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Georgia on their minds

14 March 2013

  • England Counties U20s to use innovative development weekend for selection
  • 25 players will tour Georgia in May
England Counties U20 played Scotland last May

Photo: RFU Archive

England Counties U20s are using an innovative development weekend to select the squad of 25 that will travel to Georgia for a two-match tour in May.

The three-day camp over the Easter weekend will see the strongest 22 players from each of the four divisions (North, Midlands, London and South East and South West) keen to lay down a marker for selection.

The format is designed to develop young players and give ample opportunity for them to showcase their skills. The four squads will assemble on Friday, March 29 at Welbeck College for an afternoon of 10s rugby, encouraging players to be expansive and creative in using the space available.

Saturday begins with seminars on nutrition and lifestyle, anti-doping and refereeing advice, before a positional specific session to put core skills to the test. The format reverts to a traditional XV-a-side tournament on the Sunday, the final stage of selection.

Malcolm Ross, England Counties U20s Team Manager, said: “The weekend is as much about selecting a squad for Georgia as it is about providing 88 talented players with an experience which they can learn from and build upon. 

“Introducing the 10-a-side and individual skill sessions creates a number of situations in which players can show their potential and provides coaches and selectors with the best evidence on ability and the opportunity to offer individual feedback.

“The seminars are important to raise player awareness and provide an all-round rugby education. As management, we are looking forward to welcoming the divisions to Welbeck for a weekend that I’m sure we will all benefit from.”

Further details on the Georgia tour will be released following squad selection.