- Students set for two matches with France and one v Portugal
- Drewett returns as manager ahead of Richmond opener
Photo: RFU Archive
England Students team manager Peter Drewett has named a squad of 26 players from which the team to face France Universities at Richmond FC on Friday February 25 will be selected.
It is the first of England Students’ three matches this season. They will face the Portugal national side in Lisbon before a re-match with the French in Versailles, both in March.
France won last year’s meeting with England Students 35-22 in Riom.
"We have a good squad of players, many of whom will go on to play a high standard of club rugby," said Drewett, who has taken the reins again, having previously coached or managed England’s Under 21s, U19s and Students.
"Historically the French have taken student rugby very seriously. They have compared the universities’ side to their A team.
"We have a mix of players who have met the French before and are determined to turn the tables, plus up and coming players who can’t wait to get out on the pitch.
"I’m grateful to the previous Students’ manager, Keith Green, for making it a seamless transition for me and I am looking forward to three good matches against quality opposition that will give the English players a great test and hopefully some fantastic memories."
The squad was developed through two weekends of trials at Loughborough University in December and January, and the 26 will train at Uppingham School in Rutland – where England Students head coach Paul Westgate is director of sport – on Sunday February 13.
The match with a 7.30pm kick-off at the Athletic Ground on Friday February 25 should be an entertaining warm-up to the following day’s England v France RBS 6 Nations meeting just up the road at Twickenham Stadium.
Tickets are £5 or £10, available on the gate or by calling Richmond FC on 020 8940 0397.
England Students squad v France Universities
Adam Bellamy – Bristol, Hooker
Richard Boyle – Northumbria, Second row
Fred Burdon – Cambridge, Centre
Alex Cheesman – Oxford, Centre
Richard de Carpentier – UWIC, No.8
George Drake – Loughborough, Fly half
Callum Grant – Reading, Scrum half
Sam Lockwood - Leeds Met, Prop
Mike Macfarlane – Loughborough, No.8
Louis Messer – UWIC, Full back
Sam Miller – Bath, Wing
Tom Mitchell – Bristol, Centre
Mohammed Mustafa – Liverpool, Prop
Camilo Parilli-Ocampo – Loughborough, Prop
Chris Reakes – Exeter, Fly half
Rob Saltrick – Manchester, Flanker
Tom Sargeant – Exeter, Flanker
Will Simpson – Loughborough, Centre
Matt Smith – UWIC, Second row
Jack Steadman – Loughborough, Prop
Ed Styles – Loughborough, Full back
Ed Tellwright – UWIC, Wing
Alex Waddingham – Loughborough, Flanker
William Warden – Loughborough, Second row
Russell Weir – Loughborough, Scrum half
Jack Yeandle – UWIC, Hooker