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Keeping an eye on the next generation

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Having played host to current England stars Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Clifford and Maro Itoje in this fixture over the years, the England Under 20s visit to the Gardens is sure to showcase some of the best young talent in the game at the moment.

And with the Under 20s Six Nations fixture against Scotland U20s at Franklin’s Gardens getting ever closer, the stars of England’s future have been preparing for international duty in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in recent weeks.

Twin brothers, Ben and Tom Curry, of Sale Sharks, have been retained in the 32-man squad for the Six Nations tournament this year. The Curry brothers, who are the first set of twins to ever represent an England team, featured in last weekend’s Anglo-Welsh Cup game where Sharks notched up a huge 41-3 win as they faced Cardiff Blues at the AJ Bell. Both members of the back row, the brothers have made ten appearances for Sale since joining their Academy last summer, both playing in all three competitions in which Sharks have featured this season.

Also featuring at Anglo-Welsh level this past weekend were Ben Earl, Dominic Morris and Max Malins of Saracens, as the current English and European Champions took an impressive 32-17 win over Scarlets. Malins, making his bow for Saracens in that game, kicked five points as part of the starting line-up, while Ben Earl and Dominic Morris also made their senior debuts in Saracens shirts off the bench.

Worcester Warriors youngster, Jamie Shillcock, is also included in the England Under 20s squad for the upcoming Six Nations tournament. The fly half has made 15 senior appearances in a Worcester shirt so far and has seen his fair share of pressure in that time, featuring in the second-leg of the Championship play-off two season ago and lining up with the last play of the game to take a penalty which would have earned the Warriors the win against Saints earlier this season.

Though yet to feature in a Saints senior shirt, scrum-half Alex Mitchell has been playing his rugby at Ampthill RFC of late in National League One where he is gaining invaluable game time ahead of the upcoming tournament.

With just over a month left to go until the Under 20s arrive at Franklin’s Gardens, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to see the next generation of England stars in action. CLICK HERE to book your spot.