England U20 2018 Six Nations fixtures announced

  • England U20s to be led by Steve Bates
  • Three new U20 coaches to be announced

England U20s will start their 2018 Six Nations campaign against Italy at Stadio Enzo Bearzot, Gorizia on Friday 2 February. 

The side, who won the Grand Slam last season, will then play their first home fixture against Wales on Friday, 9 February at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park (live on Sky Sports Action), a stadium they know well having played there in 2016.

England then head to Myreside in Edinburgh on Friday 23 February to take on Scotland before facing France in Stade de la Mediterranee, Beziers on Friday 9 March.

Their Six Nations campaign ends with a double header at the home of Wasps FC, Ricoh Arena, on 16 March (live on Sky Sports Action), with England Women also taking on Ireland at the same venue beforehand.

The England U20 programme will be led by Rugby Football Union performance manager Steve Bates with three coaches to be announced for the season ahead, which includes the World Rugby U20 Championship in May.

“It’s great to return to Newcastle and there will hopefully be a great interest in the young players coming through the pathway for our trip to Kingston Park," said Bates, who was also head coach at Newcastle for eight years.

"We have some exciting players and a track record of producing full internationals so this is a great opportunity for fans to come out and see the future stars of England rugby.

“The Ricoh Arena will be a great environment for the players to put on a show and that will be one of the features of this tournament for us. We need to go out and play with high intensity and get the game moving and are concentrating on those factors.”

The wider squad, which will be announced at the start of 2018, will come together for a training camp at the beginning of January before starting the defence of their Six Nations title in February.

“There is going to be a real focus on some basic principles of the game,” added Bates.

“The players will need to adapt pretty quickly to that and get used to a high intensity, high tempo training programme.”

England U20 Six Nations fixtures:

Italy v England
Friday 2 February, KO 7pm (6pm GMT)
Stadio Enzo Bearzot, Gorizia

England v Wales
Friday 9 February, KO 7.45pm – live on Sky Sports Action
Kingston Park, Newcastle
Tickets available here

Scotland v England
Friday 23 February, KO 7.30pm
Myreside, Edinburgh

France v England
Friday 9 March, KO 9pm (8pm GMT)
Stade de la Mediterranee, Beziers

England v Ireland
Friday 16 March, KO 8pm – live on Sky Sports Action
Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Tickets available here