
January 6, 2012
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The Rugby Football Union has confirmed that the England Under-20 side will play their two Six Nations matches at the Twickenham Stoop and Adams Park.
The England U20 side scooped the Grand Slam in the 2011 tournament and they will face Wales at the Stoop on February 24 before facing Ireland at London Wasps' Adams Park in the final clash of their tournament on March 16. England kick off their defence of the crown against Scotland on February 3, at Firhill, and Italy on February 10 in Rovigo. They then face France - in between their matches against Wales and Ireland - in Vannes on March 9.
And England U20 head coach Rob Hunter - who has a 90% win ratio in charge of the team - is relishing the chance to see his side run out at the two Aviva Premiership grounds. "It's great to be heading over to the Stoop and Adams Park for these matches - we're massively looking forward to it," Hunter said. "We've been really well supported by both clubs over the past few years and it would be great to have as many fans as possible come down and cheer us on."
For Wasps centre Elliot Daly, the announcement means he has the potential chance of running out in the red rose shirt in front of his home crowd when Hunter's men face Ireland - an opportunity he is eagerly looking forward to. "The chance to play the final match of this season's Six Nations on my home ground is a massive incentive," Daly said. "I know full well that I'll have to work extremely hard in order to earn my place in the team as we have a lot of talented young players.
"Ireland gave us a tough game last season and I'm sure that they'll be up for it, but there's a long way to go until that match and at the moment our focus is on the first game against Scotland."
England U20 Six Nations fixtures:
Scotland (Firhill) - Friday, February 3 (7.30pm)
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