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England Students name 22 for tough Portugal trip

26 January 2010

  • Burgess’s boys all set for Lisbon test
  • Step up in class from last season’s “international” with Netherlands

England Students captain Phil Burgess

Photo: RFU Archive

England Students have named a 22-man squad for their trip to Lisbon to take on the Portugal national team on Saturday (January 30).

Loughborough flanker Phil Burgess will captain the team at the Estádio Universitário de Lisboa, as the Students take a step up from last season’s “international” meeting with the Netherlands.

Portugal are ranked 21st in the world by the official International Rugby Board rankings, and took part in the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. The Netherlands XV, ranked 41 by the IRB at the time, were defeated 68-7 by the Students in Amsterdam last April.

"It will be a tough match but this is a challange we are looking forward to immensely," said Paul Westgate, England Students head coach.

England Students have won their last seven matches, and nine of their past 10, and are looking for a good start to their season with fixtures to follow against Irish Colleges in Newcastle on February 26 and France Universities in Riom on March 19.

Among the squad, who will fly to Lisbon on Wednesday (January 27), are previously capped players Burgess, Oxford wing Sean Morris, Bristol hooker Adam Bellamy, Cambridge No.8 Ben Maidment, Loughborough scrum half Will Chudleigh and Exeter wing Tom Hockedy.

England Students Squad

Matt Berry, prop (Loughborough)
Adam Bellamy, hooker (Bristol)
Oliver Mines, prop (Durham)
Tim Brockett, prop
Patrick Crossley, hooker (Cambridge)
Jon Aston, second row (Loughborough)
Andrew Archibald, second row (Northumbria)
Mark Wilson, flanker (Northumbria)
Phil Burgess, flanker (Loughborough, capt)
Ben Maidment, No.8 (Cambridge)
Royce Cadman, second row (Hartpury)
Alex Waddingham, flanker (Durham)
Will Chudleigh, scrum half (Loughborough)
Mike Ward, fly half (Durham)
Tom Hockedy, wing (Exeter)
Tom Mitchell, centre (Bristol)
Matt Humphries, centre (UWE)
Sean Morris, wing (Oxford)
John Bordiss, full back (Exeter)
Greg Nicholls, scrum half (Bristol)
Paul Roberts, fly half (Bath)
James Crozier, full back/wing (Durham)

Non-travelling reserves:

Derek Salisbury, prop (Edge Hill)
George Thomas, hooker (Loughborough)
Will Warden, second row (Loughborough)
Lewie Messer, centre (UWIC)

England Students fixtures 2010

England Students v Portugal (away): January 30, Estádio Universitário, Lisbon, kick off 3pm
England Students v Irish Colleges (home): February 26, Kingston Park Stadium, Newcastle, 7.30pm
England Students v France Universities (away): March 19, Riom, 7pm