Tom West reflects on England's World Rugby Under 20 win

We caught up with Wasps Senior Academy prop Tom West after he helped England win the Under 20s world title alongside fellow Wasps Jack Willis and Will Stuart.

West said: “It was an unbelievable experience to be involved in the tournament, especially with it being on home soil, which meant we were playing in-front of friends and family. It was amazing running out in front of a home crowd for every game.

“I had watched the last couple of tournaments on TV and to have the chance to be involved in one was a bit surreal, but thoroughly enjoyable. The Under 20s set up this year has been amazing it’s a great squad and the brand of rugby we were trying to play was very exciting.

“I think every team playing in the tournament was aspiring to win it. There isn’t much point being there if you don’t want to try and win it, so to be able to say that out of 12 teams we were the side that won it in the end is very pleasing.”

The 20-year-old loose-head prop has relished being involved in the Senior Academy for his second season and spent much of the year on loan at National One side Henley Hawks.

“It has been great to be involved in the Senior Academy set up this year, and training full time with the first team has really helped all of us youngsters improve each week.

“It was great to share the whole experience at the World Championships with Will (Stuart) and Jack (Willis), it’s always an incredible honour to put on the England shirt but to do it with two lads you train with every day and live with was something really special.”

It has been a great few weeks for English rugby with the senior squad’s 3-0 series win in Australia and West said the Under 20s squad watched on proudly in camp.

“You always aspire to be like the players who are at the top of the game and it’s pretty amazing to see what they have managed to achieve over the last few weeks. I think we took a lot of motivation and belief from watching them.”

West is not resting on his laurels after his summer exploits and is already thinking about next season. 

“Next season I am excited to to try and build on this experience and make the most of any opportunities that come my way."