Tom Collins - back in the England U20 squad © Getty Images
Academy News Collins excited by England U20 call-up
Tom Collins is excited by his recall to the England Under-20 Elite Player Squad ahead of the upcoming Six Nations.
The 19-year-old back played in the Six Nations winning campaign last year but missed out on the Junior World Championships.
But after impressing in his outings at full back and on the wing in the Heineken Cup, Aviva Premiership and LV= Cup over the past few weeks Collins is back in the fold, and looking forward to the prospect of joining up with the rest of the squad.
“It’s been something that I’ve been aiming to try and push myself back into, and playing for my country is something I’ve wanted to achieve this season,” he commented. “It’s great to be back involved in that environment and I’m looking forward to it.
“Having a lot of people from the Saints in the squad says a lot about the club. There are a lot of young guys coming through and it’s good to see that happen here.”
In all the Saints are providing five players to the Under-20 Elite Player Squad – more than any other Aviva Premiership club – with Junior World Champions Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi and Tom Stephenson being joined by Collins, fly half Sam Olver and wing Howard Packman.
England Under-20 are also returning to Franklin’s Gardens during the upcoming Six Nations. Last season over 8,000 supporters cheered England on as they beat Italy. But with Ireland coming to town on Saturday, February 22nd the challenge will step up a few notches, and the reigning Six Nations title-holders and Junior World Champions will need all the backing they can get!
Tickets are on general sale now for either £12 or £15 for adults and £7 or £10 for juniors. To book online 24/7 just CLICK HERE and follow the straightforward instructions!
And you can hear the full interview with Tom Collins in the official Saints podcast, which will be available for free on SoundCloud
on Friday afternoon.
ENGLAND U20 ELITE PLAYER SQUAD
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)
Will Owen (Leicester Tigers)
Harry Rudkin (Leicester Tigers)
Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
Tom Woolstencroft (Bath)
Callum Braley (Bristol)
Billy Burns (Gloucester)
Tom Collins (Northampton Saints)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)
Louis Grimoldby (Harlequins)
Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons)
Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)
Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
Tom Stephenson (Northampton Saints)
Max Stelling (Worcester Warriors)
Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs)