Home bow would be 'honour' for Arnott
Jack Arnott is desperately hoping to make his England Under-20 debut on home soil this week.
The former St Boniface and Ivybridge Community College pupil is named in an extended England squad for Friday's opening Six Nations Under-20 Championship match against Scotland, which will take place at Plymouth Albion's Brickfields ground.
Arnott should have made his debut at Under-20 level last season when he travelled with England to Italy, but the game was postponed due to bad weather. He was disappointed that game was called off but he admits the chance to make his debut in his home town would be a dream come true.
"It is obviously something I have wanted since I found out the game was going to be down here," said the Exeter Chiefs and Albion wing. "Fingers and everything else crossed that I get to feature down here. I'm just waiting to find out now.
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"I had that game last year but it was called off, so I am still waiting to be capped at this level. It would be a massive honour to just pull on the shirt, but especially even more to play here."
Arnott, along with fellow Plymothian Henry Slade, has been training with the England Under-20 party in the last couple of weeks.
"The squad has trained really well and whoever does start will put on a show," said Arnott. "As a squad we want to win the Six Nations again."
Tickets for Friday's televised game with Scotland have been selling fast. Both main stands at Brickfields are nearly sold out, but there is still plenty of standing available for the international.
Arnott will be watched by a lot of supporters inside the ground, as will fellow Westcountry players, Slade, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Sam Hill.
"Regardless of whether I am starting or not, I will have a big fan base down here and I know a few of the other local lads have quite a few people coming up as well," said Arnott."
Arnott's inclusion in the England Under-20 party will probably mean he will not be involved in Albion's trip to Leeds on Sunday.
That match is a replay, after the first Championship fixture at the start of January went to uncontested scrums. Leeds won 34-16, but the Rugby Football Union quashed the result and ordered the fixture to be played again.