England name a new captain for U/20’s

Leeds Carnegie’s Jacob Rowan has been named as captain of England’s Under 20 side this season.

The flanker will succeed Headingley teammate Calum Clark when the RBS Under 20 Six Nations tournament which kicks off against Wales at Gloucester on February 5 (7.45pm).

Keighley-born Rowan, currently on loan at Nottingham, previously appeared for England’s Under 16 and 18 sides before winning Under 20 caps last year against France and Scotland.

Head coach Mark Mapletoft said: “It’s well deserved and Jacob’s a great character.”

“It’s a big honour to captain your country at any level and I think he’ll relish the opportunity. He’s professional and first and foremost he’s a good player worthy of his place in the starting line-up.

“He’s demonstrated to me and the management over the course of the season involved with the Under 20s what a great bloke he is. He’ll get respect from the others but he’ll demand high standards.”

England reached a second successive IRB Junior World Championship final last summer and warmed up for the RBS U20 Six Nations with a 61-7 win against Cambridge University last week.

Rowan said: “I’m really excited and very pleased that Mark Mapletoft and [assistant coach] Rob Hunter asked me to do it and I’m looking forward to working with the bunch of lads we’ve got this season.

“I’ve had experience with the Under 20s and Under 18s and think I can lead them and guide them to a good SixNations and a good Junior World Championship.


“We want to play an expansive and ambitious game and that’s been set out from day one but you’ve still got a keep a balance to it.

“Everyone’s really excited about the players we’ve got, there’s a lot of pace in the side across the board and we’ve got strength in depth which is very important.

“Now everyone’s raring to go for Wales and everyone’s put down a marker to win that Test jersey. We’re all excited about what could happen.”

England named a 32-man Elite Player Squad earlier this month and can call on 16 players capped at Under 20 level last season as well as a new group stepping up from the last year’s unbeaten Under 18 side.


Club: Leeds Carnegie
Position: Back row
Born: 14.1.90 in Keighley (Age 20)
Height: 1.86m (6ft 1in)
Weight: 100kg (15st 10lb)
Representative Honours: England U16, 18, 20
Education: Bradford GS, Leeds University


Feb 5: England U20 v Wales U20 (Gloucester, 7.45pm)
Feb 12: Italy U20 v England U20 (San Dona di Piave, 7pm)
Feb 26: England U20 v Ireland U20 (Gloucester, 7.45pm)
Mar 12: Scotland U20 v England U20 (Firhill, 7.30pm)
Mar 21: France U20 v England U20 (St Nazaire, 3pm)

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