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de Glanville named in England U20 Elite Player Squad

4 January 2019

Bath Rugby's Tom de Glanville has been named in the England U20 Elite Player Squad for the 2018/19 season. 

The squad, which will compete in the 2019 Six Nations as well as the World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina, will be led by Steve Bates and Jim Mallinder as well as fellow coaches Mark Hopley (Northampton Saints), James Scaysbrook and Richard Whiffin (Gloucester Rugby).

Hopley, Scaysbrook and Whiffin join for the season as part of the latest coach development programme agreement between England Rugby and Premiership Rugby.

Of the 32 players, 14 have been capped at U20 level previously with 10 playing in last year's final of the World Rugby U20 Championship in France.

Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), who made his England senior debut in the November Quilter Internationals, is also among the 32.

England U20s open their Six Nations campaign against Ireland at the Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday 1st February. The side then take on France on Saturday 9th February at Sandy Park, home of Exeter Chief.

The U20s next head to the ZipWorld Stadium, Colwyn Bay to face Wales on Friday 22nd February, before a second home fixture of the tournament with the side playing against Italy on Friday 8th March at Bedford Blues’ Goldington Road. 

Their final fixture of the Six Nations will be against Scotland on Friday 15 March at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens. The 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship will be held in May/June.

The squad will meet at Bisham Abbey on Sunday 6 January for a week-long training camp, before coming together again on 27 January ahead of their 2019 U20s Six Nations Championship opener.

Steve Bates said: “Selecting the 32-player squad was a very difficult task which reflects the quality of the group. We have several players with Premiership experience and that speaks volumes of how good they are. The expectation for us now is to raise the standard and quality of performance from last season’s group and for the players to continue to develop in this environment.

“One of the big things about U20s rugby is that we want the players to drive the game and environment we create. These are the best players at their age and we want them to perform like it on and off the pitch.

Bath Rugby’s Academy Manager, Andy Rock, added: “The U20 selection is great recognition of Tom’s recent performances for us in the Premiership Rugby Shield competition where he has been excellent as an attacking threat within our back line. He has been great to watch and to work with this past month.”

"It is also recognition of his potential as a developing player and there’s no doubt that opportunities within the England U20 programme can provide experiences that will help Tom further improve his game. It’s another step on Tom’s journey towards becoming successful player here at Bath Rugby in the seasons to come. We’re delighted that he has earned this call-up and we look forward to seeing him pull on an England shirt again in the coming months”.


Forwards

Ollie Adkins (Gloucester), Josh Basham (Durham University), Will Capon (Bristol Bears), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), James Dun (Bristol Bears), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester), Joel Kpoku (Saracens), Samson Ma'asi (Northampton Saints), Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), James Scott (Worcester Warriors), Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Willis (Wasps).

Backs

Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie), Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish), Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors), Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), Cadan Murley (Harlequins), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Gus Warr (Sale Sharks), Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks).

England U20 fixtures:

Ireland v England
Friday 1 February, KO 19:15 GMT
Irish Independent Park, Cork
 
England v France
Saturday 9 February, KO 12:05 GMT
Sandy Park, Exeter.
 
Wales v England
Friday, 22 February, KO 19:05 GMT
ZipWorld Stadium, Colwyn Bay
 
England v Italy
Friday, 8 March, KO 19:45
Goldington Road, Bedford.
 
England v Scotland
Friday, 15 March, KO 19:45
Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

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