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George Patten of Northampton Saints
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Patten named in England Under-20s EPS squad

Senior Academy prop George Patten has been named in Alan Dickens’ England Under-20s Elite Player Squad for 2023 – with the Northampton Saints youngster named in the 32-man squad ahead of the Under-20 Six Nations starting next month. 

The 19-year-old loosehead joins Dickens’ side at Bisham Abbey on Wednesday to begin preparations for the tournament, with trial matches against Oxford University (Saturday 14 January) and Loughborough University (Saturday 21 January) preceeding the side’s opening Six Nations clash against Scotland on Friday 3 February (kick-off: 7pm) at Twickenham Stoop.

Ahead of the upcoming campaign, head coach Dickens said: “We’re looking forward to taking on Oxford University in front of a lively, and hopefully packed-out Iffley Road before we back up against the Loughborough Students the following week.

“These warm-up games are an important part of our preparation for the Under-20 Six Nations tournament and will provide an opportunity to see players perform as a team ahead of the Six Nations.” 

England U20s 2023 EPS Squad

Archie McArthur (Gloucester)
George Patten (Northampton Saints) 
Calum Scott (London Irish) 
Finn Theobald-Thomas (Gloucester) 
Nathan Jibulu (Harlequins) 
Afolabi Fasogbon (London Irish) 
James Halliwell (Bristol Bears) 
Tim Hoyt (Leicester Tigers) 
Harry Browne (Harlequins) 
Lewis Chessum (Leicester Tigers) 
Danny Eite (Gloucester) 
Robert Carmichael (Leicester Tigers) 
Finn Carnduff (Leicester Tigers) 
Joshua Manz (Leicester Tigers) 
Guy Pepper (Newcastle Falcons) 
Josh Dingley (Bath Rugby) 
Chandler Cunningham-South (London Irish) 
Greg Fisilau (Exeter Chiefs) 

Charlie Bracken (Saracens) 
Nye Thomas (Sale Sharks) 
Sam Harris (Bath Rugby) 
Sam Worsley (Bristol Bears) 
Cassius Cleaves (Harlequins) 
Joseph Woodward (Leicester Tigers) 
Rekeiti Ma'asi-White (Sale Sharks) 
Benjamin Waghorn (Harlequins) 
Jacob Cusick (Leicester Tigers) 
Joe Jenkins (Bristol Bears) 
Josh Hathaway (Gloucester) 
Tobias Elliott (Saracens) 
Connor Slevin (Harlequins) 
Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons) 

U20 Six Nations home fixtures  

Friday 3 February – England vs Scotland (kick-off: 7pm) – Twickenham Stoop, London 
Friday 10 February – England vs Italy (kick-off: 7pm) – Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester 
Friday 24 February – Wales vs England (kick-off: 7.15pm) 
Friday 10 March – England vs France (kick-off: 8pm) – The Recreation Ground, Bath 
Sunday 19 March – Ireland vs England (kick-off: 5pm) 

Tickets for the 2023 Under-20 Six Nations home fixtures are on sale and can be purchased via englandrugby.com/tickets.

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