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Two captains from Cobham for U20 Junior World Championships

Jack Clifford for England and Tom Bliss for USA... Additional photos added

Bliss Clifford at JWCWednesday 5th June is the start date for the IRB Junior World Championships which pit the top twelve U20 teams from around the world against each other for the JWC Cup. Played annually, last year South Africa won the coveted trophy.

Not content with one but two of the 12 captains have emerged from the talented Youth set up at Cobham Rugby. 

Huge congratulations to Jack Clifford who captains England U20 and also to Tom Bliss who captains USA U20. Both lads were part of the extremely successful U18 squad from 2 years ago at Cobham who won the RFU National Cup as well as the Surrey championships every year since the Minis. Jack is now playing for Harlequins and Tom is at the end of his second year at Loughborough University.

For those wondering why Blissy gets the accolade of playing for, let alone captaining, the USA he was born in New York, leaving when he was 5 months old to return with his parents back to Blighty.

The JWC was officially launched on Sunday 2nd June. For an IRB news article click here.

The JWC is being shown on Sky Sports and the fixture schedule can be found by clicking here.

Both USA and England are in Pool A (along with SA and France) England play USA on Thursday 13th June in La Roche sur Yon. All support welcome! Allegedly Blissy senior is learning the words to the Star Spangled Banner as an alternative to God Save the Queen.

JWC Captains

Above is the picture of the Pool A Captains. Blissy cleverly gets on a step to appear to be the same height as the French Captain. Jack in England White looks in imperious form. The SA Captain is Ruan Steenkamp who both Jack and Tom have played against before when he was captain at Monument High School and the Cobham (then U15) squad toured South Africa in 2008.

Bliss Clifford

Tom Bliss and Jack Clifford some 7 years ago at U13 having just won the inaugural Nando's Cup at Cobham. Bit of a difference in size and shape these days.