We sat down with England U20 winners Ciaran Parker & James Mitchell and asked them about their time with the international set-up.
"I'm sure Mitch has some sort of ADHD, he's got his own little switch: he comes in the room buzzing but by 10pm he's out!"
Mitchell said: "It was really good to win, it was a great eight weeks on the whole. We had a really good set of lads and to win the Championship at the end was really good. It was a bit gutting to lose that first game to Wales which stopped us getting that 'clean sheet' but hopefully we'll get it back.
Ciaran added: "It was a great experience with the lads, I bonded with a few of the players in the squad. To bounce back from that first week defeat to Wales was massive and especially when we went over to Ireland, which is where me and 'Mitch' got our first chance to start and that's where the tournament kicked on for us as a squad."
After the Ireland game, there was a tweet which appeared online which likened James to Gary Neville which James thought was funny: "It's been pretty weird!! I get it quite a lot from the people I play with. But a few of the Irish lads were having a pop at me saying I looked like Gary Neville and then it caught on social media and it went everywhere! Plus you had Will Greenwood saying at half-time I looked like him!
"Some of its' been funny. I got stopped at the airport on the way home saying "There's Gary!" I just find it pretty hilarious!"
Back on the field; the lads admitted they learnt a lot being with the side. Ciaran said: "I think it's been a fresh outlook for us, especially for me and Mitch who've been here at Sale for six months now. You go away with the England set up and get some fresh ideas and take them back with us to the first team here."
Parker added it has been good testing himself at scrum-time against international youngsters: "You are scrummaging with lads your own age, so they will be in a similar position to yourself. It's almost a bit of a breeding ground for young props to try new things, as at first team level, it's a lot more physical and more strength is involved so that's where you have to stick to certain ways. But that's where with the U20s you can experiment more."
They both are aiming to get in the squad for the Junior World Championships in Italy during the summer: "Yeah, I'd love to get in that squad - it would be a little prize at the end of the season and hopefully we can be both picked for that and if picked hopefully we can defend it! But I hope I won't have to share a room with Ciaran!! He's just messy and horrible and smelly!" he added with a wry smile on his face.
Ciaran piped up here & said: "I'm sure Mitch has some sort of ADHD, he's got his own little switch: he comes in the room buzzing but by 10pm he's out!"
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