Earle nominated for IRB Junior Player of the Year

  • Saracens wing recognised for prolific form
  • Earle has five JWC tries so far

England Under 20 wing Nathan Earle has been nominated by the IRB for the prestigious Junior Player of the Year Award.

The Saracens flier has been in scintillating form at the Junior World Championship in New Zealand – scoring five tries in the tournament, including a hat-trick in the opening game against Italy.

South Africa captain Handre Pollard, New Zealand wing Tevita Li and Ireland centre Gary Ringrose have also been nominated. 

England U20 face South Africa in the Championship final on Friday at Eden Park (kick-off 8.35am, live on Sky Sports), and Earle can’t wait to get out there.

He said: “We’re all unbelievably excited about the final – we know that it’s going to be physical and South Africa will provide us with a real test, but we’re looking forward to it.”

On his nomination, Earle added: “It’s humbling to get nominated for the award. I’m up against some pretty talented players so to even be considered is a massive honour.

“I was genuinely pretty surprised to hear I was nominated, I’ve been happy with how I’ve been playing but it’s been down to the team putting me in the positions.”