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England Students aiming for final flourish

15 March 2013

  • England Students looking to end season on a high 
  • Last game in Students' colours for many of Farndon's side

Photo: Tania Richards

England Students take on Wales Students at Rodney Parade this Sunday, looking to bring their programme to an end with a second win of the season.

A famous 25-20 triumph in Lisbon, against Portugal, at the end of January saw James Farndon’s side make a perfect start before they lost a tight game against France Universities, 22-18, at Richmond Athletic Ground last month.

The game against Wales will be the final in Students’ colours for many of Farndon’s team, including captain Josh Beaumont. He is one of five Durham University players in the 22-man pool, and they will be keen to head into next Sunday’s BUCS final, against Cardiff Metropolitan, on a high.

Farndon has made eight changes to the squad that took on the French last time out, with centre Richard Coskie (Manchester), wing Craig Dowsett (Loughborough), prop Max Maidment (Bath), No. 8 Matt Chambers (City University, London), flanker Jack Pattinson (Durham), full back Chris Lewis (Bath) and second rows Miles Normandale (Cardiff Met.) and George Messum (Loughborough) all coming in.

Chambers, Pattinson, Lewis and Messum have all been capped previously at the elite level of the student game and will bring experience to a squad that will face a confident Welsh outfit.

Chris Davey’s group beat Germany, 35-17, in Heidelberg in late February and includes six members of the Cardiff Metropolitan side that will play against Durham at Twickenham next weekend.

Kick-off time at Rodney Parade is 1pm.

England Students squad to face Wales Students

Backs:
Simon Hammersley (Durham)
Michael Pope (Exeter)
Michael Allan (Hertfordshire)
Chris Lewis (Bath)
Craig Dowsett (Loughborough)
Alex Dancer (Hartpury)
Richard Coskie (Manchester)
Sam Katz (Loughborough)
Luke Cozens (Hartpury)
Rob Coote (Exeter)

Forwards:
Matthew Chambers (City, London)
Jack Pattinson (Durham)
George Messum (Loughborough)
Harrison Collins (Durham)
Josh Beaumont (Durham) (c)
Miles Normandale (Cardiff Met.)
James Gray (Exeter)
Max Maidment (Bath)
Josh Bayford (Durham)
Callum O'Connell (Hartpury)
Tom Dunn (Bath)
James Gibbons (Hartpury)