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Development pathways in a good place, says Glynn

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Ged Glynn says the Tigers academy and development programmes are in a good place after a successful season at club and international age levels.

Leicester Tigers were crowned Premiership Rugby Under-18s champions after going through the league season undefeated before beating Gloucester Rugby in the Grand Final. Scroll down to watch the highlights.

Tom Hardwick, Joe Heyes, Sam Lewis, Jordan Olowofela and Ben White were part of the England squad that finished runners-up in the World Rugby U20s Championship, former back-rower Sam Grahamslaw gained invaluable front-row experience with Scotland and Tommy Reffell captained Wales with distinction.

Glynn said: “Each one of those players involved in the U20s Championship played at Loughborough in the development project last season. Getting regular game time in National One has certainly aided their development.

“Jamie Taylor in the junior academy is doing an exceptional job trawling our hinterland to get the best possible players into the system in that 16 to 18 year group.

“David Wilks and Anthony Allen are doing a very good job in that academy group. They were quite clearly the strongest academy group in the competition last season – they were pretty good!

“In my view, that junior academy group is producing good players into the system and that system is working well.

“There is a very healthy relationship with our Good To Great schools, and our academy and development coaches are going into schools on a regular basis to help support the already strong work that is being done in those schools.

“There are always things that could be done better but we are not in a bad place at all.”