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Ledger named as England Under 16 captain

10 March 2010

  • Whitgift and Surrey No.8 to lead England in Four Nations
  • Also plays for Sutton & Epsom and Harlequins EPDG

Whitgift Scholl and Harlequins flanker Harry Ledger has been named England Under 16 captain

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Harry Ledger, back-row forward from Whitgift School, Sutton & Epsom RFC, Surrey and Harlequins’ elite player development group, has been named the captain of the England Under 16 squad.

Ledger will lead England in the annual Four Nations Tournament in Italy next month (April 3-10), having received the news of his appointment from lead coach Phil Stanlake last week. It was announced to the rest of the 26-player squad during last weekend’s training camp at Cokethorpe School (March 6-7).

"The England U16 coaches have been considering their choice over a period of time and Harry has got the nod for his personal qualities and the way he leads by example on the field," said Stanlake.

"He turns 16 this month and a measure of his quality is he has been playing in the Whitgift School 1st XV which has reached the final of the Daily Mail RBS Under 18 Cup."

Ledger played at No.8 in England U16s’ practice match against a Combined Academies U17 side last weekend but has the ability to slot in across the back row.

If selected by Whitgift for their schools cup final against RGS Newcastle, Ledger will be playing at Twickenham Stadium in the Daily Mail RBS U18 Cup on March 31, and flying with the England U16 squad to Rome the following day.

Four Nations Tournament fixtures

Sunday April 3, Stadio Unione Rugby Capitolina (local time):
Italy v France (2pm)
Wales v England (4pm)

Tuesday April 6, Campo Acqua Acetosa Giulio Onesti (local time):
Italy v Wales (2pm)
England v France (4pm)

Sunday April 10, Stadio Flaminio (local time):
Wales v France (2.30pm)
Italy v England (4.30pm)