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Delighted Thorley 'tremendously excited' at England call-up for Guinness Six Nations

Delighted Thorley 'tremendously excited' at England call-up for Guinness Six Nations
Ollie Thorley spoke this morning of his shock and delight at an England call-up after he was named in the 35-man squad for the Guinness Six Nations which get underway next month.

Speaking to the Gloucester Rugby Club Website shortly after finding out the news, Thorley was delighted to be looking ahead to an international training camp, and the opportunities it will bring over the coming weeks, after a stand out spell in Cherry and White after recovering from injury to return to action in early November.

Thorley found out when Head Coach Johan Ackermann announced to the full squad in their Thursday morning team meeting, and the winger was delighted to share that moment with his team mates and friends.

“It was incredibly exciting for me, that’s the main emotion, I was full of excitement when Johan told me.

“I genuinely wasn’t expecting it all, and so it took a bit of time for me to process what Johan was saying to me. It was really nice that he told me in front of all of the boys as well, and I really appreciated that. Excitement is the big word for me!”

Thorley had a first taste of time in an England camp when he attended a meet-up a few weeks ago, and he cannot wait for more chances to learn in an intense environment.

“It is definitely intense, and I think you could tell that from the moment you walked in. There was a great buzz around the place, and it was incredibly focused.

“Everyone knows what their goals are, and I sort of like the intent that everyone has. It goes without saying how professional the environment felt, and everything like that.

“Going there and getting a taste of it made me want to experience it again, so I’m really excited to have the opportunity to do that in the coming weeks.

“The camp will of course, compared to that, be a step up, but it will be a good one.”

[caption id="attachment_24280" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ollie Thorley (Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby)[/caption]

Eddie Jones taking notice of Thorley’s form, and potential has seen him named in this group, and Thorley takes a lot of confidence that his name has been included in the squad, especially ahead of the Guinness Six Nations closest to Rugby World Cup 2019.

“I’m just glad that after putting some focus on developing my game this year it has been spotted and I want to grow on the pitch from this.

“There’s been a couple of games at Gloucester Rugby who have been helping me out, and giving me pointers like Charlie Sharples, Tom Marshall and the like.

“It is really good to get the recognition from England, and from Eddie Jones, and now I’m just really excited to get into the camp, and learn a lot more and get started.”

[caption id="attachment_24922" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Ollie Thorley Ollie Thorley dives for the line (Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby)[/caption]

Thorley is one of four uncapped players in the 35-man group for the tournament which gets underway on the 1st February before England take on Ireland a day later in Dublin.

The 22 year old reflects on his earliest rugby experiences being watching classic Six Nations encounters, and he is chomping at the bit to have his own taste of the famous competition.

“The Six Nations has got to be one of the best tournaments in World Rugby, if not, the best. I’m tremendously excited, and it’s going to be a great first game taking on Ireland.

‘It’s going to be incredibly competitive in terms of selection for that game, but I am going to give it a best shot. I’m hugely excited, and honoured to be named to potentially play for England, and I think it’s going to be amazing.

“It’s a very proud moment for me, and I’m thankful to everyone around me who have helped me get to this point.”
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