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Braley Called Up For England U20s

Published on 03rd September 2012 by Tom Tainton

Academy scrum-half named in 32-man squad


Bristol Academy scrum half Callum Braley has been called up to the England U20 Elite Player Squad for the 2012/13 campaign.

The former Hartpury College pupil is one of five members of Rob Hunter’s squad to represent England U18 last season.

The 32-man group will look to defend the Under 20 Six Nations title in the New Year before heading to France for the IRB Junior World Championship next June.

Hunter said: “We’re excited to work with the players in our squad. We have some guys back who played for us last season and five who played at Under 18 level last campaign.

“There are also a number of players who have shown up well for their clubs in pre-season. There is always huge competition at this age grade and a lot of players getting first team rugby at their clubs, it’s tough to narrow that down and we expect players to continue to push for inclusion.

“It’s an exciting, skilful and powerful group. Competition for places will be high, but that’s just what you want.”

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster added: “The England Under 20 squad is once again a strong one and the amount of competition for places in each position reflects well on the work the regional academies at the clubs are doing.

“A lot of the players in this squad have come through our age group international programme and that goes to show how well the development pathway is working with players progressing through from the 18s into the Under 20s and then hopefully pushing for places in the Senior and Saxons Elite Player Squads."

Everybody at Bristol Rugby Club would like to congratulate Callum for this fantastic achievement.