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VIDEO – South African scores to settle for Walker

21 May 2012

  • England Under 20 man Chris Walker talks to
  • Confident in the players we have – Walker

England Under 20 flanker Chris Walker has unfinished business in South Africa after suffering defeat against the Springboks’ Under 18 side two years ago – ending the Under 18's 19 match unbeaten run.

The Leeds Carnegie man also sang the praises of Exeter’s Woodbury Park after spending a week long training camp there with the squad ahead of June's IRB Junior World Championship.

The squad fly out to South Africa next Tuesday and Walker says that he’s happy to be back with a few familiar faces after captaining the squad to Six Nations success in March.

England U20 flanker Chris Walker

Photo: Getty Images

 “It’s been nice to see the boys again – we’re a close group and there’s been a bit of banter’s flying about already, the facilities are great and it's nice to get back into a routine.

"We’re missing a few players but we’ve sat down and have said that it’s about the guys that are here and we’re confident in the players that we have.

“We’ve picked the squad to go out there and we’re concentrating on that first game against Italy and the whole squad will be ready to go.”

On his previous trip South Africa, Walker remembers leaving with the bitter taste of defeat after England Under 18 were beaten 23-17 in a match where England had three tries disallowed:

“A few members of this squad went out there in 2010 and we felt like we should have won, so that South Africa game [England’s third Pool match on June 12] will be a huge test for all of us. But we’re not thinking about that just yet, we’ve got two big games first and we’re focusing our efforts on that.”

IRB Junior World Championship schedule

All games live on Sky Sports HD

Game 1
England v Italy
Monday June 4, 15:45 (GMT)
University of Western Cape Stadium, Cape Town

Game 2
England v Ireland
Friday June 8, 17:45 (GMT)
Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch

Game 3
South Africa v England
Tuesday June 12, 17:45 (GMT)
Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch

Sunday June 17

Friday June 22