LIST: Nick Tompkins and seven other England players who went onto play for other countries…

Nick Tompkins says it is a “huge honour” to be called up by Wales after they poached him from under England’s noses for this year’s Six Nations.

The 24-year-old has shone at youth level for England and was part of the 2014 Under-20 World Cup-winning team captained by club team-mate Maro Itoje.

Another England U20 star who could make their senior international debut next month is Billy Burns, who was named by Andy Farrell in Ireland’s Six Nations squad.

But they aren’t the only player who represented England at age grade or counties who went onto represent tother countries at Test level…

1. Will Addison (Ireland)

Addison was part of the England U20 side which won the Junior Six Nations.[He also featured at the 2012 Junior World Cup.

In March 2018 it was announced that Addison would be joining Pro14 side Ulster with the centre being an Ireland-qualified player.

On 24 October 2018, Addison was named in the Ireland squad for the November Internationals, making his debut for Ireland against Italy.

2. Chris Harris (Scotland)

The Cumbrian centre had a long road from the National League to International rugby. One of those stop-offs was representing England counties. He’s now a regular Scotland international!


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