- Laxton and Moxon to face Irish Exiles
- Injured Oxbridge trio miss out
Midlands Under 20s have called up backs Keifer Laxton and Tom Moxon for their friendly against Irish Exiles Under 20s at Moseley’s Billesley Common ground on Sunday, March 24 (2.30pm).
Laxton (Loughborough University and Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire) and Moxon (Leicester Lions and Leicestershire) replace the Oxford University pair of Will Dace and Ali Adams-Cairns, who are both injured.
Cambridge University flanker James Thomson also misses out against the Irish Exiles because of injury.
The Midlands will use Sunday’s match to complete their preparations for the England Counties Under 20s Development and Selection Weekend at Welbeck College in Leicestershire over the Easter weekend.
The Welbeck weekend will see the four divisional squads play a series of tens matches on Friday, March 29 followed by seminars and coaching the following day.
The weekend will conclude for the Midlands with a match against London and South East on March 31 at 1.15pm.
After the Welbeck weekend the England Counties Under 20 selectors will name a squad to prepare for a two-match tour of Georgia in May.
Midlands Under 20s squad
Backs: Will Jones (Wolverhampton and Staffordshire), DeLaRey Veenendaal (Cambridge and East Midlands), Jim Wigglesworth (Hull and NLD), Joe Cantwell (Northampton BBOB and East Midlands), Alex Rumsey (Luctonians and North Midlands), Grant Ward (Kesteven and NLD), Jake Roome (Derby and NLD), Lewis Hancock (Derby and NLD), Curtis Tonks (Leamington and Warwickshire), Will Affleck (Luton and East Midlands), Angus Hopewell (Towcestrians and East Midlands), Sam Pointon (Loughborough University and East Midlands), Matt Shorthose (Oxford University), Tom Moxon (Leicester Lions and Leicestershire), Keifer Laxton (Loughborough University and NLD)
Forwards: Gino Belmonte (Bromsgrove and North Midlands), Ryan Taylor (Bedford Athletic and East Midlands), Curtis Green (Trentham and Staffordshire), Owen Whittle (Broadstreet and Warwickshire), Sam Alderson (Cambridge University), Will Allard (Bedford Athletic and East Midlands), Josh McNulty (Barkers’ Butts and Warwickshire), Scott Arroyo-Hover (Bedford Athletic and East Midlands), Seb Clarke (Bedford Blues Academy and East Midlands), Nathan Parker (Newport and North Midlands), Jack Neal (Burntwood and Staffordshire), Rudi Reid (Old Laurentians and Warwickshire), Jack Morphet (Old Laurentians and Warwickshire), Louis Rawlings (Shelford and East Midlands), Jake Bates (Newport and North Midlands), Henry Hughes (Oxford University), Fraser Heathcote (Oxford University), Rhys Morgan (Wolverhampton and Staffordshire)