Sam Olver steps up to the England U20 squad ©www.atsportphoto.com
Four players from Franklin's Gardens have been selected in the 2013/14 England Under-20 Elite Player Squad.
Two of the four, centre Tom Stephenson and prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, were part of the squad which brought home the IRB Junior World Championships title in June, while fly half Sam Olver and wing Howard Packman have made the step up from the England Under-18 squad which toured South Africa earlier in the summer.
The 32-man group will be hoping to win a fourth Under 20 Six Nations title in a row in the New Year before heading to New Zealand to defend their world crown next June.
“We’re excited to work with the players in our squad. We have a good blend of guys with experience and new talent coming in from the Under 18s set-up," said head coach Nick Walshe.
“There is always 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 to a group of 32 and we expect players to continue to push for inclusion.
“Competition for places will be high, but that’s just what you want. We had a successful season last season and the aim is to perform even better.”
ENGLAND UNDER-20 ELITE PLAYER SQUAD 2013/14
James Chisholm (Harlequins), Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Ellis (Bath), Charlie Ewels (Bath), Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie), Jonny Hill (Gloucester), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Gus Jones (London Wasps), Lewis Ludlow (Gloucester), Alex Lundberg (London Wasps), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Cameron Neild (Sale Sharks), Will Owen (Leicester Tigers), Harry Rudkin (Leicester Tigers), Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers), Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
Callum Braley (Bristol), Billy Burns (Gloucester), Jordan Burns (Harlequins), George Catchpole (Leicester Tigers), Nathan Earle (Saracens), Louis Grimoldby (Harlequins), Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons), Sam Olver (Northampton Saints), Howard Packman (Northampton Saints), Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers), Harry Sloan (Harlequins), Tom Stephenson (Northampton Saints), Nick Tompkins (Saracens), Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs), Anthony Watson (Bath)