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VIDEO – England Under 20: who makes up your rugby family?

21 January 2014

  • RFUtv talks about players’ rugby family at England Under 20 camp
  • Billy Burns and Sam Olver talk about influence of family members

The LV= Cup has become synonymous with helping to develop young, up and coming talent and nowhere can that be seen more than in the latest additions to England’s Senior and Saxons squads.

After performing in the LV= Cup and excelling for England Under 20 Jack Nowell, Jonny May, George Ford and Matt Kvesic are all preparing to face France as part of Stuart Lancaster’s RBS 6 Nations squad, while Henry Slade is set to play for England Saxons against the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds on Saturday night.

May and Nowell are previous winner of the Breakthrough Player of the Year award and ahead of Round 3 of the LV= Cup this weekend, RFUtv spoke to the next generation of internationals at England Under 20 camp to find out who played a role in helping them realise their rugby potential.

"My dad inspired me to play rugby growing up" said Northampton Saints fly half Sam Olver, son of former England hooker John. "He brought me into the game."

Also following in the footsteps of a family member, Billy Burns credited his rugby career to his Dad and of course, brother and England international fly half Freddie.

"All my family have been pretty influential. My old man plays at the ripe age of 54. Fred obviously going through to play professional rugby at Gloucester and with England has been a massive influence."