The Aviva A League returns tonight with a full fixture list across both conferences and plenty of young players in every starting squad.
Despite the U18 Academy league being played over the weekend, many players are doubling up to play in both games, including Millfieldâ€™s Adam Hastings and Darren Atkins for Bath United and Wellington College captain Will Wilson for Wasps A.
Bath United have named a very youthful side for their away trip to London Welsh, who are doing rather better than their 1st XV counterparts having won two of their four games, while Bath have won two from three. The Bath side is superbly young though, with Atkins starting on the wing, Ed Coulson at full back, Ollie Devoto and Will Homer at full back, and Rich Lane, Olly Woodburn, and Marcus Beer completing the backline. Meanwhile in the pack they are once again led by young Charlie Ewels, while two time Schools Cup winner Beno Obano starts at loosehead.
Those two sit third and fourth in the Southern Conference, three points ahead of London Irish in 5th, the Exiles play bottom of the table Harlequins A, who have won one from five, this evening. Irish name a young side with the likes of Theo Vukasinovic, Ross Neal, and Cam Cowell all starting, as do Quins who start Henry Cheeseman, James Chisholm, Kieran Treadwell, and Stan South in the pack and have plenty of youth elsewhere.
Between those two sides in the table are Wasps, who include the likes of Alex Lundberg, Piers Oâ€™Connor, and Tom Howe. However it is their bench that really excites, with three U18s; James Small-Edwards, Mike Dewar, and the previously mentioned Wilson.
They face the runaway league leaders, Saracens Storm. Saracens include Ben Spencer and George Perkins in the backs and are once again led by JWC winner Maro Itoje, with his JWC winning colleagues Biyi Alo and Hayden Thompson-Stringer alongside him.
Moving over to the Northern Conference, the oddity of Bristol being a â€˜northernâ€™ side again appears. They travel to Leicester Tigers A, who have had a poor start with just one win from four. Tigers have opted for experience but there is still an opportunity for the likes of George Catchpole and Harry Thacker. Bristol are also marginally more experienced than normal, though with last yearâ€™s Millfield captain Callum Sheedy at 10 and Jake Polledri in the pack as well as a host of youngsters on the bench, it is only marginally more.
Worcester Cavaliers and Newcastle Falcons are the pace-setters in the Northern Conference, both having won four from four. That unbeaten run will end tonight though for one of them presumably as they face each other at Worcester.
Worcester include a number of exciting players including former Kingâ€™s Worcester captain Andrew Boyce, while Newcastle include two Tuilagiâ€™s, including young Brian on the bench, former Durham prop Jake Ellwood, young flyer Tom Penny, and last yearâ€™s Sedberhg captain James Christie is on the bench.
That leaves Northampton Wanderers v Sale Jets these two lie 5th and 7th respectively and will be looking to pick up points and momentum. Saleâ€™s side includes youngsters Cameron Nield and Liam Parfitt in the backs, with Lymm High School old boy James Mitchell on the bench.
Northampton include plenty of youth, with Harry Mallinder, Josh Skelcey, and Tom Collins all starting in the backs, with Jordan Onojaife in the back and the likes of Sam Olver, Lewis Ludlum, and Rory Hutchinson on the bench.
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London Irish A v Harlequins A
Leicester Tigers A v Bristol United
Northampton Wanderers v Sale Jets
Worcester Cavaliers v Newcastle Falcons A
London Welsh A v Bath United
Saracens Storm v Wasps A
15. Cameron Cowell;Â 14. James Short;Â 13. Tom Fowlie;Â 12. Ross Neal;Â 11. Harry Lightfoot-Brown;Â 10. Myles Dorrian (c);Â 9. Connor Murphy;Â 1. Johnny Harris;Â 2. Harry Allen;Â 3. Ken Dowding;Â 4. Theo Vukasinovic;Â 5. Dave Lyons;Â 6. Ollie Currie;Â 7. Greg Brown;Â 8. Armand Roux.
Replacements:Â 16. James Catton;Â 17. Ben Knight;Â 18. Toby Salmon;Â 19. Luke Frost;Â 20. Seb Rodwell;Â 21. Matt Jarvis;Â 22. Tom Chalcroft;Â 23. Ollie Phillips.Â
15 Ollie Lindsay-HagueÂ 14 Charlie WalkerÂ 13 Harry SloanÂ 12 Tom CassonÂ 11 Ugo MonyeÂ 10 Louis GrimoldbyÂ 9 Tito TebaldiÂ 1 Darryl MarfoÂ 2 Rob BuchananÂ 3 Kyle SincklerÂ 4 Stan SouthÂ 5 Sam TwomeyÂ 6 Kieran TreadwellÂ 7 James Chisholm 8 Henry Cheeseman.
Replacements:Â 16 Charlie PiperÂ 17 Seb Adeniran-OluleÂ 18 TBAÂ 19 George MerrickÂ 20 Harry RowlandÂ 21 Jordan BurnsÂ 22 Ross ChisholmÂ 23 Gareth Stoppani.
Leicester Tigers A:
15 Tommy Bell 14 Adam Thompstone 13 George Catchpole 12 Jack Roberts Â 11 Miles Benjamin 10 Freddie Burns 9 David Mele 1 Tom Bristow 2 Harry Thacker (c) 3 Tiziano Pasquali Â 4 Gregory Peterson 5 Tom Price 6 Jack Whetton 7 Charlie Beckett 8 Ed Milne.
Replacements:16 Neil Briggs 17 Aniseko Sio 18 Riccardo Brugnara Â 19 Charlie Harvey 20 Jake Farnworth 21 George Prince 22 Oli Bryant 23 Rhys Williams.
Charlie Amesbury;Â George Watkins,Â Jack Tovey,Â Mark Cooke,Â Ryan Edwards;Â Callum Sheedy,Â Luke Baldwin;Â Matias Diaz,Â Rhys Lawrence,Â Gaston Cortes,Â Chris Pursall (Old Reds),Â Joe Joyce (c),Â Jake Polledri,Â Josh Ovens,Â Ben Skirving.
Replacements: James Stephenson,Â Ollie Streeter (Weston),Â Louis Wolf (Clifton),Â Dale Lemon (UWE),Â Tim Turner,Â Lucas Slowik,Â Elias Caven (SGS Filton).
15 Tom CollinsÂ 14 Josh SkelceyÂ 13 Dom WaldouckÂ 12 Harry MallinderÂ 11 Jamie ElliottÂ 10 Will HooleyÂ 9 Joel HodgsonÂ 1 Ross McMillanÂ 2 Matti WilliamsÂ 3 Tom MerceyÂ 4 Jordan OnojaifeÂ 5 Alex WoolfordÂ 6 Ben NutleyÂ 7 Teimana HarrisonÂ 8 Cam Dolan.
Replacements: 16 Reece MarshallÂ 17 Craig VoiseyÂ 18 Stefan ThorppÂ 19 Tom Taylor-DawesÂ 20 Lewis LudlumÂ 21 Alex DayÂ 22 Sam OlverÂ 23 Rory Hutchinson.
Mark Lawrence, John O’Donnell, Sam James, Sam Bedlow, Phil Mackenzie, Tom Morton, Nathan Fowles, James Flynn, Cameron Neild, George Hymes, Tom Bell, Tom Sanders, Andy Hughes (capt.), Liam Parfitt, Viliami Fihaki,
Replacements: Max Cobilas, Phil Mills, Tom Lanaway, Josh Boland, Mike Quickenden, James Mitchell, Ciaran Connelly, Jack Wise.
15 Ben HowardÂ 14 James StephensonÂ 13 Alex GroveÂ 12 Ravai FatiakiÂ 11 Josh DrauniniuÂ 10 Ignacio MieresÂ 9 JB Bruzulier (c)Â 1 Ryan BowerÂ 2 Niall AnnettÂ 3 Joe ReesÂ 4 Matt PerksÂ 5 Dan SandersonÂ 6 Richard de CarpentierÂ 7 Andrew BoyceÂ 8 Leo Senatore.
Replacements:Â 16 Ben SowreyÂ 17 Jack CosgroveÂ 18 Alex GordasÂ 19 Myles EdwardsÂ 20 Charlie MulchroneÂ 21 Andy SymonsÂ 22 Perry HumphreysÂ 23 Mat Gilbert.
Newcastle Falcons A:
15 Brett Connon 14 Tom Penny 13 Danny Barnes 12 Aniteli Tuilagi 11 Lee Smith 10 Phil Godman 9 Andy Davies 1 Jake Elwood 2 Rob Hawkins 3 Mark Irving 4 Scott Macleod 5 Josh Hedley 6 Sebastian Ferreira 7 Dan Temm 8 Ben Morris.
Replacements: 16 David Nelson 17 Sam White 18 Andrew Adams 19 Harry Snowdon 20 Brian Tuilagi 21 Dan Taylor 22 James Christie 23 Peter Weightman.
London Welsh A:
1. Nathan Trevettâ€¨ 2. Koree Britton â€¨3. Jack Gilding â€¨4. Josh McNally â€¨5. Matt Corker â€¨6. Ben Westâ€¨ 7. Jesse Liston â€¨8. Ben Pienaarâ€¨ 9. Ed Hoadley â€¨10. Will Robinson â€¨11. Sam Isaacs â€¨12. James Tincknell â€¨13. Courtney Morrison â€¨14. Conor Corrigan â€¨15. Ben Summers.
Replacements:â€¨ 16. Mungo Strachan â€¨17. Ian Williamsâ€¨ 18. Jimmy Litchfield â€¨19. Clarke Smithâ€¨ 20. Ollie Stedman â€¨21. Paul Rowley â€¨22. Phil Ellisâ€¨ 23. Charlie Self.
15 Ed CoulsonÂ 14 Darren AtkinsÂ 13 Olly WoodburnÂ 12 Marcus BeerÂ 11 Richard LaneÂ 10 Ollie DevotoÂ 9 Will HomerÂ 1 Beno ObanoÂ 2 Tom DunnÂ 3 Kane Palma-NewportÂ 4 Will SpencerÂ 5 Charlie Ewels (c)Â 6 David SisiÂ 7 Guy MercerÂ 8 Carl Fearns.
Replacements:Â 16 Tom WoolstencroftÂ 17 J.P. OrlandiÂ 18 Dan KeatesÂ 19 Tom EllisÂ 20 Max Northcote-GreenÂ 21 Rory JenningsÂ 22 Adam HastingsÂ 23 Kristian Otto.
15. Catalin Fercu;Â 14. Mike Ellery,Â 13. Tim Streather,Â 12. Thretton Palamo,Â 11. George Perkins;Â 10. Nils Mordt,Â 9. Ben Spencer;Â 1. Richard Barrington,Â 2. Jared Saunders,Â 3. Biyi Alo,Â 4. Maro Itoje (c),Â 5. Hayden Smith,Â 6. Hayden Thompson-Stringer,Â 7. Matt Hankin,Â 8. Nick De Jager.
Replacements: 16. Josh Taylor,Â 17. Jack Culverhouse,Â 18. Billy Walker,Â 19. Mike Tredrea,Â 20. Don Barrell,Â 21. Tom Whiteley,Â 22. Max Malins,Â 23. Nick Tompkins.
1. Alex LundbergÂ 2. George EdgsonÂ 3. Phil SwainstonÂ 4. Will RowlandsÂ 5. James CannonÂ 6. Buster LawrenceÂ 7. Oskar Hirskyj-DouglasÂ 8. Ed JacksonÂ 9. Tom BlissÂ 10. Glyn HughesÂ 11. Josh BassettÂ 12. George EastwellÂ 13. Ollie EvansÂ 14. Tom HoweÂ 15. Piers O’Conor.
Replacements:Â 16. Ian Browne (Guest)Â 17. Tom WestÂ 18. Will TaylorÂ 19. Will Wilson (U18)Â 20. Mike Dewar (U18)Â 21. James Small-Edwards (U18)Â 22. TBCÂ 23. Shaquille Jack (Guest).