Malins all set for a perfect summer to cap perfect year

PUBLISHED: 16:43 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 02 May 2017

England's Max Malins breaks to score a try for England during the Under 20's Rugby Union World Cup match at the City Academy Stadium, Manchester.

England's Max Malins breaks to score a try for England during the Under 20's Rugby Union World Cup match at the City Academy Stadium, Manchester.

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Max Malins is all set to put the cherry on top of the cake after what has been an excellent year for England U20s and him personally.

The former Saffron Walden rugby club junior and Felsted pupil will be part of the England squad who is heading to Georgia next month to defend their U20 Rugby World Championship.

It follows a year which also saw them complete the grand slam in the U20 Six Nations.

And Malins, who made his Saracens first-team debut this year, is in a positive mood.

“We’ve got a big task,” he said. “We’ve given ourselves a reputation after winning the grand slam in the Six Nations and obviously after winning [the World Championship] last year. But we have the squad to live up to it.

“We’ve got a one-week camp in mid-May, then a week off and then it’s off to Georgia to do the job.

“It’s been a huge year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in the U20s and I’ve had my stint at 10 as well, which is always nice. We’ll see what happens in Georgia with players coming back from injury but I really love the way we’re playing.”

Malins was speaking after a man-of-the match performance for Old Albanian, for whom he has been dual-registered this season, in their 29-24 win over Blaydon in National One.

And he put that down to his time in and around the Saracens first team.

He said: “You gain a lot from the experiences you get just being in the squad and coming off the bench in Premiership games from Saracens. A lot of learning goes into it.

“And it helps coming into games like this in National One with my game understanding and makes things easier. Those games coming off the bench, and A League games as well, do pay dividends.”

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