Star man Pollock back in action for England U20

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All eyes are on Henry Pollock as England U20 prepare for their World Rugby U20 Championship warm-up game away to Georgia.

The presence of Northampton Saints' Pollock, recently named the Six Nations U20 Player of the Championship in what was a title-winning campaign for England, is set to be a game-changer for the young squad. It features 12 of the starting 15 that secured the Championship title against France back in March.  

Pollock’s award came as no surprise to those who have followed his meteoric rise. His performances during the U20 Six Nations were nothing short of stellar. The back rower consistently demonstrated his prowess on both sides of the game, reflected by his three Player of the Match awards, including one in the Championship decider versus France.  

The match against Georgia - the first of two uncapped matches on England's tour to Tbilisi - kicks off at 15:00 BST this Friday, and will be streamed live on Georgian Rugby social media channels.

It offers Pollock and his teammates a crucial opportunity to fine-tune their game. Georgia, known for their physicality and abrasive playing style, will provide a stern test for the young English team, ensuring that their preparations are thorough and robust. For Pollock, this game isn’t just a World Championship warm-up: it's another chance to cement his status as one of the most promising talents in rugby.  

England Men’s U20 coach, Mark Mapletoft said: “We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store over the next week. The team have adapted and trained with clear focus points after a long trip to Tbilisi and are incredibly eager to take to the field.  

“The coaches and I have been careful to manage the game time we’re giving to the players; we have an extensive matchday squad and we intend to utilise as many minutes and combinations across our group as possible.  

“Whilst we’re acutely aware of what’s over the horizon, our full focus remains on putting our best foot forward ahead of what will be two very challenging tests against Georgia away from home.”  

England know something of the challenge they can expect in Georgia. On their last visit in 2023, it was honours even between the sides, with the visitors taking an initial 41-36 win before a 40-38 reverse to the hosts.