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Martin 'honoured' to captain his country

George Martin is a Tiger on the rise.

A two-time U18 League title winning lock with two seasons spent as part of the England U18s squad, the second rower is making waves in the game and one to watch for the future.

With feathers already filling his cap, Martin just added another after leading the national U18s side through the 2019 Six Natons Festival - which the 17 year old admits he wasn't sure at first was actually real when told he would have the 'C' next to his name.

"I was really overwhelmed when they first told me and had to double check they really wanted me to do it," Martin said when asked of his reaction to being told he was to captain his country.

"But, it was just an absolute honour and just awesome."

Martin had the privilege of sharing the experience with club mates James Whitcombe and Jack Van Poortvliet, which the Nottingham born lock says made the time even more enjoyable.

"It was lovely to do it with them and makes the experience even better, to do it alongside good mates," said Martin.

Looking back on the Festival, Martin admitted last year's "disappointing" results were motivation to right the wrongs this season.

"We wanted to win all three games after a disappointing campaign last season so it was good to get some results," he said.

Looking ahead, after graduating from the Tigers academy after a decorated two years in the junior ranks of Leicester, Martin is focused solely on soaking up all he can from the experienced second rowers in the club including the likes of Will Spencer, fellow academy graduate Harry Wells and the returning Calum Green.

"The goal is to reach the first team one day, but for now it's just about continuing to work my way up the ladder and improving," Martin said.

"Going in to pre-season, I am just looking forward to learning from the senior lads and getting some tips and tricks from them."

Read the wrap up from the final round of fixtures in this season's U18s Six Nations Festival HERE.