Perkins selected for England duty
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 January 2016
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Former Coopers Coborn student in squad for Under-20 Six Nations
George Perkins will hope he can guide England under-20s to a successful defence of their Six Nations title after being named in the squad for this year’s tournament.
The former Coopers Coborn pupil helped the Young Roses win the 2015 edition before playing a key role as they reached the final of the Under-20 World Championship in the summer.
Perkins, who plays as a winger, will soon link up with his national team mates as they look to push their claims for a starting berth in England’s opener away to Scotland on February 5.
Every member of the squad is likely to be spurred on by the success of recent graduates from the junior team after Paul Hill, Jack Clifford, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Ollie Devoto and Sam Hill were all named in new senior coach Eddie Jones’ first squad.
Jon Callard will take interim charge of the under-20 side through this year’s Six Nations and is confident about their chances of success.
“The mission for this group is to make other people shine. It is about players being individually the best they can be, making the others the best they want to be,” said Callard.
“This comes from having a strong work ethic and a team focus. We want to put the right processes in place to play exciting international rugby and to develop these aspiring international players for the future senior team.
“The final preparations ahead of a championship are always the most challenging with the competition now just weeks away.
“Facing a fired up Scotland team in Glasgow on the first weekend will be a good test for these players — the first game is always exciting and will give us a good understanding of where we are at as a squad.”