Under-20 coach Mapletoft wants to keep momentum despite changes.
Head coach Mark Mapletoft has laid down the gauntlet to his new-look England Under-20 side to pick up where they left off against Wales when they travel to Italy on Friday night.
England overturned a halftime deficit to thrash Wales 30-17 with a devastating attacking second-half performance in Kingsholm last Friday night – but has not stopped Mapletoft making six changes to his starting XV.
Winger Jonny May, who scored a try against the Welsh after coming off the bench, will line up on the wing while there’s a brand new centre combination in London Irish’s Jonathan Joesph and Saracens’ Tom Casson.
There’s also a new lock pairing in Danny Wright and Charlie Matthews while Jackson Wray replaces Alex Gray who is serving a two-week suspension for his red card for stamping against Wales.
Mapletoft has also had to content with six players returning to their clubs for a weekend of Premiership side as he prepares to face an Italy side still licking their wounds from a 39-0 thrashing against Italy.
Yet despite that result and the new faces in XV, Mapletoft says his team cannot rest on their laurels heading out to Italy.
He said: “We've had a tough time against Italy recently and I'm sure they'll be smarting from their defeat in Ireland.”
“It's challenging for us but we've had a lot of guys involved in our camps so far and they'll be up to speed with what we're trying to do and the way we want to play.”
ENGLAND UNDER 20
15 Tom Catterick (Newcastle Falcons)
14 Will Hurrell (Leicester Tigers)
13 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
12 Tom Casson (Saracens)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Sam Harrison (Leicester Tigers)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins)
2 Jamie George (Saracens)
3 Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
4 Danny Wright (Gloucester Rugby)
5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
6 Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons)
7 Jacob Rowan (Leeds Carnegie, captain)
8 Jackson Wray (Saracens)
16 Arthur Ellis (London Wasps)
17 Lee Imiolek (Sale Sharks)
18 Peter Elder (London Wasps)
19 George Kruis (Saracens)
20 Sam Stuart (Sedbergh & Harlequins)
21 Jake Sharp (Saracens)
22 Sam Edgerley (Wellington College & London Irish)