Former Diss junior Will Owen set to start Six Nations decider for England U20s

Will Owen with Pete Tomson who coached him at Diss throughout his 11 years there.

Will Owen with Pete Tomson who coached him at Diss throughout his 11 years there. - Credit: Archant

Former Diss junior player Will Owen starts for England U20s tonight as they complete their Six Nations campaign against France.

The 19-year-old flanker is a member of the Leicester Tigers academy, having represented Norfolk at U14 and U15 level and Eastern Counties at U15 and U16.

Owen starts at open-side for England U20s tonight as they take on France at the Amex Stadium in Brighton, with the hosts knowing victory would see them win the title for the fourth time in five years.

The match is being screened on Sky Sports from 7.55pm.

England have made two changes from the side that beat Scotland 26-11 with Tom Fowlie and Charlie Beckett both coming into the side.

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U20s head coach Jon Callard said: 'It's been a great effort by the players as they've had to cope with different combinations through injuries and club call-ups. To be in this position at the end of the championship is a credit to them.

'Irrespective of the result, it will be disappointing if we can't put a performance together in front of what will be a bumper crowd.

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'We're at the halfway stage of our season with the World Rugby Under-20 Championship coming up in June and we're mindful that the programme is about developing and helping individuals to go on and play for their club sides and ultimately the England senior side.

'Matches like this, in this environment with this intensity, will do them no harm for their futures.'

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