The class of 2013: What happened to the England U20 team that triumphed? | Ruck

The class of 2013: What happened to the England U20 team that triumphed?

England became world junior champions for the first time in 2013 as they fought back from a 12-point half-time deficit to beat perennial rivals Wales 23-15 in the final.

A brace of tries by Ashley Evans and five points from Sam Davies’s boot gave Wales a 15-3 lead at the break.

England had a try disallowed either side of half-time, but Jack Nowell finally powered over in Vannes, France.

Sam Hill scored their second try and two conversions and two penalties from Henry Slade saw England home.

But what happened to the starting XV? Read on to find out...

Fullback: Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs) – On the club scene, Devoto continued to forge himself quite a reputation in the colours of Bath over the next few years, even featuring in their Premiership Final appearance against Saracens at Twickenham in 2015.

Devoto would spend another season at the Recreation Ground before he decided on a change of scenery, agreeing terms with the Chiefs on a three-year deal in January 2016.

That summer Devoto linked up with a number of his new club-mates on an England Saxons tour to South Africa, after which he moved to Sandy Park and was a key figure in helping the Chiefs to record a first-ever Premiership title in May 2017.


Wing: Anthony Watson (Bath) – The England International has made 105 appearances since signing from London Irish in 2013 and has portrayed his secure defence and elusive attacking style for his country, as well as representing the British and Irish Lions in 2017.

Having represented England through the age-groups, he made his full international debut in November 2014 against New Zealand and is now considered as an England regular. 


Centre: Tom Stephenson (Rosslyn Park) – His run in the senior team at Northampton Saints was marred by injuries, with him only featuring two games for Saints in 2015/16 due to injury and sat out the entire 2016/17 season after a double leg break during a pre-season friendly against Rotherham Titans.

In March 2018, it was confirmed that Stephenson would be leaving his childhood club Northampton Saints after 5 years to join London Irish. After departing the Exiles recently, he will join up with Rosslyn Park for the 2020/21 season.


Centre: Sam Hill (Sale Sharks) – The 26-year-old made more than 150 appearances for Exeter Chiefs since making debut in 2012.

In March 2020, it was confirmed he will join fellow Premiership club Sale Sharks next season on a two-year deal.


Wing: Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) – He made his senior international debut a year later against France. He scored his first international try shortly after against Italy and has since go on to represent England in the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups, as well as helping the Red Rose country to lift two Six Nations titles.

A magnificent 2017, however, was crowned with him lifting the Premiership title in May against Wasps, then heading to New Zealand a month later to feature for the British & Irish Lions on their summer tour, where he featured in two of the three test matches against the world champions.

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