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England Students side named for France clash

21 February 2013

  • England Students looking for second successive win
  • Five of starting XV to earn their first caps
England Students trials

Photo: Tania Richards

England Students Head Coach James Farndon has named his team for tomorrow night’s clash against France Universities at Richmond Athletic Ground.

Farndon and his coaching team will be looking to build on their group’s first ever win in Portugal last month but will be confronted with a physical, older French side.

There are eight changes to the matchday 22, including five debutants. Loughborough University provides seven players, including four new caps in the starting XV.

No.8 Joe Burton has already won national honours this year after turning out for England Counties two weeks ago and he is joined in the starting line-up by university colleagues Craig Holland, George Eastwell and Harry Williams. The other fresh face is Oxford’s Will Rowlands, who partners captain Josh Beaumont in the second-row.

On the bench Tom Dunn (Bath) and the Loughborough pair of Jordan Brookes and Joe Atkinson replace Josh Elliott, George Messum and Chris Lewis.

Kick off is at 7.30pm.

England Students trials

Photo: Tania Richards

England Students
15 Simon Hammersley (Durham)
14 Michael Allan (Hertfordshire)
13 Alex Dancer (Hartpury)
12 George Eastwell (Loughborough)
11 Craig Holland (Loughborough)
10 Sam Katz (Loughborough)
9 Rob Coote (Exeter)

1 James Gibbons (Hartpury)
2 Callum O’Connell (Hartpury)
3 Harry Williams (Loughborough)
4 Josh Beaumont (Durham) (c)
5 Will Rowlands (Oxford)
6 Harrison Collins (Durham)
7 James Stephenson (Bristol)
8 Joe Burton (Loughborough)

16 Josh Bayford (Durham)
17 Tom Dunn (Bath)
18 James Gray (Exeter)
19 Joe Atkinson (Loughborough)
20 Jordan Brookes (Loughborough)
21 Luke Cozens (Hartpury)
22 Michael Pope (Exeter)