It is Monday, and that means that it is Aviva A League time, and a great chance to see some of the stars of the of the last two years of school rugby perform on the professional stage.
As ever, the evening is going to be absolutely packed with recent school leavers, the odd current school star, and even a player not even in his final year of school, in London Wasps and Harrow School winger, Callum Sirker â€“ a former Fifteen Rugby One to Watch.
Sirker is part of an undeniably youthful Wasps squad, joining him on the bench is Bedford School leaver, Ollie Lyons, while in the starting XV is former Shiplake College star Tom Howe, Hamptonâ€™s England U20 international, Alex Lundberg. Eton College old boy Gus Jones, and young Harry Sherphard, among others.
They face an equally youthful, yet formidable Bath United team. The Bath back three is Luke Arscott, Matt Banahan, and the 20 year old Anthony Watson â€“ a top class trio for a Premiership game, let alone an A league match.
Marshaling the centres are Bryanston School leavers Max Clark and Rory Jennings, with their older (but not much) school compatriot, Ollie Devoto, starting at 10.
In the pack ex Bryanston skipper Charlie Ewels again captains the side at just 20 years of age, his schoolmate Tom Woolstencroft starts at 6, with Old Millfieldian Tom Ellis alongside Ewels in the second row, and his former school teammate Max Northcote-Green is at 7.
The bench is youthful too, with the likes of Sherborneâ€™s will Homer, Rich Lane, and former St Josephâ€™s College star George Wacokecoke all waiting in the wings.
Northampton Saints include three of England U20s JWC stars in their starting XV, Tom Stephenson at centre, Howard Packman on the wing, and ex Stowe man Jordan Onojaife in the second row.
A fellow winner, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi is one the bench, alongside last seasonâ€™s St Josephâ€™s College captain, Lewis Ludlum, his Rugby School counterpart, Harry Mallinder, and the excellent Rory Hutchinson.
Bristol name an equally exciting side to face them. Callum Sheedy, Millfieldâ€™s pivot for the last two years, starts at ten, with young Ellis Genge starting at loosehead following his 1st XV debut a couple of weeks ago.
On the bench the likes of Jake Polledri, Nick Carpenter, and Sheedyâ€™s old school half back partner, Tim Turner, all await their chance.
Gloucester United continue to keep faith in youth for their game v Leicester Tigers A, with their England U20 JWC winning half backs, Blly Burns and Callum Braley, a starting once again. In the pack 2013 winners Elliot Stooke and Lewis Ludlow both start.
On the bench things get very exciting, Warwickâ€™s Harry Bassett cover Braley, while Marlborough College old boy Charlie Norman will cover the outside backs.
Leicester’s current injury crisis sees their side absolutely packed with youngsters, including the Thacker brothers, Harry and Charlie, Will Owen, and Charlie Beckett.
Sale Jets have turned to youth too for their game against Worcester Cavaliers. In the pack Cameron Neild, Liam Parfitt, and Kingâ€™s Chester leaver George Nott are all included, a great show of faith.
On the bench the likes of St Ambrose College old boy Ciaran Parker and ex Lymm High School man James Mitchell are both included, among others.
Facing them for Worcester are Jon Hughes, the ex RGS Worcester man, Old Swinford Hospital leaver Huw Taylor, and ex Kingâ€™s Worcester captain, Andrew Boyce.
His ex school colleague George De Cothi is on the bench alongside current Worcester 6th form College player Myles Edwards.
Exeter Braves include their usual mix of Bicton, Ivybridge, and Truro College graduates, including England U20 trio, Jack Stanley, Stuart Townsend, and Joel Conlon.
Facing them for London Irish will be ex RGS High Wycombe skipper Ross Neal, former Reedâ€™s man Theo Vukasinovic in the second row, as well as fellow backs Johnny Williams, Tom Fowlie, and St Paulâ€™s AASE leaver, Cameron Cowell.
On the bench the likes of Ollie Adams and Harry Lightfoot-Brown will add even more youth, among many others.
Harlequins A have a London derby against Saracens Storm, and have gone for a bold and young side for it. They are led by England U20 number 8 James Chisholm, who starts at 7, which could be an interesting move given that elder brother Ross is at full back!
James’ former school Brighton College have a member of their current 1st XV, Loewy Simmons starting on the wing, while Epsom College captain Archie White starts on the bench.
Starting alongside Chisholm at number 8 is Whitgift leaver and star of the school scene over the last two years, Henry Cheeseman. His old Whitgift colleague Stan South starts at lock, with his old sparring partner, Kieran Treadwell of John Fisher, on the bench.
Triple Schools Cup winner Josh Ibuanokpe starts at tighthead, with young Louis Grimoldby at ten. On the bench Cranleigh leaver Charlie Piper covers hooker, with Wellington College old boy Seb Adeniran-Olule waiting in the wings at prop.
Perhaps most exciting of all though is the return of George Lowe, at 13, following a year out. Current school players will be interested to see Karl Dickson on the bench, he has been a regular on the school scene this year as he has been testing out his refereeing skills with the London Society Referees on the school circuit.
Saracens have once again shown a great commitment to youth. Harrow old boy and England U20 star Maro Itoje again leads the side from the second row, with fellow JWC winner Biyi Alo packing down at tighthead.
In the backline Nick Tompkins returns to the A side after a couple of weeks of bench duty with the 1st XV, he is partnered in the centres by fellow youngster Max Wilkins.
On the bench it is again the backline replacements that will excite. George Perkins is joined by current Whitgift fullback Matt Gallagher, as well as Millfield leaver Tom Whiteley.
Which young guns are you excited about seeing an action, and who do you think will be the first to really break through into 1st XV action? Let us know via @FifteenRugbyXV or feel free to comment below!
Aviva A League Fixtures:
Northampton Wanderers v Bristol United
London Wasps A v Bath United
Gloucester United v Leicester Tigers A
Sale Jets v Worcester Cavaliers
Exeter Braves v London Irish A
Harlequins A v Saracens Storm
Aviva A League Team News:
15 Tom Collinsâ€¨14 Jamie Elliott â€¨13 Dom Waldouck â€¨12 Tom Stephenson â€¨11 Howard Packmanâ€¨10 Will Hooley â€¨9 Joel Hodgson â€¨1 Ethan Waller â€¨2 Ross McMillan â€¨3 Tom Mercey â€¨4 Alex Woolford â€¨5 Jordan Onojaife â€¨6 Teimana Harrison â€¨7 Ben Nutley â€¨8 Phil Dowson (c).
Replacements: 16 Matti Williamsâ€¨17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi â€¨18 Adam Parkins â€¨19 Cam Dolan â€¨20 Lewis Ludlum â€¨21 Alex Day â€¨22 Harry Mallinder â€¨23 Rory Hutchinson.
15 Jack Wallace;Â 14 Jack Tovey,Â 13 Luke Eves,Â 12 Mark Cooke,Â 11 Charlie Amesbury;Â 10 Callum Sheedy,Â 9 Luke Baldwin;Â 1 Ellis Genge,Â 2 Chris Brooker,Â 3 Jack Oâ€™Connell;Â 4 Joe Joyce,Â 5 Glen Townson,Â 6 Nick Koster,Â 7 Olly Robinson,Â 8 Ben Skirving.
Replacements:Â 16 Rhys Lawrence,Â 17 Tom Harrison,Â 18 Sonny Haines,Â 19 Dale Lemon,Â 20 Jake Polledri,Â 21 Tim Turner,Â 22 Nick Carpenter,Â 23 Elias Caven.
London Wasps A:
15 Piers Oâ€™ConorÂ 14 Tom HoweÂ 13 Ben JacobsÂ 12 Ollie EvansÂ 11 Josh BassettÂ 10 Harry ShephardÂ 9 Tom BlissÂ 1 Alex LundbergÂ 2 Edd ShervingtonÂ 3 Phil SwainstonÂ 4 Will RowlandsÂ 5 Tom BaldwinÂ 6 Gus JonesÂ 7 Thomas YoungÂ 8 Buster Lawrence.
Replacements: 16 Tom LindsayÂ 17 Tom WestÂ 18 Will StuartÂ 19 Oskar Hirskyj-DouglasÂ 20 Ollie LyonsÂ 21 James Small-EdwardsÂ 22 George EastwellÂ 23 Callum Sirker.
15 Luke Arscottâ€¨ 14 Matt Banahanâ€¨ 13 Max Clarkâ€¨ 12 Rory Jenningsâ€¨ 11 Anthony Watsonâ€¨ 10 Ollie Devotoâ€¨ 9 Micky Youngâ€¨ 1 Nathan Catt â€¨2 Tom Dunnâ€¨ 3 Kane Palma-Newport â€¨4 Charlie Ewels (c) â€¨5 Tom Ellisâ€¨ 6 Tom Woolstencroftâ€¨ 7 Max Northcote-Greenâ€¨ 8 David Sisi.
Replacements: 16 Grant Shiellsâ€¨ 17 Juan Pablo Orlandiâ€¨ 18 Marcus Garrettâ€¨ 19 Matt Koepâ€¨ 20 Alex Humphriesâ€¨ 21 Will Homerâ€¨ 22 Rich Lane â€¨23 George Wacokecoke.
15 Steve McColl;Â 14 Tom Isaacs,Â 13 Seamus Kelly,Â 12 Billy Meakes,Â 11 Steph Reynolds,Â 10 Billy Burns,Â 9 Callum Braley;Â 1 James Gibbons,Â 2 Aleki Lutui,Â 3 Shaun Knight; Â 4 Elliott Stooke,Â 5 James Hudson;Â 6 James Voss,Â 7 Dan Thomas,Â 8 Lewis Ludlow.
Replacements: 16 Luke Cole,Â 17 Will Goodrick-Clarke,Â 18 Alec Clarey,Â 19 Tom Hicks,Â 20 Joe Batley,Â 21 Harry Bassett,Â 22 Aled Thomas,Â 23 Charlie Norman.
Leicester Tigers A:
15 John Hargreaves, Â 14 Paolo Odogwu, Â 13 Gift Sankoh, Â 12 Charlie Thacker, Â 11 Rhys Williams, Â 10 Oli Bryant, Â 9 Sam Harrison (c); Â 1 Riccardo Brugnara, Â 2 Harry Thacker, Â 3 Dan Hogan, Â 4 Charlie Beckett , 5 Lou Reed, Â 6 Will Owen, Â 7 Giorgi Tkhilaishvilli, Â 8 Ed Milne.
Replacements: 16 Jake Farnworth, Â 17 Owen Hills, Â 18 Rikki Stout, Â 19 Nick Murphy, Â 20 Stone Priestley-Nangle, Â 21 George Prince, Â 22 David Williams, Â 23 Javiah Pohe.
15 Mike Haley,Â 14 John O’Donnell,Â 13 Andy Forsyth,Â 12 Sam James,Â 11 Phil Mackenzie,Â 10 Nick Macleod,Â 9 Nathan Fowles, Â 1 Darren Fearn, Â 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, Â 3 James Flynn, Â 4 Matt Postlethwaite, Â 5 Ollie Parkinson, Â 6 George Nott, Â 7 Liam Parfitt, Â 8 Cameron Neild.
Replacements: 16 Dave Blackwell, Â 17 George Hymes, Â 18 Ciaran Parker, Â 19 Tom Bell, Â 20 Mike Quickenden, Â 21 James Mitchell, Â 22 Joe Ford, Â 23 Sam Bedlow.
15 Jon HughesÂ 14 James StephensonÂ 13 Alex GroveÂ 12 Ravai FatiakiÂ 11 Josh WatkinsÂ 10 Tiff EdenÂ 9 Jean-Baptiste Bruzulier (c)Â 1 Ofa Fainga’anukuÂ 2 Jack SingletonÂ 3 Joe ReesÂ 4 Matt Perks (Dudley Kingswinford)Â 5 Shay KerryÂ 6 Mat GilbertÂ 7 Andrew BoyceÂ 8 Huw Taylor.
Replacements:Â 16 Ben SowreyÂ 17 Jack CosgroveÂ 18 Alex GordasÂ 19 Myles Edwards (Worcester Sixth Form College AASE Programme)Â 20 Robbie Keith (Birmingham University)Â 21 George de CothiÂ 22 Josh DrauniniuÂ 23 Cam Thompson (Fylde RFC).
15 Chrysander BothaÂ 14 Fetuâ€™u VainikoloÂ 13 Max BodillyÂ 12 Adam HughesÂ 11 Jack ArnottÂ 10 Ceri SweeneyÂ 9 Pat PhibbsÂ 1 Carl RimmerÂ 2 Elvis TaioneÂ 3 Alex BrownÂ 4 Jerry SextonÂ 5 Ed HolmesÂ 6 Sam SimmondsÂ 7 James ScaysbrookÂ 8 Sam Skinner (c).
Replacements: 16 Greg BatemanÂ 17 Brett SturgessÂ 18 Jack StanleyÂ 19 Joel ConlonÂ 20 Sireli NaqelevukiÂ 21 Stuart TownsendÂ 22 Laurence MayÂ 23 Alex Wilcockson.
London Irish A:
1. Jamie HaganÂ 2. Mike MayhewÂ 3. Leo HalavatauÂ 4. Theo VukasinovicÂ 5. Toby SalmonÂ 6. Ollie CurrieÂ 7. Conor GilsenanÂ 8.Â Charlie StevensonÂ 9. Connor MurphyÂ 10. Myles Dorrian (c)Â 11. Johnny WilliamsÂ 12. Eoin GriffinÂ 13. Tom FowlieÂ 14. Ross NealÂ 15. Cam Cowell.
Replacements:Â 16. Ollie AdamsÂ 17. Tom SmallboneÂ 18. Rich PalframanÂ 19. Charlie StonehillÂ 20. Luke FrostÂ 21. Cam SmithÂ 22.Â Will CrowÂ 23. Harry Lightfoot Brown.
1Â Darryl Marfoâ€¨ 2Â Rob Buchananâ€¨ 3Â Josh Ibuanokpeâ€¨ 4Â Stan Southâ€¨ 5Â Sam Twomeyâ€¨ 6 Joe Trayfootâ€¨ 7 James Chisholm (c) â€¨8 Henry Cheesemanâ€¨â€¨9Â Jordan Burnsâ€¨ 10Â Louis Grimoldbyâ€¨ 11Â Loewy Simmonsâ€¨ 12Â Ben Boticaâ€¨ 13Â George Loweâ€¨ 14Â Ollie Lindsay-Hagueâ€¨ 15Â Ross Chisholm.
Replacements:16Â Charlie Piperâ€¨ 17 TBA 18Â Seb Adeniran-Oluleâ€¨19Â Kieran Treadwellâ€¨ 20Â Archie Whiteâ€¨ 21Â Karl Dicksonâ€¨ 22Â Paul Oâ€™Limaâ€¨ 23Â Charlie Gossington.
15. Will Edwards;Â 14. Mike Ellery,Â 13. Nick Tompkins,Â 12. Max Wilkins,Â 11. Jack Wilson;Â 10. Nils Mordt,Â 9. Ben Spencer;Â 1. Jack Culverhouse,Â 2. Scott Spurling,Â 3. Biyi Alo,Â 4. Hayden Smith,Â 5. Mouritz Botha,Â 6. Maro Itoje (c),Â 7. Matt Hankin,Â 8. Nick De Jager.
Replacements: 16. Phil Thiel,Â 17. Ollie Mines,Â 18. Ben Featherstone,Â 19. Kennet Oâ€™Neill,Â 20. Don Barrell,Â 21. Tom Whitely,Â 22. Matt Gallagher,Â 23. George Perkins.