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Five Tigers cubs in for England Under-20s

Five Leicester Tigers players have been included in the first England U20s training squad of the season.

Development squad wing Joe Browning, lock George Martin, full-back Freddie Steward, scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet and front-rower James Whitcombe have all been called up to the 45-player squad, named by new England U20s head coach Alan Dickens.

The squad will convene at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire for a three-day camp later this week (November 28 to 30) as they begin preparations for the 2020 U20s Six Nations Championship.

All five players were part of the Tigers Academy’s unprecedented back-to-back league titles over the past two seasons, and stepped up to the club’s full-time development squad over the summer.

Steward had a first taste of senior rugby away to Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership last season, and started alongside Martin and Van Poortvliet in the opening Premiership Rugby Cup fixture this term at Worcester.

Browning – who has also turned out for Loughborough Students in recent months – was part of the club’s Premiership Rugby 7s squad in September, and Whitcombe has been developing his game on loan at Leicester Lions, while all five have been training alongside the senior squad at Oval Park.

England U20s kick-off their Six Nations campaign away to France on Saturday, February 1 before a trip to Edinburgh to face Scotland, with home games against reigning champions Ireland (at Franklin’s Gardens) and Wales (at Kingsholm).

They round out the tournament with a trip to Italy on Sunday, March 15. A 32-man elite player squad will be named in January ahead of the start of the tournament.


England U20s Squad for November Training Camp

Lennox Anyanwu – Harlequins

Alfie Barbeary – Wasps

George Barton – Gloucester

Harvey Beaton – Saracens

Joe Browning – Leicester Tigers

Richard Capstick – Exeter Chiefs

Joseph Carpenter – Sale Sharks

Jack Clement – Gloucester

Phil Cokanasiga – London Irish

Tom Curtis – Sale Sharks

Theodor Dan – Saracens

Connor Doherty – Sale Sharks

Ben Donnell – London Irish

Callum Ford – Sale Sharks

Thomas Freeman – Northampton Saints

Josh Gillespie – Northampton Saints

Josh Gray – Gloucester

Luke Green – London Irish

Gabriel Hamer-Webb – Bath

George Hammond – Harlequins

Will Haydon-Wood – Newcastle Falcons

Josh Hodge – Newcastle Falcons

Emmanuel Iyogun – Northampton Saints

Barrie Karea – Exeter Chiefs

George Martin – Leicester Tigers

Sam Maunder – Exeter Chiefs

Nahum Merigan – Bath

Chunya Munga – London Irish

Zachery Nearchou – Wasps

Oliver Newman – Northampton Saints

Max Ojomoh – Bath

Raphael Quirke – Sale Sharks

Sam Riley – Harlequins

Tom Roebuck – Sale Sharks

Fin Rossiter – London Irish

Oliver Sleightholme – Northampton Saints

Freddie Steward – Leicester Tigers

Oliver Stonham – Saracens

Hugh Tizard – Harlequins

Jarett Tonks – Northampton Saints

Rusitate Tuima – Exeter Chiefs

Jack van Poortvliet – Leicester Tigers

Manu Vunipola – Saracens

Charlie Watson – Saracens

James Whitcombe – Leicester Tigers


England U20s Six Nations Fixtures

France v England
Saturday, February 1 (8.00pm GMT), Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Scotland v England
Friday, February 7 (7.30pm GMT), Myreside, Edinburgh

England v Ireland
Friday, February 21 (7.45pm GMT), Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

England v Wales
Friday, March 6 (7.45pm GMT), Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester

Italy v England
Sunday, March 15 (5.30pm GMT), Payanini Rugby Center, Verona