Plymouth Albion's Henry Slade set to face Italy in Under-20 Six Nations
RUGBY: Plymouth's Henry Slade will be hoping to continue his good form for England Under-20s against Italy tonight at Northampton's Franklin's Gardens.
Slade has started all of England's group games so far and has kicked 35 points.
In fact, Slade and fellow Plymouth Albion dual-registered player Luke Cowan-Dickie have accounted for nearly 60 per cent of England's points in their Six Nations campaign.
Both will line-up against Italy tonight, but there is no place for fellow dual-registered Albion player Jack Arnott, who picked up an injury in their last match.
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Instead, Cornishman Jack Nowell, who played for Albion last season, will start for England on the wing.
Slade, a former Plymouth College pupil, made nine starts for Albion this season before linking up with the England squad and he believes he has benefited from playing regular rugby at Brickfields.
"My rugby has developed massively really," he said. "It's the pressure that comes with trying to win league points.
"There was never any fear factor before, so it's helped my maturity."
Slade, who is contracted with Exeter Chiefs, is in his second year as a dual-registered player with Albion.
"I think you need to bleed yourself into men's rugby," said Slade, whose first season at Albion was hit by injury.
"The Championship's been a great stepping stone."
IVYBRIDGE Community College scrum-half Stuart Townsend will start for England Under-18s in their game against Wales at Swansea on Sunday.
FORMER Plymouth Albion Ladies scrum-half Georgina Gulliver has been named as England vice-captain for their match against Italy at Esher tomorrow.