Fraser Dingwall and Alex Coles are the pride of Cambridge after England under-20s selection for Six Nations Championships
Fraser Dingwall and Alex Coles are the pride of Cambridge as they prepare to line up for England under-20s against Ireland in the Six Nations Championships tonight (Friday).
Dingwall has been named as captain of the side at centre, while under-19 Coles will make his England debut in the second row in his first season as a professional player.
Dingwall’s career started at Cambridge in the mini and youth ranks, and he progressed on to Northampton Saints, where he has broken into the first team this season.
Coles’ rugby route was carved out at The Perse School, and also took in spells at Shelford and Cambridge, but he is now making his way at Northampton Saints, having made his first-team debut already this season despite only finishing sixth form last summer.
Steve Bowller, Cambridge Rugby Club’s president, said: “It is another milestone for Cambridge Rugby Club as two of our former youth players earn England under-20’s call-ups.
“Alex was here briefly and toured on the under-16’s trip to Italy playing at fly-half.
“Fraser’s announcement as captain is something we are immensely proud of.
“He was our guest of honour at a pre-match lunch earlier in the season and talked of his days starting in the mini and youth.
“I guess it’s beyond our wildest dreams to see him leading the side out and I’m sure full honours will follow soon. We wish them the very best.”
Liam St John, the head of rugby at The Perse School, has helped oversee Coles’ development, with the forward having been an integral part of the side that reached the semi-final of the NatWest Schools’ Under-18 Vase in 2017.
“It’s a phenomenal achievement for Alex to be selected for the England under-20 squad as an under-19 and testament to the hard work he has put in both in his time at The Perse and since leaving for Northampton Saints," said St John.
“England v Ireland is the clash of the tournament at senior level, so I’m sure the under-20 match will be an equally competitive affair.
“It will be a great experience for Alex and I’ve no doubt he’ll rise to the occasion.”
England play Ireland tonight (Friday) at the Irish Independent Park in Cork, kick off 7.15pm.