Bath's Chris Cook eyes England U20 World Cup success

Chris Cook
Cook is preferred at scrum-half to Gloucester's Dan Robson

Bath scrum-half Chris Cook believes the England Under-20 side are good enough to win the Junior World Cup in Italy.

The 20-year-old has been preferred to Gloucester's Dan Robson for the opening match against Ireland on Friday and says they have quality throughout.

"No matter who starts we have got an awesome team so that's why I'm so confident," Cook told BBC Bristol.

"At half-time if we need to change things we can bring people on and we'll almost be a better team for it."

He continued: "So that strength and depth in the squad should hopefully take us through to winning [the tournament]."

Head coach Rob Hunter sticks with the same XV that beat Ireland 46-15 in March to claim the 6 Nations Grand Slam.

Recently-departed Bristol prop Mako Vunipola and Gloucester centre Ryan Mills retain their places with Robson on the bench.

"For a young team we've got loads of experience and talent and selection for the coaches has been really tough," said Cook.

"A few of the boys have played in the Premiership already and quite a few have Heineken Cup experience too."

Having now established himself in the under-20 set-up Cook's ultimate ambition is to run out at Twickenham for the senior England side.

"You dream about it [playing for your country] but you never think it's going to materialise," he admitted.

"It happened for me at England Under-18s as I didn't get selected for Under-16s and I was devastated and there were a few tears."

"So I hope I can go on and play for England in the future as that would be unreal."

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