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Rugby: Cornwall's next England star?

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

HIGH HOPES: Jack Stanley.

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JACK Nowell is not the only Cornishman impressing in an England shirt after Truro College's Jack Stanley starred in his country's U18s' win over Scotland at the weekend.

While Nowell's accession as a full international continues on the Six Nations stage, 17-year-old Stanley is continuing to make an impact at youth level.

On Sunday the Truro College student was named in head coach John Fletcher's starting XV and played around 60 minutes of England's hard-fought 28-6 win at Dalziel.

This was England's first international of the season as they prepare for next month's FIRA/AER European Championship in Poland.

And Jack, who plays for Exeter Chiefs' U18s, did his prospects of being included in Fletcher's final squad with a solid display at tight head prop.

He said: "I was pleased with my performance and hopefully I'll get another chance to show what I can do when we play against France.

"It was a great game to play in (against Scotland). They put a lot of pressure on us but we worked very hard and got the result we deserved."

Jack, a former Helston School and Bolitho School student, is now back at College in Truro, where he is in his first year of a Sports Performance & Excellence course.

This weekend he will be at home in Helston watching England's decisive Six Nations clash with Italy, where Nowell is likely to start for Stuart Lancaster's men.

Like Stanley, Nowell came through the Chiefs' renowned Academy system and the youngster will be hoping to follow in his footsteps.

Stanley said: "It's great to see Jack Nowell doing so well. We might be a little out of the way down here but it just shows you anybody can do it if you work hard enough.

"I've obviously got a long way to go but being involved with the Chiefs and England has been a great experience."

Stanley's involvement in the Chiefs' Academy has given the teenager valuable experience playing in the U18s League against sides such as Saracens.

Last season he played in the U18s' Premiership final win against Northampton.

He said: "It's amazing in my age group to be coming up against top young players. It can only help my game. Playing in the final against Northampton was a brilliant experience."

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