BOWDON RUFC have more than just a passing interest in this year’s Six Nations championship.

Not only is their resident Sale Sharks coach, Josh Strauss, tearing it up for the Scotland senior side, but three of the club’s former young players are making the grade in the Six Nations Under-20s' Championship.

Scrum-half Gus Warr, hooker Ewan Ashman and back-rower Jack Hill, who all played in the the club's hugely successful mini and junior section. have been called up for international duty.

Warr has been selected for the England Under-20s, with Ashman and Hill getting the nod for Scotland Under-20s.

All three played together in the same team at Bowdon, with Warr and Hill enjoying two Cheshire Cup wins at u15 and u16 age groups.

It is a remarkable achievement for a local club to develop and produce three international age-grade players, and even more so from the same team.

Coach Andy Rink said: “We are all so delighted to see Jack, Ewan and Gus do so well at national u20 age group level.

"They are a great example to our current crop of youngsters of what can come from hard work and commitment.

"They always wanted to improve, never got ahead of themselves and always played their hearts out for Bowdon.

"Everyone is looking forward to the Scotland v England encounter.”

After their junior years at Bowdon, the three team-mates played for Sale Sharks' U18 academy before Warr and Ashman signed professional contracts with the club and Hill went on to Durham University to play in the Super BUCS league.

All three will be throwing their hats in the ring for selection for this year's Under-20 World Rugby Cup to be held in Argentina in June, with Hill and Ashman, still currently under 19, eligible for next year's event as well.