Highs and lows for Old Albanian pair on England duty

Ali Crossdale in action for Old Albanian. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Ali Crossdale in action for Old Albanian. Picture: KARYN HADDON - Credit: Archant

Saracens and Old Albanian youngster Ali Crossdale has been ruled out of the remainder of the U20 World Rugby Championship.

Saracens' Ali Crossdale. Picture: David Davies/PA

Saracens' Ali Crossdale. Picture: David Davies/PA - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

The young winger sustained an injury England’s opening pool game against Argentina, which they won 39-18, and subsequently missed the 43-5 success over Italy.

He will now be replaced by London Irish’s Matt Williams for today’s (Thursday) final pool game versus Scotland.

England face a semi-final tie on Tuesday. with the final scheduled for June 17.

There was better news though for another Old Albanian playing in the white of England.

Dan Watt in action for Old Albanian. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Dan Watt in action for Old Albanian. Picture: KARYN HADDON - Credit: Archant


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Dan Watt started in England Counties’ 40-5 win over Romania A in Bucharest.

It was the second win for the squad on their three-match tour to Eastern Europe and will conclude with a game against the Romanian national team.

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Former OA Karl Garside also appeared, coming off the bench as a half-time replacement.

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