Reports suggest England U20 superstar could now play for France instead

The French press has claimed that England U20 star Gabriel Ibitoye could be set to swap white for blue after departing Harlequins for Agen.

The 22-year-old, who has been a regular ‘apprentice’ under Eddie Jones, has signed a two-year contract with the Top 14 side, meaning he will no longer be eligible for England selection.

However, according to the report, the 22-year-old, who they believe has a French relative, is open to representing Les Bleus after having a conversation with France head coach Fabien Galthié.

One of the most exciting young wingers in the world, Ibitoye, who had been with Harlequins since the age of 12, has represented England U20 on 13 occasions, scoring eight tries.

The winger, who is a die hard Arsenal supporter, has been a regular in the England age group sides and was named in Eddie Jones’ wider training squad for the 2018 Six Nations.

Ibitoye won the 2017 U20 Six Nations and has represented his country in two World Rugby U20 Championship Finals. He was also nominated for Player of the Tournament in the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship. 

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1. Josh Hodge

  • Current number of caps: 0
  • Position: Fullback
  • Age at the start of RWC 2023: 23

One of England’s most exciting upcoming talents, the fullback is built in the same mould as All Black Damian Mckenzie. Safe under the high ball and blessed with incredible pace, expect him to play a key role f=or Newcastle Falcons on their return to the Premiership. Hopefully he’ll then be in a place to make a bid for international honours.

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