- England U20 squad includes three RFU Championship players
- Former Premiership clubs all represented in Hunter's squad
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The England Under 20 Elite Player squad was today announced, and includes three RFU Championship players in Dominic Barrow, Scott Wilson and Callum Braley.
The three former Premierships clubs – Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol - each claim RFU Championship representatives in the 32-man group who will be hoping to defend their U20 Six Nations title next year, before competing in the IRB Junior Work Championship in June.
Nineteen year old Dominic Barrow made his first XV debut for Leeds in 2010-11, having graduated -up through the Academy and now showing 15 appearances for the Yorkshire men. The lock has captained both U16 and U18 representative teams, as well claiming honours for Yorkshire U15 and U16.
Joining Barrow is Scott Wilson of new RFU Championship side Newcastle Falcons. The tight-head prop’s first professional contract was signed in December 2011, following an impressive display in the Falcons’ Academy. The eighteen-year-old will feature in tonight’s Aviva A League North fixture against Sale Sharks.
Finally, Bristol’s summer signing Callum Braley joins his fellow RFU Championship players in the England U20 squad. The scrum-half joined the West Country outfit from Hartpury, having helped England U18s to the FIRA/AER European title in Madrid in 2012 and was part of the successful team which beat Henley to claim the AASE trophy at Twickenham in April.
Loan players also included in Hunter's U20 squad
A number of loan players are also included in the Under 20 Elite Player squad selected by Head Coach Rob Hunter, including Jack Nowell and Sam Hill who currently plies their trade for Cornish Pirates, and Henry Slade who featured for Plymouth Albion in their win over Doncaster on Saturday.
Head Coach Rob Hunter commented following the announcement today:
“There are a number of players who have shown up well for their clubs in pre-season. There is always huge competition at this age grade and a lot of players getting first team rugby at their clubs, it’s tough to narrow that down and we expect players to continue to push for inclusion. It’s an exciting, skilful and powerful group. Competition for places will be high, but that’s just what you want.”
Since the formation of the England U20 side in 2007 – replacing the England U21 team – they have an impressive four-year record. In the 50 matches played the squad have won 39 and lost eleven, a win percentage of 78 per cent. The U20s have won three Six Nations Grand Slams, (2008, 2011 and 2012) and have been runners up in the Junior World Championship on three occasions.