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International youth set for BMW Wellington International Festival

18 March 2013

  • BMW supports Wellington showpiece
  • England South and England North in action in Berkshire

Teams from across Europe and North America will again gather at Wellington College in Berkshire between March 30 and April 5 for the BMW Wellington International Festival.

The Festival, which this year has BMW as title partner, will feature emerging rugby talent in the Under 16 and Under 17 age groups in the spectacular setting of the college, which was founded in 1859.

England will have two Under 16 teams in action at the festival – England North and England South – and they will be joined by two Under 16 teams from France – A and B – Wales Under 16A, United States Under 17s, Scotland Under 16s, Netherlands Under 17s and Belgium Under 17s.

The festival kicks off on March 30 with Wales Under 16 A playing United States Under 17s on the college first XV pitch at 4pm.

The two England sides will be in action for the first time on March 31 when England North face France B on Pitch 2 at 12.15pm and England South take on France A on the first XV pitch at 2.30pm.

On April 1, Wales A will play Scotland on the first team pitch at 11am with the United States playing Belgium on Pitch 2 at 1pm.

England North play their second match on April 2 when they take on Netherlands Under 17s on Pitch 2 at 11am with Wales facing France A on the first XV pitch at 2.30pm.

England South face Scotland on the first team pitch in the second match on April 3 at 2.30pm after France B have played Belgium Under 17s at 11am.

There is a rest day for all teams on April 4 before a busy conclusion to the festival on April 5 with four matches.

The final day will start at 10.30am with France A playing Scotland on Pitch 2 at 10.30am. England North will play their final match against Belgium Under 17s on the first XV pitch at 11am.

Netherlands play France in the final match on Pitch 2 at 12.15pm and England South will bring down the curtain on the festival when they play United States Under 17s on the main pitch at 1.30pm.

BMW and the RFU announced a ground-breaking four year partnership last September with the aim of aiding the development of the next generation of English rugby talent through the BMW Performance Academy.

By supporting players from the age of 15 through the journey to the senior squad, BMW can help to shape the future of England Rugby.

As well as being proud partner to England Rugby and the RFU, BMW are the front-of-shirt sponsors for England Under 16s, Under 18s and Under 20s.

BMW will take an active role in this year’s Wellington Festival, which will feature a range of activity such as BMW remote control cars and having a number of models on display.