- Pettet and Wigglesworth looking to impress against Georgia Select XV
- Both players keen to add to international appearances
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Josh Pettet (Hull RFC, NLD) and Jim Wigglesworth (Sevenoaks RFC, Kent) will play a leading role for the England Counties U20s this evening when they take on a Georgia Select U20s.
Both players have previous international experience, Wigglesworth represented the Counties U20s and senior Counties XV last season and Pettet was capped by England U18 Clubs and Schools two years ago.
Their latest assignment in an England shirt is something of an unknown, however, as the touring squad take on one of rugby’s fastest developing nations.
Hull full back, Wigglesworth said: “Ever since I pulled on an England jersey for the first time against Scotland U20s last year, all I’ve wanted is to do it again.”
“I know what to expect in terms of the professionalism and standards that we must maintain. I’m comfortable with that, and know how to manage the excitement and nerves but for a lot of the guys it is their first tour.
“I’m one of the senior members of the squad, and am happy to share what I’ve learnt over the course of the past 12 months. The senior Counties tour to Africa last June was absolutely brilliant, I developed so much in such a short space of time as a player and a person. The guys in this squad should definitely be aspiring to be part of the Counties XV.”
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Pettet, a first-year student at Northumbria University, was part of the Kent team that reached the semi-finals of this year’s U20 County Championship, and spent last year playing club rugby in New Zealand.
He will captain the Counties U20s in their opening game this evening and is looking forward to leading an already close-knit group.
“Whilst we don’t know as much about the Georgians as we would about a French or Irish side, we do know that they will be incredibly physical and we have to be ready for that,” said Pettet.
“It is great to see how quickly the squad has gelled in such a short space of time and wearing the rose certainly brings out the best in players. I’ve been fortunate enough to represent my country in the past and am keen to do as many times as possible but that will only happen if we do a good job this week.
“We are absolutely focused on doing the job on the pitch but a great part of touring is experiencing new cultures and we’re also looking forward to sharing our knowledge and thoughts with the Georgia U20s team and the rugby community,” added the Kent lock.