Armitage and Britton make Eng U20 Junior World Cup squad
Tuesday 10th May 2011
Guy, 19, is the younger brother of England internationals Steffon and Delon. The powerful centre (pictured) featured twice for England in this year's U20 Six Nations Championship, coming off the bench in the victories over Wales and Italy.
Koree, also 19, is a current member of the Gloucester Academy and is a dynamic hooker, renowned for his physical play and ball-carrying in the loose.
RFU Press Release, 09 May 2011
England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter has named his squad of 26 ahead of the Junior World Championship tournament in Italy, which kicks off against Ireland on June 10.
The squad contains players with a huge amount of Aviva Premiership, A-League and Championship experience, and Hunter is pleased with the players at his disposal:
“We’re very happy with the 26 selected,” he said. “It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, we had a lot of competition, but a lot of the lads played well throughout the 6 Nations and deserve their seat on the plane to Italy.”
England face Ireland in their JWC opener, just three months after their last meeting, a game that England convincingly won 46-16 to secure their 6 Nations Grand Slam, but Hunter says they will be a different proposition in Italy.
“The JWC is a very different competition to the 6 Nations,” he said. “There are a lot of games in a relatively short amount of time.
"The first one against Ireland, when everyone is fresh, will be very tough. No matter who rocks up in an Ireland shirt, they will always play with incredible pride, and incredible passion.”
With a near full strength squad at his disposal, Hunter was quick to praise those missing out through injury: “It’s a real shame for both Jamie Elliott and Kieran Low who both miss out unfortunately, they both performed really well throughout the 6 Nations and it’s up to the guts who have come in to reproduce that form.”