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Posted Friday, June 11th 2021

Trio named in England U20 squad for Six Nations

Academy trio, Jack Bates, Deago Bailey and Alex Groves have been named in Alan Dickens’ 32-man England men’s U20 squad for the 2021 Six Nations Championship, to take place in Cardiff later this month.

The U20s Six Nations is taking place later than usual this year, with England beginning their campaign against France on June 19th (5pm KO) – and speaking about the selection, Head Coach Dickens said: “In a challenging season the lads have been excellent and I’ve been pleased we managed to get some game time along the way.

“Obviously only 32 are fortunate to make the squad – and there have been some players missing out due to injury – but it has certainly been a wider squad effort going all the way back to November last year when we played our first north v south match at St. George’s Park.

“We’ve had a couple of camps in the last six weeks which helped bring the group together. The preparation has been good and the commitment from the players has been fantastic.

“I’m really excited, but ultimately it’s about the players. We have a few coming back for a second year at U20s, but the rest weren’t fortunate to play at U18 level last year due to Covid.

“I’m really looking forward to them being able to put on an England shirt and represent their country which is something that a lot of them haven’t done for a long time.”

Players and management convene in camp at Bisham Abbey on June 13th for a few days training prior to their arrival in Wales later that week for the Championship which will all take place at Cardiff Arms Park.
 
England men’s U20 squad for the 2021 Six Nations

Forwards (18)
Harvey Beaton (Saracens), Phil Brantingham (Newcastle Falcons), Lucas Brooke (London Irish), Arthur Clark (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby), Luke Green (London Irish), Alex Groves (Bristol Bears), Tarek Haffar (London Irish), Lewis Holsey (Worcester Warriors), Ethan Hunt (Gloucester Rugby), Emeka Ilione (Leicester Tigers), Nahum Merigan (Bath Rugby), Ewan Richards (Bath Rugby), Sam Riley (Harlequins), Ollie Stonham (Saracens), Harry Taylor (Gloucester Rugby), Freddie Thomas (Gloucester Rugby), Archie Vanes (Leicester Tigers).
 
Backs (14)
Charlie Atkinson (Wasps), Seb Atkinson (Worcester Warriors), Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears), Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby), Jack Bates (Bristol Bears), Louis Hillman-Cooper (Gloucester Rugby), Dan Lancaster (Leeds Tykes), Tom Litchfield (Northampton Saints), Tommy Mathews (Northampton Saints), Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks), Arthur Relton (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks), Fin Smith (Worcester Warriors), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers).


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