Saracens Academy Manager Don Barrell has praised the contribution of the seven Saracens Academy players who were involved in England U20s Junior World Championship 21-20 triumph over South Africa U20s at Eden Park earlier this morning (20/6).
Saracens lock forward Maro Itoje captained Nick Walshe’s England side, and was joined by fellow Sarries Nathan Earle, Aaron Morris, Henry Taylor and Nick Tompkins in the starting XV – Hayden Thompson-Stringer and tighthead prop Biyi Alo were also named on the bench.
On their success Academy Manager Don Barrell said; “It’s a credit to all of the hard work the boys have put in throughout the year. They’ve earned their selection through all the work they have done away from the Junior World Championships, and the stuff they have done over the last twelve months”.
Saracens’ Nathan Earle opened the scoring for England, after Academy teammate Nick Tompkins scythed his way through the Baby Bok defence. Saracens latest Senior Academy recruits Henry Taylor and Aaron Morris both produced assured performances at scrum-half and full-back respectively, as lock forward, and captain Maro Itoje led from the front in a typical rumbustious display from the 19-year-old.
“Ultimately the really pleasing thing was all of the guys involved took their opportunity and added a real value to the squad,” said Barrell.
“I think those guys who are coming through are really working. The guys in the Senior Academy are a great example to the guys in the Junior Academy. It”s a great example of where hard work and dedication can get you if you are prepared to commit”.