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Rising star Henry Pollock named U20 Six Nations Player of the Tournament

Rising Northampton Saints starlet Henry Pollock has been named as the U20 Six Nations Player of the Tournament. 

The flanker, 19, picked up three Man of the Match awards during the Championship and started all five matches. He also finished the tournament with four tries, including a hat-trick in the opening game against Italy.

Pollock also made the third most carries (56) and defensive ruck arrivals (33) in this year’s Championship.

Commenting on winning the award, Pollock said: “I am very honoured to win the award. I want to thank everyone that has worked around me to get me to where I am now.”

He added: “It was a great tournament to be involved in. We built really well through the five games, and it was credit to the whole squad. It was a very good campaign, and we are now looking ahead and excited for the World Championship this summer.”

Julie Paterson, Chief of Rugby at Six Nations Rugby, added: ”Each year the Under-20 Six Nations Championship highlights the incredible talent each union and federation are developing. Henry is certainly a star in the making, and fully deserves his award. He is also a great example of the rugby pathway that the Under-18 Festivals and then Under-20 Championship offers, and its ability to provide a platform for such talented young players to showcase their skills, but also gain vital international rugby experience.”

Henry Pollock made his debut for the Saints last season in their Premiership Cup clash with London Irish. A week later he would go onto score his first try for the club against Saracens, making him the club’s youngest try scorer in the professional era.

Henry Pollock in action-Credit: IMAGO

He made his Premiership debut this season, coming off the bench against Leicester Tigers in November.