Yorkshire Carnegie Academy boss Andy Rock says he is proud of the part the club’s academy is playing in the development of the England squad at U20 and first team level.
This week four Yorkshire Carnegie players were named in the England U20 squad to take on Scotland with Jack Walker as captain whilst Academy graduate Paul Hill is set to make his Test debut against the Scottish on Saturday after being named on the bench by Eddie Jones for the Calcutta Cup.
Commenting on a big week for the academy Rock said, "I am delighted for all four lads who have been named in the England U20 squad. Lewis Boyce returned from a year out last week on loan at Harrogate and I am sure he will be pushing for selection later in the Six Nations as well. We are very proud of the lads and the hard work they have put in themselves over the years. I am particularly pleased for Jack Walker to be named captain and follow in the footsteps of his brother Chris and previous Academy players Jacob Rowan and Calum Clark as England U20 captain.
"Although Paul has left us now for Northampton, the fact that he is equipped in less than half a season of Premiership rugby to play in a senior international is fantastic news and shows the development work we do with our young people is reaping rewards," added Rock.