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England Students name team to face France

24 February 2011

  • Five Loughborough University players in starting XV
  • Up to 16 new England Students caps at Richmond
Bristol and England Students centre Tom Mitchell

Photo: RFU Archive

England Students have named the team to face France Universities at Richmond Athletic Ground tomorrow (Friday, February 25, kick-off 7.30pm).

Loughborough University captain and second row Will Warden, 23, will skipper the side as one of five Loughborough players in the starting XV, with another on the bench.

Six of the 22 have been capped previously by England Students; Warden, Tom Mitchell, Adam Bellamy, Alex Waddingham, Louis Messer and Paul Roberts.

It is the first of England Students' three matches this season. They will face the Portugal national side in Lisbon on March 5 before a re-match with the French in Versailles on March 26.

France Universities won last year’s meeting 35-22 in Riom.

England Students head coach Paul Westgate said: "France will be tough. Their student players tend to be attached to Top 14 clubs so their day to day rugby is different and they play less university rugby then ours do.

"We are excited and we believe we have got a very strong squad capable of playing good rugby. We beat the French two years ago and it would be great to kick off 2011 with the same result."

*Tickets for Friday's match are £10 adults, £5 students and free to U16, available on the gate or by calling Richmond FC on 020 8940 0397.

England team

England Students team to face France
Player Club
15 Louis Messer UWIC
14 Ed Styles Loughborough
13 Tom Mitchell (VC) Bristol
12 Alex Cheesman Oxford
11 Sam Miller Bath
10 Chris Reakes Exeter
9 Russell Weir Loughborough
1 Samuel Lockwood Leeds Met
2 Adam Bellamy Bristol
3 Camilo Parilli-Ocampo Loughborough
4 Will Warden (C) Loughborough
5 Matt Smith UWIC
6 Alex Waddingham Loughborough
7 Tom Sargeant Exeter
8 Richard de Carpentier UWIC
Player Club
16 Jack Yeandle UWIC 
17 Mohammed Mustafa Liverpool
18 Richard Boyle Northumbria
19 Mike Macfarlane Loughborough
20 Callum Grant Reading 
21 Paul Roberts Bath
22 Fred Burdon Cambridge

England Students fixtures 2010/11

Friday, February 25: v France Universities, Richmond

Saturday, March 5: v Portugal, Lisbon

Saturday, March 26: v France Universities, Versailles.

England Students results 2009/10

  • Portugal 21 England Students 18 (Lisbon)
  • England Students 42 Irish Colleges 9 (Gosforth)
  • France Universities 35 England Students 22 (Riom)