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Lundberg and James loving the Junior Six Nations

We catch up with Sam James (Scotland U20s) and Alex Lundberg (England U20s) after they recently returned to the Wasps Academy from the first part of their U20s Six Nations campaigns.

The two Wasps boys came face to face in their last outing, the second game of the Junior Six Nations. However, after a 48-15 scoreline in England’s favour, it was Lundberg who emerged the happier.

“It was great to finally get to play some games after all the training camps so that we could put all the things we had been practising out onto the pitch.”

“The France game was definitely a slow start but still there were some great positives to take. Although we couldn’t put together a win it was still a great experience, especially to play in front of 10,000 French people who were booing you!

“We had a much better performance against Scotland although we left some tries out there but especially our set piece really came on. Playing against Sam was interesting and I made sure I came straight on and cleared him out of a ruck! But in all honesty you don’t think about the individuals at all, just your team processes. Tommy Spinks who used to be at Wasps is the Scotland captain so it was also good to catch up with him.”

“I think I scrummaged pretty well and it was great to get a bit more game time against Scotland. Overall I really enjoyed it and was pretty pleased with my involvement but the pace was very quick so I had to get used to that step up. Everyone involved with the academy has been really supportive so it’s great to be able to come back to the set up here and get stuck back in with training.”

Despite last weekend’s loss to England Sam James said that his experience with Scotland U20s has been a great one for him to be a part of.

“I have been away for more or less a month and it was a great experience. Collectively as a team there were some good positives to take but the final result wasn’t what we wanted.”

“The set piece improved massively from the opening game against Ireland but we weren’t clinical enough with the ball. Personally speaking I think I played quite well and like I said the set piece and the scrummaging improved no end and the lineout also went well. I also got a good number of good carries throughout too which is pleasing.”

“It is great to be able to represent your country at this level and I am pleased at how I am performing at the moment. It is also great to be able to bring a good level of confidence back into academy training and also to bring back some of things I have learnt into a completely different environment.”