Stooke is tipped for England

Stooke is tipped for England

Stooke is tipped for England

First published in Sport

GLOUCESTER’S rampaging rugby lock Elliott Stooke could come into the senior England reckoning, according to Kingsholm director of rugby Nigel Davies.

The ex-Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham, pupil and Stow-on-the-Wold player, 20, has been one of their standout performers during a dismal campaign. Stooke was in England’s successful Junior World Cup-winning side.

Davies said: “Our pack has taken a bit of criticism but Elliott has played a big part.

He’s only 20 but is developing all the time and he’s only going to get better.”

Stooke said: “Watching Martin Johnson lift the World Cup in 2003 inspired me to want to be someone like that — what a great man.

“There are other phenomenal players out there, like Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha, and I study guys like that to try and add things to my game.”

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