North Yorkshireman sets out hopes for new season as he returns to Falcons training
Falcons and England U20s second row Will Witty is back in training at Kingston Park, following his summer exploits and the U20’s World Championships and is counting on hard work to create opportunities to allow him to continue his rapid rise through the ranks.
Witty is one of a number of exciting talents vying for the four and five shirts this season, after making an impressive start to his Falcons career in 2014/15.
“I was over the moon to make that rise, but this year it is about putting hard work in down here and hopefully getting some more game time and push for a spot. That’s all I can do, put the hard work in and hope it pays off.”
“There is a lot of competition for those spaces and there’s no guarantee, so you have to keep working hard and hope it comes along.”
The Man from Malton exploded onto the scene in his first year as a full time member of the clubs senior academy, by scoring a try only two minutes into his first team debut against Bucharest Wolves at Kingston Park in October 2014.
Proving that to be no lucky shot, he was one of many young Falcons to shine a week later away to Newport Gwent Dragons, with his poachers try from a mistake forced by harrying fullback Lee Byrne a key moment as the Falcons took a memorable 26-30 win over the Welsh side.
While injury prevented him from joining the England U20s for the Six Nations in the spring, Witty impressed enough in his first Aviva Premiership appearances, off the bench away to Gloucester & Sale, to earn a spot in the World Championship squad for June’s tournament in Italy.
“It was a great experience; to get picked to go in the first place I was really pleased with that, it was a massive thing.”
“After not being able to play in the Six Nations to actually play and start in the semi final and final was great.”
While England ultimately fell in the final to New Zealand, Witty was one of many to turn in eye catching performances across the tournament and enhance his burgeoning reputation.
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