Tom Stephenson takes on the Pumas in New Zealand © Getty Images
Academy News Hopley delighted for Junior World Champions
Academy coach Mark Hopley says that the five youngsters from Northampton Saints who helped England retain the Junior World Championship title will have learned a lot from their experiences in New Zealand.
Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi received plenty of praise for his performance in the final win over South Africa, with Howard Packman also in the team for the 21-20 win over the Baby Boks.
Sam Olver was on the replacements’ bench in the final, while Tom Stephenson and Jordan Onojaife saw action during the campaign.
“I’m delighted for all five of our lads,” Hopley commented. “The Junior World Championships is a tough competition with some talented teams and to win it two years in succession is a massive achievement.
“We’ve seen all of our players develop massively over the past year and this is reflected in the performances that they have put in over the past couple of weeks. Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi in particular has had an outstanding tournament in both the set piece and in the loose and he has a big future ahead of him, as do all of our players.
“But they know that while they’ll be able to relax and enjoy a summer break they have also set the standard for themselves, which they will have to start beating in pre-season in a few weeks.”
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