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England U20: Revealed, the Top 10 England U20 International Producing Schools

The U20 programme only truly began in 2008 with the formation of the World Rugby U20 Championships, or the Junior World Championships as they were then known.

The U21 and U19 age-grade teams were largely abandoned as the new U20 team became the final team on the age-grade pathway in England.

Despite the short period of time that the side has been active, a staggering 143 schools are on record as the last school attended by a player playing for England U20: 143 schools in just thirteen years!

So, following on from our video and article looking at the schools attended by those in England U18 squads through the years, we take a dive into the final schools attended by every England U20 player since that 2008 start point.

As always with such things when it comes to English schools rugby, some caveats – which are also detailed in the video.

First, we have included those selected in the 2021 U20 Elite Player Squad, feeling that due recognition ought to be given despite the horror of Covid preventing play. After the U20 Six Nations in June we will revise and update this list.

Second, we have included only the schools that players finished their school rugby careers at on this list. Not because we don’t care, or because we do not wish to recognise other schools or even clubs, or we hate state schools (50% of the Top 10 are state!), but because we need to apply a consistent methodology across every year in question and the available data is not consistent below sixth form.

That being said – we want to recognise those others that have played a role in nurturing these U20 internationals, so if your school or club played a role why not get in touch in a positive manner – we would love to give you a shout out and some due recognition.

Third, it’s just a bit of fun.

The Top 10 England U20 Producing Schools

Looking at the results, they are fascinating. The creation of the U20s coincided with the formation of the AASE/ACE League and the impact there is clear – over half of the schools in the Top 10 are either current or former AASE/ACE Colleges.

Equally fascinating is the spread of schools, 143 in thirteen years. Gut instinct would probably tell most observers that the spread of schools at U20 level is not that deep, and yet it is clear that the net has been cast far and wide. Every year ever more schools have old boys representing them at U20 level, to the point now that it feels right to say that for many schools it is a case of simply not having yet had an U20 international, rather than the negative reverse of that, the opportunity is there for today’s schoolboys to become the first representatives for many of these schools.

So tight are the results that one would expect the likes of, say, Harrow and Whitgift to be pushing into the Top 10 within even just a year, Dean Close, too, could soon find themselves up there.

At U20 level we start to see schools from outside of England having representation, too, South Africa’s St John’s College and Marian Catholic College in Australia among them, the selection eye being cast further and further afield.

It has been a hugely exciting period for England U20, winning three World Rugby U20 Championship titles, in 2013, 2014, and 2016, and reaching six further finals. Including a run of six years in a row of reaching the final from 2013 to 2018. The future looks rosy indeed for England!

Here though, we want to celebrate the schools that contributed to those successes, we hope you enjoy the video and can spot your school on the list!

You can see the full list from 11th to 143 below, and do make sure you check out the video about to see the Top 10 England U20 International Producing Schools! 

St Paul’s Catholic College6 
Barnard Castle5 
Beechen Cliff5 
Dean Close5 
Epsom College5 
21=Kirkham Grammar4 
Exeter College4 
Truro College4 
St Peter’s, Gloucester4 
Leicester Grammar4 
Lymm High4 
Brighton College4 
28=RGS High Wycombe3 
John Cleveland College3 
St Benedict’s3 
St Joseph’s College3 
Henley College3 
St George’s College, Weybridge3 
Worcester 6th form College3 
Northampton School for Boys2 
RGS Newcastle2 
Cheltenham College2 
Gosforth Academy2 
Woodhouse Grove2 
Hymers College2 
Bishop Wordsworth’s2 
RGS Guildford2 
Radley College2 
Aylesbury Grammar2 
St Ambrose College2 
Adams Grammar2 
Old Swinford Hospital2 
Peter Symonds’ College2 
St George’s, Harpenden2 
Bicton College2 
Hurstpierpoint College2 
Milton Abbey2 
Myerscough College2 
Bradford Grammar1 
Dulwich College1 
SGS Filton College1 
QEGS Wakefield1 
Lancaster RGS1 
Bristol Grammar1 
Denstone College1 
John Fisher1 
Plymouth College1 
Brooksby Melton College1 
Marlborough College1 
KES Birmingham1 
KES Aston1 
Christ’s Hospital1 
Hereford Cathedral1 
KES Bath1 
King’s Peterborough1 
Chosen Hill1 
Manchester Grammar1 
King’s College, Taunton1 
Sutton Valence1 
New Hall1 
Nottingham High1 
RGS Worcester1 
Shiplake College1 
Eastbourne College1 
The Perse1 
Merchiston Castle1 
Eton College1 
King John1 
Richmond College1 
Wirral Grammar1 
Bushey Academy1 
Framlingham College1 
King’s Gloucester1 
Baverstock Sports College1 
Bishop Stopford1 
King’s Chester1 
Malvern College1 
Marian Catholic College, Australia1
New Pontefract College1
Norton College1
St Bede’s1
The Leys1
St John’s, Leatherhead1
Cobham International1
Nottingham College1
QEGS Penrith1
Ridings High1
Torquay Boys Grammar1
Bishop Burton College1
Dollar Academy1
Harlington Upper1
Heartsease High1
King’s Ely1
Roundwood Park1
St John’s College, South Africa1

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