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Blackadder reflects on Zach Mercer’s first England Cap

6 November 2018

Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder praised the young England star and feels that we have only seen a snippet of what is to come from him.

“He is a success story, he’s worked incredibly hard in all areas of his game and he has earnt this opportunity, Zach has developed hugely as a player over the last couple of years and he’s got a huge career ahead of him.”

“He has developed his physicality and now boasts an incredible all round skill set that will develop him into a world class player.”

Mercer made his first International appearance at the weekend, coming off the bench against South Africa in the 12-11 victory at Twickenham, to pick up his first England cap. 

Mercer made his Bath Rugby debut in 2016 against Newcastle, and has been a regular in the first team ever since. Mercer has previously pulled on the England shirt at U20’s level, captaining the side to the Six Nations Grand Slam and guiding his country to the final of the World Rugby U20’s Championship in the summer of 2017. 

Mercer also featured for the senior England side in May, where he was included as England faced the Barbarians at Twickenham. Mercer has been named in this week’s training squad alongside Bath Rugby teammates Charlie Ewels, Elliott Stooke, Sam Underhill and Joe Cokanasiga, as the side prepare to face New Zealand at Twickenham this weekend. 

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