Heathcote and Skuse named in revised England U20 squad

12 January 2012

Tom Heathcote and Will Skuse have been selected in Rob Hunter's revised England U20 squad for this seasons U20 Six Nations.

Bath Rugby fly half Tom Heathcote comes into the squad in place Exeter Chiefs No. 10 Henry Slade who is sidelined through injury.

Hunter said: "This year there is huge competition at this age grade and a lot of players getting first team rugby at their clubs, it's tough to narrow that down and we expect players to continue to push for inclusion.

"Tom has been playing very well for Bath, he has trained with us already this season and deserves his call up. Henry is well on the road to recovery and I'm sure he will be back competing for a place soon.

"It's important for us to take each Six Nations game one at a time, we start off by playing Scotland in Scotland and that will be a hard fixture, however we've got a good squad who are proud to represent England and I'm confident we can go there and perform."

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster added: "The England Under 20 squad is once again a strong one and the amount of competition for places in each position reflects well on the work the regional academies at the clubs are doing.

"A lot of the players in this squad have come through our age group international programme and that goes to show how well the development pathway is working with players progressing through from the 18s into the Under 20s and then hopefully pushing for places in the Senior and Saxons Elite Player Squads."

The Under 20 squad has a four-day training camp at Surrey Sports Park on January 16 before reassembling on January 30 for the build-up to their opening game of the 6 Nations against Scotland.

England Under 20 Elite Player Squad 2011/2012

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)*
Nick Auterac (Saracens)
Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Nathan Morris (London Wasps)
Scott Spurling (Saracens)
Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby)*
Sam Twomey (Harlequins)*
George Merrick (Harlequins)
Tom Price (Leicester Tigers)
Dom Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)
Ben Nutley (Northampton Saints)
Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie)
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)*
Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)
Will Skuse (Bath Rugby)
Jack Clifford (Harlequins)

Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)*
Alex Day (Northampton Saints)
Ben Spencer (Saracens)
Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)*
Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)*
Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
Elliot Daly (London Wasps)*
Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints)*
Mark Jennings (Sale Sharks)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)*
Charlie Walker (Harlequins)
Will Addison (Sale Sharks)
Ben Ransom (Saracens)*
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

* Capped by England at U20 level last season

England U20 Six Nations fixtures

  • Scotland (A) (Firhill) Friday, February 3 (7.30pm)
  • Italy (A) (Rovigo) Friday, February 10 (7.00pm)
  • Wales (H) (Twickenham Stoop) Friday, February 24 (7.45pm)
  • France (A) (Vannes) Saturday, March 9 (8.45pm)
  • Ireland (H) (Adams Park) Friday, March 16 (8.05pm)

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