- Sherborne School back row to lead out England
- Stanlake impressed with leadership qualities
Photo: RFU Archive
Nick Harris of Dorset & Wilts will have the honour of captaining England Under 16s in their internationals against Italy Under 17s at Lichfield on April 1 and Wales Under 16s at Oxford University on April 6.
The back-row forward from Sherborne School impressed with his leadership qualities in England’s warm-up matches against Gloucester Under 17s and Northampton Under 17s and will lead England out again in their short international programme.
“Nick leads by example and he has a high work-rate,” said England Under 16 coach, Phil Stanlake.
“The players respond well to Nick and he is very astute in the way that he talks to and manages other players.
“He’s displayed excellent leadership qualities so far. He’s very positive and he recognises when people are having a difficult time and he encourages them.”
England are expected to name their starting XV for the Italy game on Sunday, March 31.
Tickets for the England Under 16s v Italy Under 17s match at Lichfield on April 1 are priced at £5 per adult and £3 per child and are available over the bar at the club or from lrufcinternational.ticketsource.co.uk.
Tickets for the England Under 16s v Wales Under 16s match at Iffley Road, Oxford on April 6 are priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions (over 60s, under 18s and students) and are available from the club office on 01865 432000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both matches kick off at 2.30pm.
England Under 16s squad:
Backs: Matt Gallagher (Colfe’s School, Old Colfeians RFC and Kent), Dominic Morris (New Hall School and Essex), Jack Maunders (Blundells School and Devon), Owain James (Harrow School and Middlesex), Paddy McDuell (Bedford School, Bedford Junior Blues and East Midlands), Rotimi Segun (Northampton School for Boys, Old Northamptonians RFC and East Midlands), Sam Allen (Crossley Heath School and Yorkshire), Favour Maduka (Stonyhurst College and Lancashire), Alex Mitchell (Lymm HS, Lymm RFC and Cheshire)
Forwards: Nick Harris (Sherborne School and Dorset & Wilts – captain), Joe Mullis (Chosen Hill School, Chosen Hill RFC and Gloucestershire), Harry Wilson (Kingshill School, Cirencester RFC and Gloucestershire), Jack Stanley (Helston College, Penzance RFC and Cornwall), Mofe Wilkey (Trinity School and Surrey), Billy Walker (Great Baddow HS, Chelmsford RFC and Essex), Alex Munday (Berkhamsted School, Harpenden RFC and Hertfordshire), Freddie Davison (Bedford School, Bedford Junior Blues and East Midlands), Henry Peck (Vandyke School, Leighton Buzzard RFC and East Midlands), Garth Spencer (Biddenham Upper School, Bedford Junior Blues and East Midlands), Callum Chick (Ponteland HS, Ponteland HS and Northumberland), James Gilboy (Stockport GS, Manchester RFC and Cheshire), Victor Keunen (Stonyhurst College, Harlequins and Lancashire)