- Catchpole out to impress on second start
- Leicester Tigers wing wants an third JWC win
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George Catchpole insists England Under 20 will not ease off in their final group match against Argentina tomorrow, despite already having earned a passage through to the Junior World Championship semi-final stage.
Two bonus-point victories for Nick Walshe’s charges over Italy and Australia mean the reigning champions have a last-four berth, not to mention steadfast confidence of retaining their trophy in New Zealand.
However, Catchpole was in no mood to get carried away. Brought into the traveling squad three weeks ago after an ankle injury to Tom Fowlie of London Irish, the 20 year-old Leicester Tiger said England would not be letting up. Indeed, a try against the Azzurri on Monday to mark his first appearance at this level has clearly enhanced Catchpole’s appetite.
“Making my Under 20 debut last week was great, but now I’m really looking forward to the next one,” he explained. “I wasn’t sure I’d get the chance to start two games in the pool stages so I’m really excited.
“We’ve faced two physical sides already but we’re not underestimating the physicality Argentina will bring as well. They’re a proud rugby nation, renowned for their scrummaging and tight play. We’re ready for the challenge.
“There are a lot of boys who haven’t got the amount of game-time they would have liked thus far, so this is a big opportunity.
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“We won’t be holding back because we don’t want to show weakness in any way and we want to put in the best performance we can against Argentina.”
Catchpole will wear the number 14 shirt on Tuesday, with clubmate Henry Purdy on the opposite flank, and he said England’s strength in depth out wide – Newcastle Falcons Zach Kibirige failed to make the competition after breaking a leg – boded well for the future.
“There are some exceptional back three players. Henry has been going well for Leicester and Nottingham all season, Nathan [Earle] is setting the world alight in this tournament and there is Aaron Morris and Howard Packman too.
“We’re all just trying to do as best we can. Selection decisions will be made for the semi-final and final but we’ve just got to try and support each other in that respect and help each other to be at our best.”