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PODCAST – Hill backs Saracens young guns in Junior World Championship

22 April 2010

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England Under 20s and Saracens hooker Jamie George in action against Samoa in last year's IRB Junior World Championships

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Richard Hill believes that his talented young trio can help England U20s make it third time lucky at this summer’s IRB Junior World Championship.

Saracens hooker Jamie George, a member of last year’s team that lost to New Zealand in the final, and back rowers George Kruis and Jackson Wray were this week named in the 26-man squad for the tournament in Argentina this June and Hill, himself a World Cup winner, is full of praise for the youngsters he mentors.

"England have reached the last two Junior World Cup finals and now they want to go one step further," he told the RFU podcast.

"They’ve had some encouraging results this season. The Ireland game didn’t go in their favour [in the absence of their Guinness Premiership players England lost 25-10] but I think that will act as a motivator; in some of the teams I’ve been in we’ve had some severe setbacks in the road to reach that one big goal.

"They’ve each been playing exceptionally well for our Storm team [in the A league] and you’ve got to give full credit to all three for looking at their own games, working exceptionally hard and coming back as very strong and complete players."

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Also on this week’s podcast:

  • England U20s Junior World Cup squad – Saracens hooker Jamie George on the heartache of losing to the Baby Blacks in last year’s final and why he’s itching to put that right
  • Guinness Premiership – Simon Shaw prepares for yet another visit to Rugby HQ as London Wasps take on Bath Rugby in the inaugural St George’s day match at Twickenham this Saturday
  • British & Irish Cup – Cornish Pirates’ backs coach Harvey Biljoen on why he’s got his eye on this particular piece of silverware and captain Gavin Cattle on the importance of the competition to the Cornishmen
  • British & Irish Cup – Doncaster Knights’ assistant coach Brett Davey knows his team are in for a big Cornish welcome, with so much at stake for both sides

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