Yorkshire Carnegie prop Lewis Boyce is hoping a good performance in the World Rugby U20 Championship in the next few weeks can propel his first team chances at Headingley Carnegie next season.
Boyce was restricted to just three appearances off the bench last season for Yorkshire Carnegie due to injury but he is back to full fitness now and hoping to help the England U20 side in their challenge of winning the junior world championship on home soil
Boyce came off the bench in the opening night win over Italy and is once again amongst the replacements for Saturday’s clash with Scotland. He commented, “The camp is going really well. To get the win against Italy and put in a good performance has given the squad a massive boost. I have not played much this season so it was a personal boost for me to get some gametime and play well. It was good to get the first game out of the way, especially with the big build up into a home championship, and it has given the whole group a massive confidence boost. All week we had been working on our line out and the set piece and for that to go so well against Italy has given us something to build on.”
England face a Scotland side that upset the form book with victory over Australia on the opening night. The Scots defeated England in Scotland in the U20 Six Nations so Saturday’s game at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.
Boyce is looking forward to the challenge. He added, “Fair play to Scotland, they had a great result against Australia. We know each other well from playing against each other in the Six Nations and Saturday’s game gives us a chance put some wrongs right. They are a good team and have some good individuals who work well together in a good system, we know it will be a test for us.”
The 19-year-old admits the World Championships is a great chance for him to show Bryan Redpath and his coaching team that he is ready to take the next step up with his club side in the Greene King IPA Championship next season. He added, “It is a chance for me to put down a marker for next year. Hopefully, I can showcase what I have got to offer to our coaches back in Leeds and set things up for a good season with Carnegie.”
Yorkshire Carnegie centre Max Wright has been called up into the England U20 squad this week becoming the fifth player from the club to join the squad, making Yorkshire Carnegie the most represented team in the England squad. Boyce admits it has been good to have some familiar faces around. He added, “It is good to see the other boys. When you’ve got your good mates, who you have played with from Under 15 level, around you in camp it is nice. We know each other really well and we have the odd little moments together that help the team in general.
“The fact that we have five in the squad goes to show the talent we have up north but it is especially satisfying to have so many from our own club.”