- Revised Divisional Festival features four matches at Broadstreet RFC
- London & South East side named for first match with the Midlands
The London & South East Under 16 selectors have named their team to face the Midlands in the first of their two matches at this weekend’s (January 22-24) expanded England 16 Group Divisional Festival at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry.
London & South East U16 will meet the Midlands on Friday January 22, with a 12pm kick off, before taking on the North on Sunday January 24 at 11am. The South West will face the North on Friday (2pm) and the Midlands on Sunday (1pm).
Friday’s matches are those re-scheduled after the cold weather forced the cancellation of the first Divisional Festival earlier this month.
"All 24 players in our squad will get a chance to play this weekend and we are looking forward to seeing how they get on," said David Turner, Chairman of the London & South East U16 selectors.
"And for some of those who just missed out on selection, there will be a further opportunity when a Reds v Blues trial match takes place at Stowe School on February 7."
Turner and the London & South East coaches will consult with the England Under 16 selectors and coaches after Friday’s first match, to decide the team for Sunday’s meeting with the North.
David Maughan, the England U16 manager who has succeeded George Squires (now chairman of the England 16 Group) this season, said: "This expanded festival is a case of us doing our best to catch up on the time lost. We are keeping our fingers crossed there is no further disruption with the weather, and we have Moseley's 3G pitch on standby if necessary.
"We are looking forward to seeing boys from all of England's divisions in action in four enjoyable matches this weekend."
All the England 16 Group selectors and coaches, including England Under 16 lead coach Phil Stanlake and U16 A lead coach Steve Shortland, will be present at Broadstreet to see promising young players from around the country as the season builds towards the international fixtures in April.
England Under 16 will take part in the annual Four Nations Tournament with Wales, France and this year's hosts Italy. The England U16 A team will play three fixtures in the International Festival organised by the England Rugby Football Schools' Union. This will be staged at a new location this year, Wellington College in Berkshire.
London & South East Under 16s, v Midlands, Broadstreet RFC, Friday January 22, 12pm:
15 Antony Watson, St George’s College & Surrey
14 Billy Maddock, Lord Wandsworth College & Hampshire
13 Harry Sloan, The Skinners’ School & Kent
12 George Catchpole, Norwich School & Eastern Counties
11 Jordan Burns, Epsom College & Surrey
10 William Hooley, The Leys School & Eastern Counties
9 Simon Sexton, Wellington College & Surrey
1 Tom Smallbone, London Oratory School & Middlesex
2 Jamie Charlton-Little, Perins School & Hampshire
3 Tomas Rhodes, Flegg High School & Eastern Counties
4 Jack Ramshaw, Bay House School & Hampshire
5 Tom Hilton-Stevens, RGS Guildford & Surrey
6 Harry Ledger, Whitgift School & Surrey
7 Gabriel Carroll, St Joseph’s College & Eastern Counties (capt)
8 Alex Bradley, Bishop Wordsworth School & Hampshire
Thomas Clarke, Oaks Park High School & Essex, prop
Alfie Hutcherson, Billericay School & Essex, prop
Max Crumpton, The King John School & Essex, hooker
Harry Coates, Dorothy Stringer School & Sussex, hooker
Maro Itoje, St George’s School & Hertfordshire, second row
Harry Theologitis, Orleans Park School & Middlesex, flanker
James Thompson, Cranleigh School & Surrey, flanker
Luke Huelin, De La Salle College Jersey & Hampshire, scrum half
Nick Robinson, Beaumont School & Hertfordshire, centre