Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi on the charge against South Africa © Getty Images
Academy News Hobbs delighted to be back-to-back World Champion
Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi says that he was amazed and relieved when the final whistle blew in Auckland and England became Junior World Champions for a second successive year.
The Northampton-born-and-bred loose head prop has been one of the virtual ever-presents in the England Under-20 team throughout the past two years, coming off the bench against Wales in the 2013 final and starting this year’s Eden Park showcase against South Africa.
A try scorer in the semi-final win over Ireland, Hobbs-Awoyemi impressed with his performances in both the tight and loose throughout the tournament, and he told the RFU podcast that he felt he coped well with being one of the squad’s more senior players.
“I felt more confident coming in this year,” Hobbs-Awoyemi said. “I knew how it worked and I could help the boys out. Once we gelled together all the boys who had experience before and been through the whole thing could help the new lads. It was just really good for all of us.
“I was blowing quite hard on the pitch but winning two out of two is not exactly bad. I’m proud of all the boys and how they performed. We did what we needed to do.
“It is amazing to win. It’s also amazing for all the coaches who have put in the hard work, all the physios and all the management, the media staff. They have all put in the hard work for all of us to make it as easy as it can be. The preparation from them is immense and really helped us get that win in the end.
“You don’t believe it at the time. You feel a lot of relief as well after all the hard work we have put in and all the time we have spent together. We have been here for over a month in New Zealand and it’s quite tough but we all battled through and got the win in the end. Obviously, that’s what we came here to do.”
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