England men’s U20 head coach, Alan Dickens, has named his 32-man squad to travel to Italy for the Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series, and we take a look at which Gallagher Premiership clubs are producing the most young talent.
The good news for last season’s bottom of the table side Bath is the club have the most players in this summer’s England U20 squad, once again reiterating the strength of the club’s academy and that there is a fresh wave of young talent coming through at Farleigh House to join the likes of Orlando Bailey, Max Ojomoh and Tom de Glanville who are all still in the early stages of their rugby careers and have trained with the senior England side.
Dickens has called up Bath’s breakthrough player of the year in lock/flanker Ewan Richards, backrower Ethan Staddon, scrum-half Tom Carr-Smith, fly-half Sam Harris and hooker John Stewart.
London Irish and Saints are the next best-represented teams with four players in the squad while Bristol Bears have two men involved in lock Charlie Rice and loosehead prop Andrew Turner.
Perhaps surprisingly considering the abundance of players who come through the club’s respective academies, both Gloucester Rugby and Exeter Chiefs are the only Premiership clubs to not have players in the England U20s squad this summer.
Here is the club breakdown:
- Bath Rugby 5
- London Irish 4
- Northampton Saints 4
- Saracens 3
- Leicester Tigers 3
- Wasps 3
- Newcastle Falcons 3
- Worcester Warriors 3
- Bristol Bears 2
- Harlequins 1
- Sale Sharks 1
The Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series, takes place in Treviso and Verona between 24 June and 12 July, and includes the Six Nations unions plus Georgia and South Africa and is hosted by the Federazione Italiana de Rugby.
The Under-20 Summer Series will provide a regional alternative to the postponed World Rugby U20 Championship that will return in 2023.
Leicester backrower Emeka Ilione, who has been capped six times at U20 level, will captain the side again having taken on role for the final two games of the Six Nations Championship against Ireland and France.
England men’s U20 head coach, Alan Dickens aid: “We’ve had a productive time in camp in Newcastle over the past week, and two successful training games against Scotland that have provided great match play opportunities as we prepare for the summer series.
“We’ve got a great mix of players in the squad. Some with experience of playing at U20 level already and a number of players who are new to the squad. I’m really pleased with the way they are all supporting and learning from one another.”
“We have challenging opposition in our pool games against South Africa, France and Ireland. We’ve prepared well and the squad looks forward to the challenges an international series such as this provides.”
England U20 Squad
Charlie Bracken, Saracens, Caps 0
Lucas Brooke, London Irish, Caps 4
Tom Carr-Smith, Bath Rugby, Caps 3
Lewis Chessum, Leicester Tigers, Caps 3
Chandler Cunningham-South, London Irish, Caps 3
Greg Fisilau, Wasps, Caps 2
Ollie Fletcher, Newcastle, Caps 1
Ethan Grayson, Northampton Saints, Caps 5
Alex Harmes, London Irish, Caps 0
Sam Harris, Bath Rugby, Caps 0
George Hendy, Northampton Saints, Caps 3
Emeka Ilion, Leicester Tigers, Caps 6
Louie Johnson, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 5
Toby Knight, Saracens, Caps 5
Tom Litchfield, Northampton Saints, Caps 5
Tom Lockett, Northampton Saints, Caps 4
Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, Wasps, Caps 1
Archie McArthur, Wasps, Caps 2
Tumy Onasanya, Sale Sharks, Caps 0
Conor Oresanya, Harlequins, Caps 0
Charlie Rice, Bristol Bears, Caps 3
Ewan Richards, Bath Rugby, Caps 7
Ethan Staddon, Bath Rugby, Caps 0
Finn Theobald-Thomas, Worcester, Caps 2
Andrew Turner, Bristol Bears, Caps 0
Fin Smith, Worcester Warriors, Caps 5
Iwan Stephens, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 1
John Stewart, Bath Rugby, Caps 5
Mikey Summerfield, London Irish, Caps 5
Jed Walsh, Leicester Tigers, Caps 0
Jevaughn Warren, Saracens, Caps 0
Tobi Wilson, Worcester Warriors, Caps 0
When are the games?
England’s Pool A games
Round 1 – England v South Africa, Friday 24 June, KO 4pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona
Round 2 – France v England, Wednesday 29 June, KO 4pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona
Round 3 – Ireland v England, Tuesday 5 July, KO 7pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona
Tuesday 12 July, KO TBC, Stadio Monigo, Treviso
Every game of the Under 20 Summer Series will be streamed via the Six Nations Rugby U20 YouTube channel.