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Saracens trio react to England call-ups – Nathan Earle, Nick Isiekwe & Alex Lozowski reaction

Saracens trio react to England call-ups - Nathan Earle, Nick Isiekwe & Alex Lozowski reaction

Three of Saracens brightest talents could make their international debut this summer, with Nathan Earle joining fellow teammates Alex Lozowski and Nick Isiekwe as part of the England’s 31-man squad to face Argentina later this summer.

Earle wings in for England tour of Argentina

Three of Saracens brightest talents could make their international debut this summer, with Nathan Earle joining fellow teammates Alex Lozowski and Nick Isiekwe as part of the England’s 31-man squad to face Argentina later this summer.

Earle has been with Sarries since the age of 14, a pacey player capable of playing anywhere across the back-line, an England call-up is just the next step in what has been an impressive career so far.

After making his debut as an academy player in 2012 against Worcester Warriors, Earle impressed in early outings before starring at the 2014 U20 World Cup. England won the tournament with Earle proving a star man, scoring six tries in five matches.

The following season, however, began with disappointment as the youngster was side-lined with an Achilles injury in the first game of the following season while out on loan at Bedford Blues.

He returned before making a successful loan switch to London Scottish. A further loan spell came with Canterbury in New Zealand where he helped them win the prestigious Ranfurly Shield, their first in six years.

Staying until the end of the season in autumn 2016, he returned to the Saracens senior set-up ready to take on the challenge of first-team rugby.

Strong showings have set the 22-year-old in good stead, with 8 Premiership appearances since making the move back to England, Earle is firmly on the right track to fulfil his potential and this England call-up will feel like vindication for his hard work and performances.

Speaking earlier today, Earle spoke of his excitement at being called up and says he expects to learn a lot while away in South America:

“It’s a bit crazy, I’m a bit taken aback at the call obviously. But I’m very, very, very happy. Hopefully I get a chance in the tests but I just want to train hard and train well then fingers crossed I get picked”

“I want to learn how to act in that environment and what’s expected of us to get to stay in that environment for a long-period of time. There are players who’ll be there who have 50+ caps and they have a few hundred caps between them so they’ll be good people to learn off and hopefully they can help me be there for a long time”

“I’m pleased to be joined by Nick (Isiekwe), and Alex (Lozowski) obviously. Nick’s done amazingly well with the U20s and hopefully he does the same in the senior squad because he’s a great player with a massively bright future”

Birthday boy Isiekwe left “speechless” by England call

It has been quite a week for Nick Isiekwe, an impressive first Premiership start at the weekend against Northampton followed up by an England call-up today, his 19th birthday.

Born nearby in Hemel Hempsted he began by playing tag rugby before progressing to the full-contact version of the sport where he played a variety of positions.

However, having reached a height of 6”7’ he is now a natural lock-forward. His natural height and reach is coupled with great grace and athleticism, making him an exciting prospect.

Reacting to the call-up the unassuming Isiekwe told of his excitement at the prospect of improving while away with the squad.

He said: “I feel very shocked, it’s been a good week for me. I’m a bit speechless to be honest but I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead in terms of physical and mental preparation.

“It’s a big achievement and hopefully I can learn as much as I can and pick up as much experience as I can and just really knuckle down.

“I’m very happy for the other Sarries lads involved in the squad and it’s an amazing achievement for them as well to be recognised in this way.

“The rugby we’ve played up to this point has been at a different intensity but all the things we’ve learned around the game will be put into fruition when the time comes.

“I’m joined by some good company who I can learn a lot from. They have a lot of wisdom and I can’t wait to learn from them and hopefully it will make me a better rugby player.”

Isiekwe was picked up by Sarries from Old Albanians after a trial when he was 13. While being educated at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire he captained Hertfordshire U16 and Saracens U17.

He joins fellow former Haileybury students Jamie George and Chris Wyles in earning international recognition while playing for Saracens and forwards coach Alex Sanderson has spent a lot of time working with Isiekwe and he has spoken highly of the youngster’s talent.

He said: ““He’s worked hard on his basic skills and his knowledge about how he can fit into our structure and our environment here and in recent months, he’s really come on and matured.

“He is still very young but what he has got in an abundance is athletic ability and talent certainly and hopefully what will be evident will be his enthusiasm to make a statement and carve out a position for himself in the team going forward.”

Isiekwe has been part of the ‘A’ setup since 2015 and has represented England throughout the youth levels. Isiekwe was a key figure in England’s U20 Six Nations Grand-Slam triumph earlier in 2017.

Having impressed on his Premiership debut at Stadium MK at the weekend, this call-up will be a steep learning curve for the teenage lock-forward as he takes on the challenge of facing an experienced Argentine squad.

Lozowski hoping to seize England chance

For the third successive time, Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski has been named in Eddie Jones’ England squad since his move to north London in the summer of 2016.

It’s been something of a breakthrough season for the 23-year-old who got his chance after injuries at the start of the season and seized it with both hands. He has played in 19 Premiership matches so far for Sarries, starting 15 and has fully integrated himself within the England setup.

The former Wasps and Leeds Carneigie man is yet to make his England bow though but with Red Rose head coach Eddie Jones seeking to test the depth of his squad during the tour, the time could be nigh for the son of former Wasps captain Rob Lozowski.

However, the youngster who only pursued a career rugby after getting released from Chelsea aged 16 is keeping his feet on the ground and insists that he sees the tour as a chance to stake his claim within the England elite setup.

He said: “I’m really happy to be in the squad, having been part of the squad during the autumn and then during the Six Nations without getting a chance to play I suppose it’s exciting to get another chance in the squad and hopefully put my hand up to get some game time.

“Also, I think it’s thoroughly deserved for Nick and Nathan. They’re young and exciting, talented players. There’s lots to be gained from the environment and I think the period we’ll spend away is going to be good with a bunch of other good players who we’ll be able to pick things up from.”

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