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VIDEO – Pool games are where you earn the shirt says Sisi

08 May 2012

  • England Under 20 forward David Sisi on South Africa
  • We're all out there to make the shirt our own Sisi

England Under 20 back row David Sisi has complemented his back row rivals ahead of this summer's IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa, but won't hold back when it comes to claiming a starting berth.

The London Irish forward has enjoyed a remarkable couple of years. Not long out of St Paul's Catholic College, the 19-year-old found himself coming face-to-face with Wales skipper Sam Warburton in the Heineken Cup last January, and his rise has culminated into a call up into Rob Hunter's Under 20 squad.

"There was a hell of a lot of competition just to get into the squad," he said. "But the guys that are in there are all top class. I've played with Jack Clifford since Under 18s where we had a successful tour in Australia, and I know all of the other guys pretty well.

David Sisi in action for London Irish

Photo: Getty Images

"We're all going out there to make the shirt our own, we've got a warm up camp in Exeter before we leave so there's plenty of opportunities to impress and it will be the guys that head out there with the best form who will play. We've got a tough Pool [Italy, Ireland and South Africa] but those are the games where you earn the shirt for the rest of the tournament."

England fell agonisingly short of a maiden JWC win in last summer's event, losing out to New Zealand 33-22 in the final, and Sisi added that the pain of that loss is still etched on those who played.

"I know that the more experienced guys, the ones who played last season, are still hurting. Every time it's brought up you can see that it hurts and I'm sure they want to put a few things straight. For us guys coming in we've got to add energy and enthusiasm, and I know that these guys are up for one hell of a challlenge."