Malins and England ready to rise to nation’s expectation in U20 World Championship

PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 June 2016

England U20 elite player Max Malins. Picture: ANDY TAYLOR/ATSPORTPHOTO

England U20 elite player Max Malins. Picture: ANDY TAYLOR/ATSPORTPHOTO

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Max Malins is prepared for glory ahead of the U20 Rugby World Championships.

Max Malins was a key man for Old Albanian RFC last season. Picture: HARRY HUBBARDMax Malins was a key man for Old Albanian RFC last season. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD

The Saracens man, who spent last season on loan at Old Albanian, will be a key man as England go hunting for their third title in the last four years of the tournament.

This year’s event takes place in Manchester with games at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford and the Manchester City Academy Stadium.

And Malins, who will line up alongside Harpenden’s Jack Singleton and former Oaklands College students George Perkins and Billy Walker, is raring to go.

He said: “We had a really good camp last week with some new players and others coming back. It was really impressive and there’s a lot to look forward to.

“We learned a lot during the Six Nations and [the camp] was just about building confidence.

“There’s a certain amount of expectation as England generally do well in this tournament but there’s no real pressure. We want to put that Six Nations behind us.

“We were disappointed with how it went and we just want to get out there and show the talent we have in this group.”

England start their campaign with a game against Italy on Tuesday, followed by clashes with Scotland and Australia.

The semi-finals will take place on Monday, June 20 with the finals the following Saturday.

Malins will be hoping the tournament replicates his last competitive game which saw Old Albanian return to the third tier of English club rugby with a play-off win over Sedgley Park.

That proved to be his last action for the Woollams club with National One rivals Rosslyn Park his destination for next season.

He was pleased to go out with a win though.

“It was a really great game,” he said. “It’s good that I got to play in such high-pressure games and it means so much to the supporters that we went up.

“It’ll be interesting [playing against OAs] but it’ll be great to see them all again.”

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