OB Fraser Dingwall (13-17) earned his first cap at U20 level in style as England sealed the Six Nations opener with a 27-17 bonus-point win over Italy on Friday 2 February.
The former Head of School and 1st XV captain, who secured a senior academy place with Northampton Saints upon leaving the school, is no stranger to the England shirt. Fraser enjoyed a successful tour of South Africa with England U18s with convincing wins over France U19s and South Africa Schools in their three-game tour last summer.
Director of Rugby, James Hinkins, gave us a fascinating insight into Fraser’s success, explaining: “Fraser’s most impressive rugby traits are his leadership and thought processing skills. Both are advanced beyond his years and unrivalled by most. On the field of play, almost like a sixth sense, he has the ability to process a snapshot of complex information and execute an appropriate and highly effective response, all in a split second. Playing at Bedford School he always seemed to be a yard or two ahead of the game and comfortable in highly chaotic situations. His progress has continued at an incredible rate and it’s great to see this has been rewarded by England U20, effectively a year young too”.
Next up for the England U20 squad is Wales at Kingston Park, Newcastle, on Friday 9 February. If you would like to follow Fraser’s progress, you can watch the match live on Sky Sports Action from 7.45pm.