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England's Will Addison on life with the Under 20s

19 January 2012

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England Under 20 and Sale Sharks wing Will Addison talks exclusively to about this week’s training camp in Guildford, rooming with Nathan Morris, the forthcoming Six Nations, life at Sale Sharks, living with an injured Henry Thomas and Twitter.  

Sale Sharks wing Will Addison in action

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It’s great to be back with all the lads in Guildford – we’re a tight-knit group and have grown pretty close through all of the camps. Training’s been tough and we’ve been working extremely hard, but with the Six Nations just around the corner you wouldn’t want it any other way.

All our focus is on Scotland at the moment, it’s never an easy place to go and play but I’m sure that the lads will be up for it and we’ll head up there hoping to give a good account of ourselves.

The 20s have a good record in the competition, and we know that they won the Grand Slam last year, but this is a new season with a lot of new players and we’ll thrive on that pressure. One lad who did play for the 20s last year is my housemate up in Sale, Henry Thomas.

Seeing him named in the Saxons squad last week was great news – it proves to all of us that you really can progress through the England ranks, and I know that Henry is pretty chuffed to be in there.

Henry Thomas prepares to srcum down against Wales

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It’s just a shame that he’s injured at the moment – to be honest he looks a bit of a mess, he’s got a nasty cut on his head, he’s had a thumb operation and he’s hurt his knee too! But he’s a strong boy and I’m sure he’ll be back better than ever.

I’m rooming with Nathan Morris in Guildford and it’s funny because he was asked if he wanted to room with someone he knew, or someone he didn’t, he decided to go with someone he didn't, and he got me... we’ve actually known each other since we were about 14 playing in the Cumbrian leagues, so it’s quite nice that we’ve both ended up with the 20s.

From a club point of view, I’ve played 13 times for the Sale first team so far this year and I’m loving every minute of it. I played a fair bit of ‘A League’ last season for the Sale Jets and we came second to Leicester, but that platform has really set me up well.

Sale Sharks wing Will Addison in action

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When a few of the senior players were away at the World Cup, it opened up the door for the younger lads to play, and it’s been great.

It’s good to have a few Sale boys here with England too, we’ve got Mark Jennings, Tommy Bell and Ross Harrison down in Guildford and it’s always nice to see a few familiar faces. But I’m relishing the challenge of being with the best young players in the country, and trying to earn my place in what is a massively competitive backline.

I’ll be able to keep everyone up to date with how the season is going via Twitter. It’s really taken off among the lads and there’s a fair bit of banter flying around. I think it’s a great tool and if you want to give me a follow then you’re more than welcome... @WillAddisonB3. I’ve got a long way to go before I reach the heady heights of Elliot Daly’s 1,200+ followers!

Cheers, Will