What happened next? England U20s’ top 5 try-scorers of all time

When a player breaks straight into the England senior team at a young age, it’s often a sign of their quality.

But a lot of England stars have gone through the ranks of the age grade set up, doing their time, so to speak, with the under-20s including a bath of Eddie Jones’ current squad.

Triumphing at the 2020 U20 Championship, their 29th title, the England youngsters have previously boasted some wonderful try-scorers.

Some of those have gone on to achieve great things in the game, but unfortunately that isn’t exclusively the case. So, who is who? We’ve taken a look at England’s top five U20 try-scorers of all-time from world championships and what happened next.

5. Zach Mercer

Under-20 tries: 5

Senior England caps: 5

Senior England tries: 0

Clubs played for: Bath

Hit or Miss? Miss

Capped twice by Eddie Jones in 2018, Mercer has failed to feature since, but the 23-year-old remains on the Red Rose radar knowing a big start to the season could get him back in contention for the 2021 Six Nations. Jury is still out.


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