Three Wasps attend England Under 20 Six Nations camp
Wasps’ Senior Academy players Will Stuart, Tom West and Jack Willis have been invited to train with the England Under 20s, in camp at Loughborough University this week ahead of the U20s Six Nations.
Back in October, Stuart and West were named in the Under 20 squad for this season, which will see them attempt to defend their Six Nations title and compete in a home World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester.
Both props have represented England at Under 18 level and played together at Radley College, before joining Wasps’ Senior Academy.
West was also in the Under 20s squad last year and has played a number of games on loan at Henley Hawks this season. Stuart appeared for Wasps in the pre-season friendly against Worcester Warriors and has since played some games out on loan at Blackheath.
Former Henley College Student Jack Willis was not named in the initial squad but was invited to join them at the camp, after impressing in recent performances. Willis has been particularly outstanding in the A League for Wasps this season. Notably the back row forward scored a hat-trick of tries for Wasps A against Bristol United at the start of the month.
England Under 20s’ first Six Nations fixture sees them take on Scotland on the 5th February (8:00pm KO).
In a double header the U20s take to the field at Glasgow’s Broadwood Stadium after the England Women. Once again the U20s Championship mirrors that of the seniors, but with games taking place on the Friday night of each weekend, and their home games against Ireland and Wales will be played in Newcastle and Bristol respectively (both live on Sky Sports).
Last year’s Six Nations went down-to-the-wire with the game against France on the final weekend becoming a title decider. England’s 24-11 victory nudged them ahead on points, making it four title wins in five years.
Wasps Academy Manager Matt Davies is delighted to have the boys involved, he said: “Will and Tom have done very well in the full time Academy environment over the past 18 months, and selection in the U20 Six Nations squad is great reward for their hard work. However they appreciate the standard of player involved, and recognise how hard it will be to gain a place in the team, so they have huge targets to be aiming for.
"For Jack, his opportunity to train with the squad is recognition of his return to playing after a frustrating 6 months out with injury. All three are deserving of their opportunities and I am confident they can push hard for further selections throughout the season.”