Chick Named For England U20s

Tuesday 19 January 2016 Written by: Adam

Newcastle Falcons Senior Academy player Callum Chick was this morning named as part of the England U20 Elite Player Squad which will look to defend their Six Nations title this Spring.

The call up means that Chick, 19, will be eligible to play in all five of England’s games during the tournament, including the fixture against Ireland U20s at Kingston Park Stadium on Friday 26th February.

Kicking off at 6.05pm that evening, the game will be the second time England U20s have played at the Stadium in recent memory, with Chick’s Falcons team mate Zach Kibirige having turned out for his country to score one of ten England tries in the team’s last North East outing.

That match saw England demolish their Welsh opposition 67-7 thanks to an impressive performance, which included a superb solo try on home territory from Kibirige.

This year’s U20s campaign will be led by Jon Callard, who steps in as interim head coach after former Falcon Ian Peel moved on to join the Saracens coaching team and to assist the England senior team as scrum coach for the 2016 RBS 6 Nations.

The squad ethos remains the same as Callard explains: “The mission for this group is to make other people shine. It is about players being individually the best they can be, making the others the best they want to be. This comes from having a strong work ethic and a team focus. We want to put the right processes in place to play exciting international rugby and to develop these aspiring international players for the future senior team.”

Last year’s Six Nations went down-to-the-wire with the game against France on the final weekend becoming a title decider. England’s 24-11 victory nudged them ahead on points, making it four title wins in five years.

Tickets for the England vs Ireland U20 game are on sale now and available to buy [online][1], in person from the Kingston Park Stadium Box Office or by calling the Falcons’ 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0871 226 6060.

**England U20 Elite Player Squad 2016**
*Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens) and Max Green (Yorkshire Carnegie) are training with the squad as injury cover for Lewis Boyce and Jack Maunder respectively. Joe Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) temporarily takes the place of Theo Brophy Clews who is fulfilling club duties.

– Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins)
– Darren Atkins (Bath Rugby)
– Joshua Bainbridge (Yorkshire Carnegie)
– Lewis Boyce (Yorkshire Carnegie)*
– Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish)*
– Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons)
– Andrew Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
– Max Malins (Saracens)
– Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints)
– Joseph Marchant (Harlequins)
– Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs)*
– Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)
– Joe Mullis (Gloucester Rugby)
– George Nott (Sale Sharks)
– Paolo Odogwu (Leicester Tigers)
– George Perkins (Saracens)
– Jake Pope (Sale Sharks)
– Taylor Prell (Yorkshire Carnegie)
– Mathew Protheroe (Gloucester Rugby)
– Will Safe (Gloucester Rugby)
– Jamie Shillcock (Worcester Warriors)
– Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)
– Samuel Smith (Worcester Warriors)
– Stanley South (Harlequins)
– William Stuart (Wasps)
– Huw Taylor (Worcester Warriors)
– Oliver Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
– Billy Walker (Saracens)
– Jack Walker (Yorkshire Carnegie)
– Calum Waters (Harlequins)
– Tom West (Wasps)
– Archie White (Harlequins)

**U20 Six Nations:**

– *v Scotland*, Friday 5 February (8pm) – Broadwood Stadium, Glasgow

– *v Italy*, Friday 12 February (7.10pm local time) – Stadio Pacifici, San Dona’ Di Piave

– *v Ireland*, Friday 26 February (6.05pm) – Kingston Park, Newcastle

– *v Wales*, Friday 11 March (7.45pm) – Ashton Gate, Bristol

– *v France*, Friday 18 March (6.45pm local time) – Stade du Hameau, Pau