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Cambridge-based duo Fraser Dingwall and Alex Coles named in England squad for 2019 World Rugby Under-20 Championship

Fraser Dingwall and Alex Coles (9867520)
Fraser Dingwall and Alex Coles (9867520)

Fraser Dingwall and Alex Coles have been named in the England squad for the 2019 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Argentina.

The Cambridge-based duo, who both play their club rugby for Northampton Saints, have been selected in a 28-man squad for the event from June 4 to 22.

Dingwall, who is a product of Cambridge Rugby Club, is one of nine returning players who helped England reach the last year’s final, when they were beaten by France.

For former The Perse School pupil Coles it will be a maiden event in his first year in full-time rugby, having made a breakthrough at the Saints.

England are in Pool B and face Ireland on June 4, Italy on June 8 and Australia on June 12. The knockout stages are on June 17, with the finals day on June 22.

England under-20s head coach Steve Bates said: “Choosing 28 players from the 45 we have capped this season has been incredibly tough so it’s a pretty good achievement for these players to be selected for the tournament and they should be incredibly proud of their inclusion.

“The U20 Championship gives them a chance to pit themselves against the best players in the world at their own age group in an international competition before heading into senior rugby, so is an important stage in their development.

“For a lot of these players it will be a unique experience to go to Argentina and play in a tournament of this stature and I know they will be relishing the challenge. They are very lucky to be representing England and will be looking to do their country proud and continue our successful history in the competition.

“We were slightly disappointed with our consistency during the Six Nations and we know we have a lot of work to do, but we have a very good and experienced group of players and if we can keep them fit then we feel we are going to be very competitive in Argentina.”

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