20 June 2022
Lucas Brooke, Chandler Cunningham-South, Alexander Harmes and Mikey Summerfield have all been named in Alan Dickens' England under-20s squad to travel to Italy for the Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series.
The Head Coach has included four Exiles representatives following on from several caps in the Under 20s Six Nations, namely Australia tourists Henry Arundell and Will Joseph.
Harmes made his first appearance for London Irish in the pool stages of the Premiership Rugby Cup against Leicester Tigers last season and in line for his first appearance for his country at under-20s level, with the remaining included young Exiles capped under Dickens.
Brooke, who boasts two tries in four under-20s appearances, recently completed a second Six Nations campaign with his country having also made his first starting berth as an Exile in the Leicester Tigers pool stage fixture in the cup.
New recruit Cunningham-South and Summerfield earned their first under-20s caps in the 2022 Six Nations, the former also making an impression domestically in three games across the Premiership Rugby Cup and Gallagher Premiership.
The Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series, takes place in Treviso and Verona between 24 June and 12 July, and includes the Six Nations unions plus Georgia and South Africa and is hosted by the Federazione Italiana de Rugby.
The Under-20 Summer Series will provide a regional alternative to the postponed World Rugby U20 Championship that will return in 2023.
Irish's Premiership Rugby Cup opponent Emeka Ilione of Leicester Tigers, who has been capped six times at under-20s level, will captain the side again having taken on role for the final two games of the Six Nations Championship against Ireland and Wales.
Every game of the Under 20 Summer Series will be streamed via the Six Nations Rugby U20 Youtube channel.
England men’s under-20 head coach, Alan Dickens, speaking about the Six Nations summer series said: “We’ve had a productive time in camp in Newcastle over the past week, and two successful training games against Scotland that have provided great match play opportunities as we prepare for the summer series.
“We’ve got a great mix of players in the squad.
"Some with experience of playing at under-20 level already and some players who are new to the squad.
"I’m really pleased with the way they are all supporting and learning from one another.
“We have challenging opposition in our pool games against South Africa, France and Ireland.
"We’ve prepared well and the squad looks forward to the challenges an international series such as this provides.”
Well done to Lucas, Chandler, Alexander and Mikey!
England U20 Squad
Charlie Bracken, Saracens, Caps 0
Lucas Brooke, London Irish, Caps 4
Tom Carr-Smith, Bath Rugby, Caps 3
Lewis Chessum, Leicester Tigers, Caps 3
Chandler Cunningham-South, London Irish, Caps 3
Greg Fisilau, Wasps, Caps 2
Ollie Fletcher, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 1
Ethan Grayson, Northampton Saints, Caps 5
Alex Harmes, London Irish, Caps 0
Sam Harris, Bath Rugby, Caps 0
George Hendy, Northampton Saints, Caps 3
Emeka Ilione, Leicester Tigers, Caps 6
Louie Johnson, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 5
Toby Knight, Saracens, Caps 5
Tom Litchfield, Northampton Saints, Caps 5
Tom Lockett, Northampton Saints, Caps 4
Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, Wasps, Caps 1
Archie McArthur, Wasps, Caps 2
Tumy Onasanya, Sale Sharks, Caps 0
Conor Oresanya, Harlequins, Caps 0
Charlie Rice, Bristol Bears, Caps 3
Ewan Richards, Bath Rugby, Caps 7
Ethan Staddon, Bath Rugby, Caps 0
Finn Theobald-Thomas, Worcester, Caps 2
Andrew Turner, Bristol Bears, Caps 0
Fin Smith, Worcester Warriors, Caps 5
Iwan Stephens, Newcastle Falcons, Caps 1
John Stewart, Bath Rugby, Caps 5
Mikey Summerfield, London Irish, Caps 5
Jed Walsh, Leicester Tigers, Caps 0
Jevaughn Warren, Saracens, Caps 0
Tobi Wilson, Worcester Warriors, Caps 0
Pool A Pool B
South Africa Georgia
England’s Pool A games
Round 1 – England v South Africa, Friday 24 June, KO 4pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona
Round 2 – France v England, Wednesday 29 June, KO 4pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona
Round 3 – Ireland v England, Tuesday 5 July, KO 7pm (BST), Payanini Centre, Verona
Tuesday 12 July, KO TBC, Stadio Monigo, Treviso