Two Reading-born rugby stars are poised to make their international debuts after being called up for the England squad.

Ollie Hassell-Collins, formerly of local club Newbury until age 16,ย and Will Joseph are both talents raised in the London Irish Academy in the English Premiership.

For more than 20 years the Exiles played their matches in Reading at the then-Madejski Stadium, enjoying a golden period of success in the mid-2000s.

They moved to the new Brentford Community Stadium last season but there are still Berkshire-links throughout.

Starlets Hassell-Collins and Joseph, younger brother of former London Irish and current Bath star Jonathan, have both impressed in West London as the Irish qualified for the European Champions Cup for the first time in a decade.

A prestigious Academy, former internationals Topsy Ojo, Anthony Watson and Delon Armitage have all learned their trade at Hazelwood.

England coach Eddie Jones has called up four London Irish stars in total, with Henry Arundell and Will Goodrick-Clarke joining Hassell-Collins and Joseph for the summer international against the Barbarians.

Speaking on his decision, Jones said: โ€œUpon release of the squad, England Head Coach Eddie Jones said: โ€œThis is a strong, diverse squad. There are a lot of exciting, young players and some experienced players who have another opportunity to shine.

โ€œEveryone will be given the chance to make their case for being part of the Australia tour squad while we prepare for the Barbarians.โ€