The 2014/15 U18 Academy Premiership starts this evening with Saracens v Harlequins, followed by five further matches throughout the weekend.
Last season Northampton Saints U18s took the crown on finals day at Allianz Park, they open their campaign at Franklinâ€™s Gardens at 13.00 against Yorkshire Carnegie.
Their opponents in that final, Exeter Chiefs, face the promositiong London Irish Academy at the same time, while at 14.00 Wasps take on Bath at Harrow School, home of Wasps Academy youngster Callum Sirker, among others.
Leicester Tigers finished in third place last season, they face Gloucester, who Academy stars have been gaining first team experience rapidly over the last couple of years, with the likes of Billy Burns and Ross Moriarty graduating from U18 to A League, and eventually 1st XV representation, along with England u20 JWC honours along the way.
The weekend is rounded off with Worcester Warriors against Sale Sharks at midday on Sunday at Sixways.
Before all of that though is Saracens against Harlequins at Allianz Park this evening. The game kicks off at 18.00, and both sides are packed with familiar faces.
There are likely to be several school mates vying against each other, particularly from Whitgift School, who have Alex Patton and Matt Gallagher starting at scrum half and full back respectively for Saracens, while their team mates Brandon Bellamin, Alex Hogg, and Sam Morley all line up in opposition for Harlequins.
With further teams to be announced, it is all set to be a fantastic weekend of U18 Academy action.
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U18 Academy Premiership Fixtures:
Saracens v Harlequins â€“ Friday, 18.00, Allianz Park
Leicester Tigers v Gloucester â€“ Saturday, 12.00, Welford Road
Northampton Saints v Yorkshire Carnegie â€“ Saturday, 13.00, Franklinâ€™s Gardens
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs â€“ Saturday, 13.00, TBA
Wasps v Bath â€“ Saturday, 14.00, Harrow School
Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks â€“ Sunday, 12.00, Sixways
1. Adams-Hale, Â 2. King, Â 3. Walker, Â 4. Cutmore, Â 5. Isiekwe, Â 6. Moody, Â 7. Skinner, Â 8. Everitt; Â 9. Patton, Â 10. Malins; Â 11. Kaye, Â 12. Savou, Â 13. Morris, Â 14. Dickinson-Earl; Â 15. Gallagher.
Replacements: 16. Reed, Â 17. Brownhill, Â 18. Lester, Â 19. Holland, Â 20. Jackson, Â 21. Wright, Â 22. Ramsey, Â 23. Ffitch.
Harlequins U18 Squad:
Forwards: Mofe Wilkey (Trinity), Â Bradley Ugodulunwa (Wimbledon College), Â Sam Gratton (Woking College), Â Jamie Ure (Sackville), Â James Hunt (Epsom College), Â Archie White (Epsom College), Â Sean Richardson (Brighton College), Â Dino Lamb-Cona (Cranleigh School), Â James Hadfield (Hurstpierpoint College), Â Will Lockhart-Smith (KCS Wimbledon), Â Suvwe Obano (John Fisher), Â James Gulliver (Halliford School), Â Nathan Thomas (John Fisher).
Backs: Sam Aspland-Robinson (Wellington College), Â Loewy Simmons (Brighton College), Â Brandon Bellamin (Whitgift), Â Gabriel Ibitoye (Trinity), Â Oliver Davis-Smith (Hartpury College), Â Alex Hogg (Whitgift), Â Zack Santos (Hampton), Â Tom Nicole (Guildford County School), Â Sam Morley (Whitgift), Â Matt Chant (Peter Symonds College).
15 Adam ShawÂ 14 Rotimi SegunÂ 13 Rory HutchinsonÂ 12 Harry Mallinder (capt)Â 11 Tosin SegunÂ 10 James GraysonÂ 9 Robert SmothÂ 1 Luke PalmerÂ 2 Freddie DavisonÂ 3 Luc JeannottÂ 4 Alex MoonÂ 5 John HawkinsÂ 6 Tim CardallÂ 7 Lewis LudlamÂ 8 George Cox.
Replacements: 16 Robert MarmionÂ 17 George CaveÂ 18 Jake ByrneÂ 19 Toby TrinderÂ 20 Will AllmanÂ 21 Mike MorrisÂ 22 Jamel HamiltonÂ 23 Freddie McKibbin.
15 Sam AllanÂ 14 Tom GormanÂ 13 Harry DunneÂ 12 Max WrightÂ 11 Dan TaiÂ 10 Ben SmothÂ 9 Jimmy McDanielÂ 1 Charles CappsÂ 2 Jordon PooleÂ 3 Will DennisÂ 4 Raffen CherringtonÂ 5 Elliot WardÂ 6 Ben LongtonÂ 7 Lewis WilsonÂ 8 James Sanderson.
Replacements: 16 Lewis BoyceÂ 17 Harry NewbornÂ 18 Luke ChadwickÂ 19 Connor FieldÂ 20 Suva Ma’asiÂ 21 Tom Hatchwell.
1. Freddie Boyce; Â 2. Curtis Langdon; Â 3. Tyler White; Â 4. Charlie Stonehill; Â 5. Hugo McPherson; Â 6. Greg Brown; Â 7. Jack Ingall; Â 8. Luke Frost; Â 9. Callum Watson;
10. Theo Brophy-Clews (Captain); Â 11. Joe Cokanasiga; Â 12. Cam Smith; Â 13. Johnny Williams; Â 14. Matt Williams;Â 15. Tom Parton.
Replacements: 16. Austin Hay; Â 17. Johnson Chandigere; Â 18. Toby Hill; Â 19. Patrick McPherson; Â 20. Jarod Leat; Â 21. Eddie Lewis; Â 22. Ben Holt;Â 23. Lewis Sampson.
15 Jacob Ham (King’s Worcester)Â 14 Max Himbury (Warriors AASE)Â 13 Will Hollis (King’s Worcester)Â 12 Will Butler (Hereford Cathedral)Â 11 Ciaran Wardle (Rugby Lions)Â 10 Luke White (Bromsgrove School)Â 9 Jamie Shillcock (Warwick School)Â 1 Seb Dean-Smith (Warriors AASE)Â 2 George Newman (Warriors AASE)Â 3 Joe White (Warriors AASE)Â 4 Ben Davis-Moore (Warriors AASE)Â 5 Justin Clegg (Bromsgrove School)Â 6 Myles Edwards (Warriors AASE)Â 7 Zac Xiourouppa (Hartpury)Â 8 Max Hill (Warriors AASE).
Replacements:Â 16 Will Priestly (Warwick School)Â 17 Callum Jacob (King’s Worcester)Â 18 Ali Hajazie (Bablake School)Â 19 Tom Ford (Bromsgrove School)Â 20 Charlie Morgan (Solihull School)Â 21 Moses Fakato (Solihull School)Â 22 George Trimmer (Old Swinford Hospital)Â 23 Alex Nesbitt (Bromsgrove School).
Further Teams TBA