Former Diss Rugby Club star Will Owen has set his sights on leading England Under-20s to Six Nations glory as they aim to reclaim their crown.
The 19-year-old, who is from Eye, will be in the squad for England’s opener against Wales in Colwyn Bay tomorrow, just a day after the senior side take on the same opponents in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff.
And with high expectations of England challenging for the title they won twice in the past three seasons before France’s victory last year, Owen is expecting a special atmosphere to greet them tomorrow as he aims to make an impression.
“I’m really looking forward to be playing for England to open against Wales will be pretty special,” said the former Framlingham College pupil. “We know it is going to be a pretty hostile atmosphere but that is really exciting.
“The goal to win the title back but we know it will not be easy.
“We have a strong chance but we have to take it one game at a time starting against Wales.”
The tournament is the latest step in Owen’s development, having played for Diss from the age of four through to 16 before moving on to Leicester Tigers’ Academy and representing England from under-17s to under-20s.
That impressive progression has not been taken for granted by the flanker, who is keen to make the most of his latest opportunity.
“It is incredible to think where am I now from starting as a boy at Diss,” he added. “Being at Leicester is amazing and hopefully I can break into the first team soon.
“Now I just want to make the most of being given a chance to play for my country.”