Two games in the A league, but still packed with youngsters

There are just two fixtures in the Aviva A League tonight, but it should be no less exciting for it.

Sale Jets v Leicester Tigers A and Harlequins A v Exeter Braves are the two games, both kicking off at 19.30. True to form, all four sides have opted for a very healthy does of youth.

Sale Jets include the likes of King’s Chester leaver George Nott, Liam Parfitt, Lymm High School old boy James Mitchell, and Ciaran Parker the former England U18 and St Ambrose College prop, among others.

Leicester, finally with a few players back from injury, have named a few more familiar faces than had been in their squad in recent week. JWC winner George Catchpole returns to the team, with is led by England age grade player Harry Thacker, with his younger brother Charlie partnering Catchpole in the centres.

Elsewhere this likes of Will Owen, Charlie Beckett, George Tresidder, and Joe Maksymiw add to a very youthfull line up.

Harlequins as ever have opted for plenty of youth, but the big story is the inclusion of three Chisholm brothers in the squad. Esher’s Ali is on the bench, with Ross at full back, and the youngster James leads the side from openside flanker, James won the JWC with England U20s in June and captained Brighton College and England U18 the year before.

Whitgift leaver Henry Cheeseman starts alongside James Chisholm at number 8, with Wellington College leaver Seb Adeniran-Olule starting at tighthead. James Chisholm’s fellow JWC winner Harry Sloan starts at outside centre next to Jordan Turner-Hall.

The bench is packed with youngsters including Cheeseman’s former Whitgift teammate Stan South and their John Fisher rival Kieran Treadwell. They are joined by their England U18 teammate and Dulwich College leaver Josh Ibuanopkpe, as well as Cranleigh elaver Charlie Piper.

Exeter Braves are led by their academy number 8 Sam Skinner, who is joined by fellow youngsters Jerry Sexton, Ed Holmes, Sam Simmonds, Max Bodilly and Tom Hendrickson.

Meanwhile on the bench the return of Luke Cowan-Dickie, a JWC winner in 2013, will grab most headlines, he will later be joined in the front row by England U18 prop Jack Stanley.

Aviva A League Fixtures:

Sale Jets v Leicester Tigers A – Heywood Road, 19.30

Harlequins A v Exeter Braves – Twickenham Stoop, 19.30

Team News:

Sale Jets:

Mike Haley,  John O’Donnell,  Sam Bedlow,  Sam James,  Phil MacKenzie,  Tom Morton,  Nathan Fowles,  Darren Fearn,  Shalva Mamukashvili,  James Flynn,  Matt Postlethwaite,  Ollie Parkinson,  George Nott,  Liam Parfitt,  Andy Hughes (c).

Replacements: Dave Blackwell,  George Hymes, Ciaran Parker,  Tom Bell,  Mike Quickenden,  James Mitchell,  Mark Lawrence,  Charlie Ingall.

Leicester Tigers A:

15 Tommy Bell  14 David Williams  13 George Catchpole  12 Charlie Thacker  11 Paolo Odogwu  10 John Hargreaves  9 George Tresidder  1 Tom Bristow  2 Harry Thacker (c)  3 Rikki Stout  4 Charlie Beckett  5 Joe Maksymiw  6 Will Owen  7 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili  8 Stone Priestley-Nangle.

Replacements:  16 Riccardo Brugnara  17 Aniseko Sio  18 Jake Farnworth  19 Nick Murphy  20 Charlie Harvey  21 George Prince  22 Javiah Pohe  23 Adam Thompstone.

Harlequins A:

1 Darryl Marfo
 2 Rob Buchanan
 3 Seb Adeniran-Olule
 4 George Merrick 
5 Sam Twomey
 6 Joe Trayfoot
 7 James Chisholm (c) 
8 Henry Cheeseman

9 Sam Stuart
 10 Louis Grimoldby
 11 Jordan Burns
 12 Jordan Turner-Hall
 13 Harry Sloan 
14 Charlie Walker 
15 Ross Chisholm.

Replacements: 16 Charlie Piper  17 TBC 
18 Josh Ibuanokpe
 19 Stan South
 20 Kieran Treadwell
 21 Joe Brown
 22 Charlie Gossington
 23 Ali Chisholm.

Exeter Braves:

15 Jack Arnott  14 Fetu’u Vainikolo  13 Max Bodilly  12 Tom Hendrickson  11 Adam Hughes  10 Ceri Sweeney  9 Pat Phibbs  1 Brett Sturgess  2 Greg Bateman  3 Alex Brown  4 Jerry Sexton  5 Ed Holmes  6 Sireli Naqelevuki  7 Sam Simmonds  8 Sam Skinner (c).

Replacements:  16 Luke Cowan-Dickie  17 Jake Woolmore  18 Jack Stanley  19 Harry Ledger  20 Paul Davis  21 Dave Lewis  22 Laurence May  23 Alex Wilcockson.

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