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Four Wasps heading to the Junior World Cup

Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury, Sam Jones and Christian Wade, are all named in the 26-player group that will compete in the Junior World Cup in Italy in June.

All four players featured in the final Wasps game of the season against Exeter with the quartet (pictured) showing enough quality to suggest that they will play big roles in the first team squad next season.

Joe Launchbury, has been one of the standout youngsters at Wasps this season, and was recently awarded the Young Player and Academy Player of the Season awards at the club.

“It should be an awesome few weeks. We have got a really strong side. I think we are all looking to do really well. Our academy has done really well this year with five or six of us in contention throughout the 6 Nations and it is great for the club to have a healthy number in this squad.”

Elliot Daly was one of the shining lights in the Grand Slam winning side earlier this year, scoring seven tries over the course of the competition. The 18 year old said: "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.”

Sam Jones has also been included along with Christian Wade who have both played a role in a large number of first team games this year.

England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter said: “We’re very happy with the 26 selected,” he said. “It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, we had a lot of competition, but a lot of the lads played well throughout the 6 Nations and deserve their seat on the plane to Italy.”

England face Ireland in their JWC opener, just three months after their last meeting, a game that England convincingly won 46-16 to secure their 6 Nations Grand Slam, but Hunter says they will be a different proposition in Italy.

“The JWC is a very different competition to the 6 Nations,” he said. “There are a lot of games in a relatively short amount of time. The first one against Ireland, when everyone is fresh, will be very tough. No matter who rocks up in an Ireland shirt, they will always play with incredible pride, and incredible passion.”

England U20 2011 Junior World Championship squad


Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby)
Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers)
Will Collier (Harlequins)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby)
Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
Mikey Haywood (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Sam Twomey (Harlequins)
Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
Sam Jones (London Wasps)
Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers)
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons)


Chris Cook (Bath Rugby)
Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)
Guy Armitage (London Irish)
Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
Jonathan Joseph (London irish)
Andy Short (Worcester Warriors)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)
Ben Ransom (Saracens)