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British Police squad to feature five Midlands players

07 November 2012

  • British Police to face Ireland Police at Millennium Stadium
  • Griffiths joins West Midlands four in squad

Five Midlands players have been included in the British Police squad for the Police International against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on December 5 (5pm).

Nottinghamshire Police lock Llyr Griffiths, who plays club rugby for Nuneaton in National Three Midlands, has been named in the squad along with four players who helped West Midlands Police win the British Police Cup last season.

Toby Handley, the former Coventry, Stourbridge and Rugby Lions scrum-half has been included in the backs with Longton flanker Francis Nock, Nuneaton OE hooker Tom Simpson and Richard Stott, the Stourbridge and former Moseley lock.

Fifteen different police forces are represented in the 26-man squad which was selected after a British Police XV was beaten 30-27 by West Midlands Police in a trial match at Tally Ho! in Birmingham last month.

British Police squad

Backs: Nic Holt (Devon & Cornwall), Lewis Vague (Devon & Cornwall), Tony Dunkerley (Dorset), Gareth Williams (Gwent), Jon McCloud (Humberside), Sam Johnson (Lothian & Borders), Tim Green (Met), Anthony Evans (South Wales), Ceri Young (South Wales), Ryan Moffat (Strathclyde), Toby Handley (West Midlands).

Forwards: Mike Blakburn (British Transport Police), Pete Kolakowski (Cambridgeshire), Stephen Neill (Central Scotland), James Grimes (City of London), Ben Cole (Devon & Cornwall), Ben Sowden (Devon & Cornwall), Alun Davies (Dyfed Powys), John Stringer (Gwent), Nick Blake (Gwent), Ally Vanner (Met), Jake Lock (Met), Llyr Griffiths (Nottinghamshire), Richard Stott (West Midlands), Tom Simpson (West Midlands), Francis Nock (West Midlands).