Four former North Midlands Under-16s players have been included in the England Under-20s squad for this season which includes the Six Nations and the defence of their World Rugby Under-U20 Championship title in Georgia.
Flanker Zac Xiourouppa, back-row forward Ted Hill, prop Joseph Morris And centre Will Butler, who all played for North Midlands Under-16s two seasons ago, have been named in a 32-man squad by England Under-20s coach Martin Haag.
The quartet, who are all attached to Worcester Warriors, will begin their involvement with England Under-20s in a training session at Loughborough University later this month.
“This is the start of the development phase with a real focus on getting to know the players and giving them the opportunity to develop and adapt their skills,” Haag said.
“We have seen a large number of these players grow through the pathway and for us it’s about challenging and inspiring these guys to be the best they can individually and as a team.”