- Captain Jack Walker tribute to ‘Grandad’ Squires
- Hooker’s pride in England wins
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England Under 16 captain Jack Walker has paid tribute to George Squires, the retiring chairman of England Under 16 Group.
Squires, who captained England at this age group and was also the Under 16 team manager, is retiring after three years as chairman.
One of his last acts was to present the England Under 16 team with their shirts before their 39-34 win over Wales at Wellington College on Wednesday.
"The build up to an international is immense and the cap and shirt presentation ceremonies bring it home to you what an honour it is to play for your country," said hooker Walker (Settle College, North Ribblesdale and Yorkshire).
"George Squires did the presentation before the Wales match and that was a very special moment because he is retiring. George is such a lovely man. He helped us through everything and he’s the granddad of the group really."
England’s win over Wales followed another hard-fought victory over Italy in Parma last weekend and marked a successful start to international rugby for Walker.
"It’s an unbelievable honour to be appointed captain of your country," Walker said. "It’s difficult to put into words what it means, but it was an awesome experience.
"The team has come a long way in a very short time but our coaching staff of Phil Stanlake, Mark Hanslip and Steve Shortland, bring you on quickly.
"I’ve had a fantastic group of players around me. We came together like a family and the tremendous spirit we have generated showed in the performance against Wales."