‘Amazing’ Six Nations for Perkins

Rugby student George Perkins

Rugby student George Perkins - Credit: Archant

George Perkins has called winning the Six Nations with England U20 the best moment of his sporting career so far.

The Saracens and Old Albanian winger scored the last try of the Three Lions’ campaign, capping a 24-11 win over France in front of 12,600 fans at Brighton’s Amex Stadium and handing England the championship.

While his try will forever be a highlight, it was the 10 minutes after the final whistle when he celebrated with his team-mates that he will remember.

“Those are the moments you live for in rugby,” he said. “To win a championship like that was surreal. It was an amazing feeling. Over the next few years, if I’m lucky enough to have a long career, I’ll be fighting hard for those 10 minutes after the final whistle.”

England’s title-winning tournament started with a stutter when they were beaten 21-15 by Wales before they went on to win four games in a row and lift the trophy.

The loss, according to Perkins, genuinely hurt the squad and inspired them to victory.

“A lot of us hadn’t lost in an England shirt before, and there was genuine hurt,” he said. “It didn’t seem right to lose in an England shirt. If anything, it was a good thing because we didn’t want have to have that feeling again.”

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Perkins is hoping his performances in the Six Nations will be enough to earn selection for the World Rugby U20 Championship, which kicks off in Italy on June 2. England go into the tournament as defending champions after winning the title in Australia last year.

“I feel like I have given it my best shot to go with the U20s,” he said. “There were a few injuries in the squad before the Six Nations so they could be back, or the coaches might want to make changes. But I want to go and it’s what I’m gunning for.”

Before that though, he is preparing to reunite with Old Albanian and try to help them stay in National League One.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “We’re in a relegation battle so I’m looking forward to playing with the lads and help them stay in National League One.”