England Academy international Joe Keyes says he wants to taste more England success in the future for the Knights and England first team.
Keyes, 19, played in the England Academy Tests against Australia at the end of 2014 and helped ensure the two teams shared the two-Test Autumn International Academy Series with a 28-14 win over the Aussies. It was the first time since 2010 that the England Academy had defeated their Australian counterparts.
“It was a really good experience that has benefited me in the short term but it will also be of benefit in the long term,” said the half-back. “I met some really good people including Elliot Minchella who I played alongside and is now down here with us. Playing for England is something I’d really like to do again one day.”
“I can hopefully push again for selection, this time to the England Knights. If I can have another good season this year and keep progressing my game I think there’s no reason why it can’t happen again. There’s obviously a lot of competition for England Knights and the England first team so if I want to be in with a shout for that I’ll have to keep working on my game and keep improving and hopefully that opportunity will come along.
“As long as I keep working week in, week out and improving my game anything is possible. It would mean the world to me, it was a massive honour to play for the England Academy so to get the opportunity at a higher level would be something I’ve dreamed about since I was little.”
England will play one of their three-match Test series games against New Zealand at the Olympic Stadium in London on Saturday 7th November.