The 2014/15 U18 Academy Premiership kicked off this weekend, with Northampton Saints stealing the show.
The 2013/14 winners beat Yorkshire Carnegie 45-5, by far the most commanding performance of the weekend. There were plenty of survivors form that title winning side in the squad too, the centre paring of Harry Mallinder and Rory Hutchinson were key players last year, as was openside flanker Lewis Ludlum.
England U18 winger Rotimi Segun started on the wing, with his younger brother, and Stowe teammate, Tosin, joining him on the opposite flank.
Saints may have stolen the show, but it was Saracens and Harlequins who started it off on Friday evening at Allianz Park.
Saracens won 24-12, and with plenty of players facing their schoolmates in the opposition ranks, this one was a rather special occasion, as a photo of the six Whitgift pupils (three on each side) doing the rounds on Twitter proved.
That scoreline was repeated on Sunday as Worcester Warriors saw off Sale Sharks to round off the weekendâ€™s action. Worcesterâ€™s next U18 action is against Leicester Tigers in December, followed by Gloucester, and they should have a good idea of both those sides after they played each other on Saturday.
Leicester won that one 17-15, but the tight scoreline suggests that both sides will pose a tough challenge when they come around for the West Midlands side.
Heading back to London, there were two very competitive games there on Saturday. London Irish got off to a brilliant start against one of the most impressive Academy sides in the country in recent times, Exeter Chiefs, winning 24-17 against the Devon side.
Wasps were hosting another side who have been keen to try out youngsters of late, Bath. The production line remains looking rosy for Bath, they beat their hosts 29-20.
The next round of the U18 Academy Premiership takes place around the weekend of the 13th December. Newcastle Falcons and Bristol will play their first games against Sale and Exeter respectively, with Northampton Saints and Saracens sitting that round out before they return again the weekend before Christmas.
U18 Academy Premiership Results:
Saracens 24-12 Harlequins
Leicester Tigers 17-15 Gloucester (Tigers v Gloucester â€“ report)
Northampton Saints 45-5 Yorkshire Carnegie (Saints v Yorkshire â€“ report)
London Irish 24-17 Exeter Chiefs
Wasps 20-29 Bath
Worcester Warriors 24-12 Sale Sharks (Worcester v Sale â€“ report)
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).
O Will SuttonÂ N Sam YamayamaÂ M Wesley DouglasÂ L George WorthÂ K Paolo OdogwuÂ J John HargreavesÂ I Ben WhiteÂ H George MirrinÂ G Stone Preistley NangleÂ F Charlie HarveyÂ E Alex GalletlyÂ D Charlie BeckettÂ C Fred TuilagiÂ B Luis EvittÂ A Owen Hills.
Replacements:Â P Aubrey GrimesÂ Q Jamie JackÂ R Jake ChartersÂ S Joe GreenÂ T Jordan OlowefeaÂ U Lewis WinterbottomÂ V Andrew BywaterÂ W Ryan Olowefea.
15 Malique HoldenÂ 14 Joe CareÂ 13 Elliot CreedÂ 12 Clayton DeeÂ 11 Robbie ForbesÂ 10 Robbie FaulknerÂ 9 Harry BassettÂ 8 Will SafeÂ 7 Joe MullisÂ 6 Gareth JonesÂ 5 Tyler JerrumÂ 4 Alex CraigÂ 3 Jack SpencerÂ 2 Henry WalkerÂ 1 Alex Chalkin.
Replacements: 16 Will HalyÂ 17 Guy ToyeÂ 18 Furgus TaylorÂ 19 Dewi WilcoxÂ 20 Myles ChurcherÂ 21 Jack CombsÂ 22 Blake Edwards.
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.
Exeter Chiefs: N/A
15 Connor McLeanÂ 14 Caleb ShepherdÂ 13 Conor DolanÂ 12 Connor EastgateÂ 11 Callum SirkerÂ 10 Jamie GeorgeÂ 9 James Small-EdwardsÂ 1 Charlie PerkinsÂ 2 Jamie CoxÂ 3 Cecil McCarthyÂ 4 Jack HolfordÂ 5 Ehize EhizodeÂ 6 Seun CokerÂ 7 Scott WhiteÂ 8 Jacob Turner.
Replacements:Â 16 Rauf BirlerÂ 17 Curtis ReynoldsÂ 18 Karl GarsideÂ 19 Joe TunneyÂ 20 Matt HandcockÂ 21 Alex CrockerÂ 22 Chris CullenÂ 23 Toni Kuku.
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).
15. Alex Mitchell,Â 14. Rory BrandÂ 13. Charlie Venables,Â 12. Connor Wilkinson,Â 11. Harry Blackwell,Â 10. Mark Dixon,Â 9. Conor Deever,Â 1. Jake Pope,Â 2. Joel Barker,Â 3. Josh Crawford,Â 4. Sam Haley,Â 5. Tom Bell,Â 6. Tom Curry,Â 7. Tom MacCuish,Â 8. Joe McGrail.
Replacements:Â 16. Chris Taylor,Â 17. George Williams,Â 18. Will Walker,Â 19. Drew Fray,Â 20. Max Davies,Â 21. Ben Curry,Â 22. Lewis Bradley,Â 23. Nathan Wyman.