England Under 20
The England Under 20 squad contains the senior England players of the future and they compete in the U20 Six Nations and the IRB Junior World Championship each season. Under the stewardship of Head Coach Nick Walshe and assistant Ian Peel, many members of the squad boast Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup experience and will be looking to continue England's excellent recent record at this level after winning the U20 Six Nations in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and winning the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship final against Wales in France, having reached the 2008, 2009 and 2011 finals, losing out to New Zealand each time.
As memorable matches go, Charlie Ewels’ original favourite was England’s 31-10 win over Wales U16 at Fylde in April 2011. He said: “Despite being dominated for the first five minutes and conceding a try, we came through extremely well as a team.” He also played in the England U18 preparatory games against Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers in 2011-12 before appearing against France at Fylde in late February that season.
A product of Skinners’ School in Tunbridge Wells, Harry Sloan has become a member of the Harlequins senior squad for 2014-15, having previously been in the club’s academy. He made his senior debut in November 2012 against Northampton Saints in the LV= Cup when he not only played for the full 80 minutes but was also a try-scorer.
Memories of facing the Haka are still vivid in the mind of Joel Conlon, who played for Ivybridge Community College in the final of the Sanix World Youth tournament in Japan against Hamilton Boys High School from New Zealand. He said: “Even though we lost the match, it was part of a great experience in front of a big crowd.”
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