The class of 2014: What happened to the England U20 team that triumphed? - Ruck

The class of 2014: What happened to the England U20 team that triumphed?

In 2014, England retained their World Junior Championship crown as they survived a thrilling fightback from 2012 champions South Africa to win 21-20 in Auckland.

Strangely, as many of the team that were victorious on that day have gone onto play for other countries as have made their England debut.

Let’s see where they are now…

Fullback: Aaron Morris (Harlequins): Beginning his rugby career at Bedford Blues, he worked through the ranks before being offered a full-time contract with Saracens’ Academy at the age of 18. He then joined Harlequins where he remains to this day.

Winger: Howard Packman (Doncaster Knights): Despite being only 24, the speedster has become quite the journeyman, having played for Northampton Saints, Birmingham Moseley, London Scottish, Rotherham Titans, Bedford Blues, Ealing Trailfinders, North Otago and current club Doncaster Knights. Packman also represented England Sevens at two tournaments in 2014.

Centre: Nick Tompkins (Saracens/WALES): He also captained the England Under-16 and 17 sides and represented the Saxons against South Africa in 2016. Continuing to star for Saracens with little contact from England coach Eddie Jones, the centre was called up by Wayne Pivac for Wales 2020 Six Nations campaign.

Centre: Harry Sloan (Ealing Trailfinders): After failing to establish himself in the first team at Harlequins, the centre joined Championship side Ealing ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Winger: Nathan Earle (Harlequins): He joined Harlequins for the 2018/19 season from Saracens, having just won the Aviva Premiership with the Double European Champions and scored in the final. The winger was electric in his first season in the quartered shirt, scoring 11 tries in 23 appearance. The 25-year-old has been called up by Eddie Jones on more than one occasion but is yet to win a cap.


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