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Five Exeter players named in England U20 World Cup squad

The competition takes place in Argentina next month

England U20s head coach Steve Bates has named his 28-player squad for the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina next month. 

The group includes nine players who have appeared in the tournament before - including Exeter's Marcus Street. 

Street was part of the England squad who reached the 2017 final in Georgia, losing to New Zealand, while the others played in last year's final against France.

Exeter Chiefs players included in the squad are: Alfie Petch, Richard Capstick, Rus Tuima, Marcus Street and Sam Maunder

Head Coach Bates, speaking to the England Rugby website, 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."

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