Former Yorkshire Carnegie Academy graduate Lewis Boyce has been called up by England coach Eddie Jones for the opening game of the RBS Six Nations against Italy.

Boyce joined Aviva Premiership side Harlequins this summer after nearly a decade at Yorkshire Carnegie. Since taking up the game at the age of 12 with Acklam, a club based in his home town of Middlesbrough, Lewis has been a player with outstanding talent.

His professionalism since joining the Carnegie impressed the Academy coaches and in 2014 he was given his debut against Rotherham.  He was dual registered with Wharfedale during the season, but an injury limited his involvement at Yorkshire Carnegie. Despite the setback Lewis led by example and showed great commitment in getting back to fitness.  His efforts were recognised when he was awarded Academy Player of the Season.

After a long injury lay off, Lewis finally made his come back to the side in 2015 against Cornish Pirates and was then part of the England Under-20s set up at the end of the season, playing in the World Cup Final victory against Ireland,

He played for Middlesbrough at Under-13 to Under-16 level and has gained recognition at international level. In 2013, his full debut for England U18 produced a try in the FIRA/AER victory over Portugal the following month and in March before being involved in all three wins over Scotland, Wales and France. In 2014 he trained with the England senior squad at St George’s Park alongside Carnegie team mates Paul Hill and Jack Walker and played three more games at England Under-18 level when figuring in his second triumphant FIRA/AER tournament in Poland in April.

He attended Archibald Primary School and Macmillan Academy, in Middlesbrough and then studied for a BTEC in Sport at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley and lists his mentors as Craig Lilley, a coach at Acklam RFC, John Burridge and John Haddon at Middlesbrough and Andy Rock and Jon Pendlebury at Yorkshire Carnegie.  He switched from No. 8 to prop when in the Middlesbrough U14 squad.

In his final season at the club, he featured in 25 games last year helping the side to the Greene King IPA Championship Final and coming off the bench in both legs against London Irish.