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Old Swinford Hospital School flanker Josh Feek will dash from Broadstreet RFC near Coventry to Abingdon School in Oxfordshire after the Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 18 Cup semi-final against King’s School, Worcester on Saturday March 10.
Feek is double-booked this weekend having been selected for his school at Broadstreet and also in the England South Under 16 squad for their training camp at Abingdon.
But he will be able to fulfil both commitments with the help of the England management who will provide transport to enable him to make the trip to Abingdon after the semi-final.
“England have been very good about it and they are providing the transport to ensure that Josh can play for us and still take part in the session at Abingdon,” said Andrew Coalter, Old Swinford Hospital’s master in charge of rugby.
Old Swinford will also include lock/number eight Ed Taylor and centre/full-back Max Stelling, who have been included in the England Under 18 Clubs and Schools squad, as they attempt to reach the final for the first time.
This will be Old Swinford’s third U18 semi-final in eight years including a defeat by Oakham School at the same stage 12 months ago.
“Quite a number of players were involved 12 months ago and you learn from those sort of experiences,” Coalter said.
“Obviously it’s a big game but we will try to play the significance of the match down to help put the boys at ease and still make sure they are up for it.
“We will be staying over the night before the game and we will use the time in the hotel to get the boys together and use the time to prepare for the match.”
Old Swinford will start as slight favourites having beaten King’s in their annual fixture earlier in the season. They also have a squad which Coalter believes has greater depth than 12 months ago.
“It’s always difficult to compare sides but I think that we have greater depth in the first XV squad this year,” he added.
“Players that have dropped out of the first team have still had a good standard of rugby in the seconds so have had a squad of 26-28 players that have given us depth throughout the season.”