Value of National League Rugby littered across latest England Under-20s squad

England U20s star James Halliwell enjoyed an excellent loan spell with National Two West champions Dings Crusaders
©Baz Johnson

England Under-20s have confirmed their 30-man squad to travel to Georgia in June in preparation for the 2024 World Rugby U20 Championship. 

Included in Mark Mapletoft's plans are 18 players who gained valuable minutes in either National One or National Two this season.

James Halliwell (Bristol Bears) was one of those who enjoyed a successful loan spell with National Two West champions Dings Crusaders while three uncapped members of the squad also experienced levels three and four.

George Timmins (Bath Rugby) and Leicester Tigers’ Cameron Miell turned out for Hornets and Loughborough Students respectively while centre Charlie Myall (Leicester Tigers) racked up 16 appearances for Leicester Lions as Gareth Collins' side secured survival in National One.

George Makepeace-Cubitt - who began the 2023/24 season solely connected to Rams - has since signed a contract with Northampton Saints.

England travel to Tbilisi for two uncapped Tests against their hosts on 7th and 12th June at the Avchala Stadium before their Under-20 Championship campaign begins on June 29th against Argentina in South Africa.

England U20 Men’s squad to travel to Georgia (who played in National League Rugby in 2023/24) 

Forwards: Joe Bailey (Exeter Chiefs/Exeter University), Afolabi Fasogbon (Gloucester/Birmingham Moseley), James Halliwell (Bristol Bears/Dings Crusaders), James Isaacs (Saracens/Loughborough Students), Kane James (Exeter Chiefs/ Exeter University), Cameron Miell (Leicester Tigers/Loughborough Students), Asher Opoku-Fordjour (Sale Sharks/Sale FC), George Timmins (Bath Rugby/Hornets), Craig Wright (Northampton Saints/Leicester Lions).

Backs: Ollie Allan (Leicester Tigers/Loughborough Students), Josh Bellamy (Harlequins/Worthing), Toby Cousins (Northampton Saints/Leicester Lions), Sean Kerr (Harlequins/Richmond), George Makepeace-Cubitt (Northampton Saints/Rams RFC),  Charlie Myall (Leicester Tigers/Leicester Lions), Ben Redshaw (Newcastle Falcons/Tynedale), Oli Spencer (Newcastle Falcons/Darlington Mowden Park), Alex Wills (Sale Sharks/Sedgley Park).

Completed England U20s squad: Finn Carnduff (Leicester Tigers), Harvey Cuckson (Bath Rugby), Junior Kpoku (Racing 92), Nathan Michelow (Saracens), Henry Pollock (Northampton Saints), Billy Sela (Bath Rugby), Olamide Sodeke (Saracens), Jack Bracken (Saracens), Angus Hall (Saracens), Ioan Jones (Gloucester), Archie McParland (Northampton Saints), Ben Waghorn (Harlequins).

England U20 Men’s pre-World Rugby U20 Championship fixtures 

25 May - Coventry RFC 54-40 England U20 Men – Butts Park Arena

7 June – Georgia U20 vs. England U20 Men - Avchala Stadium – 15:00 BST

12 June – Georgia U20 vs. England U20 Men - Avchala Stadium – 15:00 BST

England U20 Men’s 2024 World Rugby U20 Championship fixtures

Matchday 1 (29 June) - England vs. Argentina – Athlone Stadium - (13:00 BST kick-off)

Matchday 2 (4 July) - England vs. Fiji – Athlone Stadium - (15:30 BST kick-off)

Matchday 3 (9 July) - South Africa vs. England – Athlone Stadium - (18:00 BST kick-off)

Knockout matches

Matchday 4 (Sunday 14 July)

Matchday 5 (final and ranking matches, Friday 19 July)