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International calls for Tigers youngsters

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George Ford and Tom Price have been selected in the England Under-20s squad for this season's major tournaments.

Leicester Tigers players Ford and lock Price are named in the 32-man group taking part in the U20 6 Nations, kicking off on February 3 against Scotland in Firhill, and in this summer's IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.

Stephen Macauley is in the Ireland Under-20s training squad, Scott Steele is training with Scotland and Jonathan Gardiner with the Wales group.

England Under-20s head coach Rob Hunter said: “It’s important for us to take each Six Nations game one at a time, we start off by playing Scotland in Scotland and that will be a hard fixture, however we’ve got a good squad who are proud to represent England and I’m confident we can go there and perform.”

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster added: “The England Under 20 squad is once again a strong one and the amount of competition for places in each position reflects well on the work the regional academies at the clubs are doing.

“A lot of the players in this squad have come through our age group international programme and that goes to show how well the development pathway is working with players progressing through from the 18s into the Under 20s and then hopefully pushing for places in the Senior and Saxons Elite Player Squads."

The Under 20 squad has a four-day training camp at Surrey Sports Park on January 16 before reassembling on January 30 for the build-up to their opening game of the 6 Nations against Scotland.

England Under 20 Elite Player Squad 2011/2012

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)*
Nick Auterac (Saracens)
Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Nathan Morris (London Wasps)
Scott Spurling (Saracens)
Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby)*
Sam Twomey (Harlequins)*
George Merrick (Harlequins)
Tom Price (Leicester Tigers)
Dom Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)
Ben Nutley (Northampton Saints)
Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie)
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)*
Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)
Will Skuse (Bath Rugby)
Jack Clifford (Harlequins)

Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)*
Alex Day (Northampton Saints)
Ben Spencer (Saracens)
Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)*
Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)*
Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
Elliot Daly (London Wasps)*
Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints)*
Mark Jennings (Sale Sharks)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)*
Charlie Walker (Harlequins)
Will Addison (Sale Sharks)
Ben Ransom (Saracens)*
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
* Capped by England at U20 level last season