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England's Henry Pollock has claimed the title of 2024 Under-20 Player of the Championship.

The 19-year-old England and Northampton Saints back rower adds the accolade to his Under-20 Six Nations Championship winner's medal and three Player of The Match awards.

A graduate of the Six Nations Under-18 Festivals, Pollock stormed into this year’s Under-20 Championship with a hat-trick against Italy in Round One and maintained his eye-catching and dominant form all the way through to the final round of the campaign, which culminated in Le Crunch.  

England would go on to beat France to secure the Championship title, with the young forward claiming his third Player of the Match medal, rounding off an imperious set of individual performances and underlining his prospects for being named the Player of the Championship.  

Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, Pollock made his senior debut for Saints in the Premiership Cup against Saracens in 2022. 

It was on his debut that the then 17-year-old wrote himself into the club’s history books by becoming the youngest ever try-scorer in the professional era, when he bagged a brace of tries. Last year, Pollock made his full Premiership debut in none other than the East Midlands derby, the famously fiery Northampton Saints versus Leicester Tigers clash.  

Commenting on winning Player of the Championship, Pollock said: 

“I am very honoured to win the award. I want to thank everyone that has worked around me to get me to where I am now.

 “It was a great tournament to be involved in. We built really well through the five games, and it was credit to the whole squad. It was a very good campaign, and we are now looking ahead and excited for the World Championship this summer.” 

 Julie Paterson, Chief of Rugby at Six Nations, added:   

“Each year the Under-20 Six Nations Championship highlights the incredible talent each union and federation are developing. Henry is certainly a star in the making, and fully deserves his award. He is also a great example of the rugby pathway that the Under-18 Festivals and then Under-20 Championship offers, and its ability to provide a platform for such talented young players to showcase their skills, but also gain vital international rugby experience.”