- Free-scoring Eastern Counties head for Coventry
- Oxfordshire the final opposition for Bolton’s team
Eastern Counties travel to Coventry this Sunday (May 5, 3pm) to face Oxfordshire in the final of the RFU National Under-20 Shield aiming to continue the form that has seen them scoring freely in their four qualifying matches.
The side put 107 points on Buckinghamshire in their opening group match, and followed this with a 43-14 victory over Cambridge University. Surrey were dispatched 55-12 in the quarter final, and Cambridge University were beaten again, 62-17 in the semi-final at Sudbury.
The reward for the talented squad is an appearance at Coventry RFC’s Butts Stadium, where parking and entry to the ground with unreserved seats in the main stand will be free, with matchday programmes on sale at the turnstiles.
The squad has its last training session on Wednesday (May 1) when the final squad of 21, plus two others to travel, will be named. Counties have called up 37 players during qualifying.
The team is coached by Mark Bolton, who played professionally at both codes; for Orrell RUFC and in rugby league with Swinton Lions. He has coached and played for Sudbury and is head of PE at a middle school in the town.
The assistant coach is Keith Green, currently coaching at Colchester and Colchester Royal Grammar School, and a former RFU rugby development officer who has managed England Students and English Universities and was coach to Sweden’s under 18s for three years.
Oxfordshire knocked out Oxford University in their semi final, 28-15, after a quarter-final win over Leicestershire.