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JVP crowned Player of the Championship

Leicester Tigers scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet has been crowned Six Nations Under-20s Player of the Championship after leading England to a clean-sweep in the 2021 tournament. 

Van Poortvliet, who captained England from scrum-half in all five wins, is the first ever winner of the award.

The vote was conducted by the head coaches and captains from each participating nation.

Speaking about the award, Van Poortvliet said: “I’m very honoured ... I’m delighted to have received this award, but I can’t take any credit away from the team. I wouldn’t have been able to do anything I’ve done without everyone else around me.

“They’ve put the ball on a plate for me and I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to play with a pack like mine and a backline like mine.

“It’s been a great Championship and a couple of big moments stand out. The turnaround against France was huge, and I think the Ireland game really set the tone for our defence.

“I’m just grateful I’ve been able to experience it with such a brilliant group of guys and come out on top."

Van Poortvliet's club coach, Steve Borthwick said he was proud of the Leicester youngster's continued development.

"It is a great recognition for Jack's hard work as he continues develop as a player," said Borthwick.

"All of us at Leicester Tigers are very proud of all three players who represented England during the tournament.

"We look forward to welcoming them back to the club during the pre-season ahead of next season."