"Schoolboy prodigy" - Powerful youngster joins England World Cup squad in France - Ruck

“Schoolboy prodigy” – Powerful youngster joins England World Cup squad in France

George Timmins, the talented U18 flanker from Bath and England, was seen participating in training sessions with the England team this week in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage.

This training comes as part of Steve Borthwick’s preparations ahead of England’s upcoming match against Samoa in Lille, scheduled for Saturday.

Timmins will balance his time playing rugby with studying at Bath University. After signing for the club, he said: “It felt great to get the news about the contract offer from Bath as it’s something I’ve wanted to achieve for a long time.

“I’m really looking forward to moving into the senior environment, which will be a great new experience and challenge for me. I joined Millfield for the incredible facilities on campus and the detailed feedback you receive from the coaches; the school has really helped me develop as a player.”

Bath Rugby Academy Director Sean Lilley said “We have been fortunate to have such a fantastic group of players to work with throughout the years and we’re delighted to be bringing through extremely talented boys from this year’s cohort.

“The Under-18s campaign was great for their progression as players and people and we can’t wait to help them on the next stage of their journey. We are extremely proud of them and if they work hard, they all have the potential to develop their game positively over the next couple of seasons.”

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Overseas player in Rugby World Cup squad ranked:

Below, you’ll find a ranking of tier one nations, organized by the number of foreign-born players included in their respective squads.

Scotland (15)

WP Nel (South Africa), Pierre Schoeman (South Africa), Javan Sebastian (England), Ewan Ashman (Canada), Sam Skinner (England), Jack Dempsey (Australia), Hamish Watson (England), Ali Price (England), Ben White (England), Ben Healy (Ireland), Chris Harris (England), Cameron Redpath (France), Sione Tuipulotu (Australia), Kyle Steyn (South Africa), Duhan van der Merwe (South Africa).

Italy (11)

Ivan Nemer (Argentina), Hame Faiva (New Zealand), Dino Lamb (England), David Sisi (Germany), Toa Halafihi (New Zealand), Sebastian Negri (Zimbabwe), Martin Page-Relo (France), Juan Ignacio Brex (Argentina), Ange Capuozzo (France), Monty Ioane (Australia), Paolo Odogwu (England),

Wales (10)

Taulupe Faletau (Tonga), Tomas Francis (England), Dan Lydiate (England), Will Rowlands (England), Henry Thomas (England), Christ Tshiunza (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Gareth Anscombe (New Zealand), George North (England), Nick Tompkins (England), Johnny Williams (England),