The Angling Trust reports: Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing has announced the squad for the IV 5 Nations competition, sponsored by Cortland, which will be held in England from 16th – 21st July 2017.
England will have two teams competing in the event which will be held at Stocks Reservoir and the River Ribble. Teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium have also been invited to participate.
Following England’s recent review of their approach to the 5 Nations event, the England teams will contain a blend of anglers with experience of World or European FIPS-Mouche events, anglers with experience of IFFA Home Internationals and younger anglers who are showing potential to succeed in the international arena.
England Blue will be captained by three-time former European team member Tony Baldwin, who will be joined by Mark Withyman and youngsters Tom Gott and Tom Speak.
England Red will be led by the vastly experienced World and European team member Simon Kidd and supported by Carl Nixon, Harry Fox and Tom Bird. Mark Harrison will complete the squad as the official reserve.
England manager Paul Davison said: “I’m delighted with the squad we have chosen for my first competition as manager. We have a great blend of experienced and up and coming anglers and the 5 Nations event provides us with the opportunity to develop our skill sets in a FIPS-Mouche style competition. The planning and preparation has already begun, Stocks is a venue the team and myself know well and we will be going all out to win the event.”
2017 will be the first time England have hosted this event, Ireland played host in 2015 and 2016 while Scotland hosted the inaugural event in 2013, an event where Team England swept the board claiming team gold and silver while individual honours followed for Robert Brown and Paul Lee as they took gold and bronze respectively. England will be looking to repeat that feat when the nations descend upon Waddow Hall in July.