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Your News Nick Tompkins treasures England Under 16 memories

England Under 16s captain Nick Tompkins said he will treasure the memories of a momentous week in his rugby career for the rest of his life.

The centre, who plays for Bishop Justus School, Old Elthamians RFC, Saracens Academy and Kent, was given the honour of leading England in their wins against Italy Under 17s at Macclesfield and Wales Under 16s at Fylde today.

Tompkins, along with the 22 other players who represented England in the two internationals, was also presented with his first international jersey at an emotional ceremony attended by 120 family and friends on the morning of the Italy match.

“It’s been a memorable week,” Tompkins said. “Where to start? Being England captain is one of the biggest achievements you can have but I have said to the lads is that in a way we are all captains and leaders. The hardest decision I have to make is call heads or tails.

“This is the biggest thing that has happened to me in my life so far and it’s something I will never forget. I have enjoyed every second of it.

“Looking back the week has gone quickly and I wish the games were 80 minutes rather than 70. I think the boys could have played a game every day.

“The coaching staff and the management have made it so easy for us. They have patched us up for games and kept us in good shape.

“The Wales match was a real testament to the lads. We expressed ourselves in every sense.

“We were told that this team will never come back play together again but I know that every single player is going remember the experiences we shared this week.

“There were a few tears in the eyes at the shirt presentation ceremony. No matter what else you do in or out of rugby, winning your first England shirt is special and one of the memories that you will never ever forget.”

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