Sandal’s Allott represents England

Joe Allott
Joe Allott

Sandal RUFC player Joe Allott pulled on the famous white shirt of England last week as he represented his country in the tour of Georgia.

Allott turned out for England Counties U20 in both of their wins in Georgia, and started on Saturday as the visitors won 25-13.

Inside centre Allott was one of 24 young rugby stars from around the country selected for the squad, who travelled to Georgia last Monday and played two games at the Shevardeni High Performance Centre in Tbilisi.

He came off the bench for the first match on Wednesday, May 15, which finished in a narrow 16-14 win for England against the Georgia U20 Select XV.

Jesse Liston scored England’s only try of the game as Rob Avery-Wright added 11 points with the boot.

Allott was then selected in the starting XV for England’s second match on Saturday, and impressed in a much more comfortable 25-13 victory.

Ricky Cano, Thomas Banks and Samir Kharbouch all went over for England, with Avery-Wright adding two penalties and two conversions.

Head coach Bob Hood said: “This has been an excellent week in which we have achieved two wins and created a high quality environment for every player to develop.

“We are delighted with how this England Counties U20s programme continues to go from strength to strength.”

During the trip, the squad also carried out a coaching session at a local orphanage, also arranging for the children to serve as mascots and flag bearers for Saturday’s game.

Allott was part of the Sandal team who agonizingly missed out on promotion from the National 3 North by just three points this season.

In February, he scored a marvellous hat-trick as Sandal beat Lymm 51-10.