The England U20s secured their first Grand Slam since 2008 with a comprehensive win in Ireland last weekend.
The team featured London Wasps youngsters, Elliot Daly and Joe Launchbury (who was named MOTM), who both started, and Sam Jones who came off of the bench in the 62nd minute. Christian Wade was also involved earlier in the campaign.
Elliot Daly has been one of the standout performers for England U20s in this year’s Six Nations, scoring seven tries in the competition.
It is easy to forget that the youngster is still studying at Whitgift school. “It was a good win in Ireland and I was happy for the boys to get the win out there. Coming back to school has been a shock – I had an exam today – but I’ll keep plugging away.
“Everybody’s been asking about it (playing for England U20s) and there have been newspaper articles all around the school. It’s been nice to have people who I don’t usually speak to coming up and asking me how it went.
He says that juggling school work and rugby means being prepared.
“You just have to get your school work done as quickly as possible. It’s not been too hard this year because the England Under 20s have given me Easter off, so I can get prepare for my exams.”
Daly adds that he had full belief in the young but talented England squad.
“I knew we could perform as a team and we progressed through every game. We were put on the back foot by Ireland but we stuck to our game and got the job done."
He was joined in the England ranks by a host of other young stars and says that he says that he hopes the experience will help him get more game time in Wasps colours in the months and seasons ahead with his immediate aim being to be named in the Junior World Cup squad this year.
“A few of the lads like George Ford, Ryan Mills and me have all got another year left at this level so it’s a promising time going forward. I’m looking forward to getting some Premiership games next season and seeing what happens.
“Everyone in the Under 20s squad is getting a shot at the Premiership and LV= Cup and then coming into the England squad with confidence which really helps. For now I’m just concentrating on my school work and Wasps, and then hopefully I could be involved with the World Cup in June.”
*Interview taken from the RFU Podcast