By RFU Press Release
May 1 2012
ENGLAND Under 20 coaches Rob Hunter and Nick Walshe have named their 28-man squad ahead of the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa, which kicks off against Italy on June 4.
The squad contains players with a huge amount of Aviva Premiership, A-League and RFU Championship experience, and Head Coach Hunter is pleased with the players at his disposal as they look to better last season’s second place finish.
“Competition for places has been high and some good players have missed out, however we’re very pleased with the 28 selected,” he said. “The games come thick and fast in this tournament, we’ve got a tough group and we’re excited by that challenge.”
After Italy, Six Nations winners England face Ireland before coming up against hosts South Africa in Stellenbosch, one year after defeating the southern hemisphere nation 26-20.
Hunter added: “We have two huge games before we come up against South Africa, but that match stands out for the experience of playing them in front of their home support. For now though all our attention is on that first game against Italy, each year they improve and we’ll need to be fully focused."
England Under 20 IRB Junior World Championship squad
* Played in 2011 IRB Junior World Championship
IRB Junior World Championship schedule
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