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England Students name team to face Portugal

04 March 2011

  • Boyle at lock is only change to winning XV
  • Mitchell captains in place of appendicitis victim Warden
Tom Sargeant in action for England Students against France Universities

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England Students have named their team to face Portugal's national side in Lisbon on Saturday, March 5 (kick-off 3pm).

Bristol University centre Tom Mitchell will captain England Students against a Portugal side ranked at number 20 in the world by the International Rugby Board.

It will be a tough assignment with the Portuguese fresh from three matches in the Six Nations B competition in February, including wins over Romania and Russia, both of whom have qualified for this year's Rugby World Cup.

Will Warden skippered England to a 25-23 win in their opening match of the season against France Universities last Friday (February 25).

But the Loughborough University lock had an operation to remove his appendix on Tuesday and is replaced in the starting XV by Richard Boyle of Northumbria University.

In the only other change to the 22, Bristol second row Luke Bellinger takes Boyle's vacant spot on the bench.

With Mitchell stepping up to the captaincy, his role as vice captain goes to flanker Tom Sargeant.

Tom Sargeant promoted to vice captain

The Portuguese won their inaugural meeting with England Students 21-18 at the Estádio Universitário in January 2010, the same venue as Saturday's match.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for us to play a well-ranked international side," said Pete Drewett, England Students team manager.

"It is bad luck to lose Will Warden who led the team superbly against the French but we have a number of leaders in the side in different areas of the game and Tom Sargeant will look after the forwards.

"Richard Boyle was pushing for a start last week and it's a good chance for him to show what he can do."

England trained next door to the Estádio Universitário yesterday afternoon in warm conditions and their kickers practised on the main pitch which Drewett described as "a great surface".

"The team played without fear against France and capitalised on their opportunities with three good tries," he added.

"They had to adapt quickly after a difficult first 10 minutes but the spirit was good and so was the defensive organisation."

England Students team

England Students team to face Portugal
Player University
15 Louis Messer UWIC
14 Ed Styles Loughborough
13 Tom Mitchell (C) 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 Richard Boyle Northumbria
5 Matt Smith UWIC
6 Alex Waddingham Loughborough
7 Tom Sargeant Exeter
8 Richard de Carpentier UWIC

Player University
16 Jack Yeandle UWIC
17 Mohammed Mustafa Liverpool
18 Luke Bellinger Bristol
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 (W 25-23)
  • Saturday, March 5 v Portugal, Lisbon
  • Saturday, March 26 v France Universities, Versailles

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