Matt Hankin and Scott Spurling are both involved in England Under-20s who play their opening match of the Junior World Championships against France today.

Hankin has been named in the starting team to face hosts France while Spurling is also included in the tournament squad.

Hankin told the club website: “It’s been a while since I’ve played for England – nearly two years, now – so it’s nice to come back and see a few of the boys that I played with at Under-18 level.

“I respect the other guys and the way they play. All I can do is train hard and play well when I get my chance to secure my place.

“Hopefully we can get some momentum into the next group game against South Africa, who will be a tough outfit as well – we can’t even think about the play-offs yet.

“I’m sure that will really hit home with the team and we can go out to France and be successful.”