Norfolk duo named in England squad for World U20 Championships

Will Evans in action for Leicester Tigers on his debut, in an Aviva Premiership clash with Glouceste

Will Evans in action for Leicester Tigers on his debut, in an Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester at Welford Road. The former Wymondham junior has been named in the England U20s squad. Picture: Tigers Images - Credit: Tigers Images

Norfolk youngsters Tom West and Will Evans have been named in the England Under-20 squad for the World Rugby U20 Championships, which are being held in Manchester next month.

West, 20, is a prop and played junior rugby for Diss and Evans, 19, is a former Wymondham junior who has recently made his first-team breakthrough at Leicester Tigers.

The championships are being held between June 7 and 25, with England facing Italy, Scotland and Australia in the pool stages.

West plays for the academy of Premiership club Wasps, has six U20 caps and is the younger brother of Diss club captain Giles West and son of club president Duncan West.

Evans has not made his U20s debut yet but the flanker made his Premiership debut against Gloucester last month and has scored a try in each of his subsequent appearances, against Worcester and then in Saturday's 38-27 loss in Bath.


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Former North Walsham junior George Catchpole also started against Bath for Leicester, as did former Wymondham College pupil George Worth, who attended the school alongside Evans.

With England international star Ben Youngs also starting that game but elder brother Tom currently out injured, the Norfolk links at Tigers continue to grow as the club's academy links start to bear fruit.

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England head into the U20 tournament having reached six finals in the last eight years, with head coach Martin Haag saying: 'It will be a proud moment when they pull on the white jersey and run out in front of family and friends in a home World Cup.

'The format of the tournament means you can't expect anyone to play 80 minutes of every single game. We've picked a strong squad and we're really looking forward to seeing all these guys in action.'

England face Italy on June 7 and Scotland on June 11, both at the at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, before playing Australia at Sale Sharks' AJ Bell Stadium on June 15.

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