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Exeter Chiefs academy winger Arthur Relton has been named to Alan Dickens’ U20 men’s squad for the 2021 Six Nations Championship, which takes place in Cardiff later this month.
The U20 Six Nations take place later than usual this year, with England starting their campaign against France on June 19.e (5 p.m. KO).
Speaking about the selection, head coach Dickens said: “During a tough season the guys have been excellent and I’m happy we managed to get some playing time along the way.
“Obviously only 32 players have the chance to make the squad – and some players have been sidelined due to injury – but it has certainly been a bigger team effort dating back to November of the year. last when we played our first north-south game at Saint-Georges Park.
“We have had a few camps over the past six weeks which has helped bring the group together. The preparation has been good and the commitment of the players has been fantastic.
“I’m really excited, but at the end of the day it’s about the players. We have a few coming back for a second year in the U20s, but the rest didn’t have the chance to play at the U18 level last year because of Covid.
“I’m really looking forward to them being able to put on an English shirt and represent their country, which a lot of them haven’t done for a long time.”
Players and management gather at a camp at Bisham Abbey on June 13 for a few days of practice before arriving in Wales later in the week for the Championship which will all take place at Cardiff Arms Park.
England U20 team for the Six Nations 2021
Harvey Beaton (Saracens), Phil Brantingham (Newcastle Falcons), Lucas Brooke (London Irish), Arthur Clark (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby), Luke Green (London Irish), Alex Groves (Bristol Bears), Tarek Haffar (London Irish), Lewis Holsey (Worcester Warriors), Ethan Hunt (Gloucester Rugby), Emeka Ilione (Leicester Tigers), Nahum Merigan (Bath Rugby), Ewan Richards (Bath Rugby), Sam Riley (Harlequins), Ollie Stonham (Saracens )), Harry Taylor (Gloucester Rugby), Freddie Thomas (Gloucester Rugby), Archie Vanes (Leicester Tigers).
Charlie Atkinson (Wasps), Seb Atkinson (Worcester Warriors), Deago Bailey (Bristol Bears), Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby), Jack Bates (Bristol Bears), Louis Hillman-Cooper (Gloucester Rugby), Dan Lancaster (Leeds Tykes), Tom Litchfield (Northampton Saints), Tommy Mathews (Northampton Saints), Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks), Arthur Relton (Chiefs of Exeter), Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks), Fin Smith (Worcester Warriors), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers).