U20s JWC Squads and Discussion - Georgia

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Post by propdavid_london on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 2:48 pm

Just seen the England U20s squad announcement -
Not too many names that I recognise - how many of those picked by EJ for senior tour would have been involved in this competition?

England U20s Squad for Georgia:

Forwards
Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens)
Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby)
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons)
Josh Caulfield (Exeter Chiefs)
Justin Clegg (Worcester Warriors)
Max Davies (Newcastle Falcons)
Ollie Dawe (Bristol Rugby)
Ben Earl (Saracens)
Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)
Joe Mullis (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nay (Saracens)
Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs)
Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby)

Backs
Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins)
Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish)
Will Butler (Worcester Warriors)
Ali Crossdale (Saracens)
Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)
Max Malins (Saracens)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)
Dominic Morris (Saracens)
Tom Parton (London Irish)
Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby)
Jacob Umaga (Wasps)
Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie)

England U20 World Championship Pool A fixtures, all live on ITV:
England v Samoa: Wednesday 31st May – Avchala Stadium (kick-off 10:00 BST)
England v Wales: Sunday 4th June - Avchala Stadium (kick-off 17:00 BST)
England v Australia: Thursday 8th June - Avchala Stadium (kick-off 17:00 BST)
Semi-finals and knock-out matches (Monday 13th June) Details TBC
Final and knock-out matches (Saturday 18th June) Details TBC

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Post by Scottrf on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 2:50 pm

Yeah a few I would rather have gone here, would think playing is a better experience than just being involved in a camp.

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Post by propdavid_london on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 3:30 pm

Zach Mercer, Will Evans are the only forwards I recognise.
Few more in the backs - A-Robinson, TBC, Ibitoye, Malins, Randall and Umaga all played in the U20s 6N.
I am sure there were a few more.

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Post by Recwatcher16 on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 3:33 pm

Looks a pretty strong squad. Even with the Curry brothers off to Argentina, the back row of Evans Earl and Mercer is one to savour. Randall and Malins at halfback with some big skilful centres should prove a handful.

Samoa, Wales & Australia in the pool should provide a stern test but the production line keeps turning out youngsters to remain very competitive.

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Post by robbo277 on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 3:41 pm

Isiekwe, Ben and Tom Curry, Maunder and Cokanisiga would have all been eligible. I hope we don't have a bad tournament because these guys have been withdrawn.

I'd much rather the senior squad's coaching team worked closer with the Under-20s team to make the integration into seniors smoother, but leaves the guys able to play in this tournament.

Although Isiekwe, the Currys and Cokasinga will all be young enough to play the competition next year, and Maunder doesn't have an U20 cap because of injury, so him missing doesn't disrupt the squad.

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Post by Margin_Walker on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 3:56 pm

Cokanasiga will be too old for it next year.

Still a pretty strong squad despite the withdrawals, although it's obviously made things a little more challenging. Good to have Evans back involved at least and Crossdale (who is pretty handy) back from the injury that kept him out of the 6N

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Post by robbo277 on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 3:59 pm

Margin_Walker wrote:Cokanasiga will be too old for it next year.

Still a pretty strong squad despite the withdrawals, although it's obviously made things a little more challenging. Good to have Evans back involved at least and Crossdale (who is pretty handy) back from the injury that kept him out of the 6N

I thought the cut-off was 1 September, in which case Cokanasiga will still be 19? Could be wrong though.

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Post by Margin_Walker on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 4:05 pm

Believe it switches to calendar year for U20s meaning some players only have one year of U20s eligibility after school. Johnny Williams with a November birthday was the same last time (playing U18s 2015, U20s 2016 and out of eligibility 2017).

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Re: U20s JWC Squads and Discussion - Georgia

Post by DaveM on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 4:44 pm

The backs are looking extremely strong. It will be interesting to see how much the forwards have been weakened.

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Re: U20s JWC Squads and Discussion - Georgia

Post by Margin_Walker on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 4:50 pm

Earl, Mercer and Evans is still a cracking back row at this level. Depth certainly more of an issue though after the call ups.

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Post by DaveM on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 4:56 pm

The competition for 10, 12 and 15 shirts will be intense.

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