With the international window now just about underway, the LV=Cup kicks off again this weekend, and as expected, plenty of young players will be given a chance to play.
Perhaps none more so than Harlequins and Bath, who play each other live on Sky Sports on Saturday afternoon.
Harlequins include double JWC winner Harry Sloan at inside centre, as well as the previous two JWC winning number 8, Jack Clifford who captained England U20 to victory in 2013 starts at openside, and James Chisholm, who played number 8 in last yearâ€™s victorious U20 side starts in the same position tomorrow.
On the bench are a number of school leavers, including Wellington College leaver Seb Adeniran-Olule, ex John Fisher man Kieran Treadwell, and last yearâ€™s Whitgift star, Henry Cheeseman.
Quins have plenty of experience in their side though, while Bath have named an incredibly youthful side, including a whole host of U20s.
Their backline includes yesterdayâ€™s England U20 call ups Will Homer and Rory Jennings, as well as the already selected Max Clark, who played for Bryanston School with Jennings last year.
Their school 1st XV captain the year before was Charlie Ewels, he starts in the second row, with 2013 JWC winner David Sisi at 8.
On the bench Ewelsâ€™ Bryanson teammate Tom Woolstencroft covers hooker, with double NatWest Cup winning prop with Dulwich College, Beno Obano. Millfield leaver Tom Ellis is also on the bench, as is a man who left the school a year earlier, Max Northcote-Green, while St Josephâ€™s College leaver George Wacokecoke is also on the bench.
They are far from the only two sides opting for youth though, Gloucester play the Ospreys and include several youngsters, including most notably the current Cheltenham College pupil, Ollie Thorley, on the wing. He is supported by 2014 JWC winners Callum Braley and Billy Burns at half back as well as Henry Purdy at outside half.
In the back second row Elliot Stooke and number 8 Ross Moriarty have also picked up JWC titles, as have Joe Batley and Lewis Ludlow on the bench, while Kai Little was a part of England U18s successful FIRA/AER European Championship win last year.
Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints is always a monumental clash, but both have felt able to give plenty of youngsters a run. Leicesterâ€™s George Catchpole and Harry Thacker will be familiar names to followers of youth rugby, as will Charlie Beckett on the bench.
Saints have mixed things up quite subtly, Tom Stephenson at centre and Howard Packman on the wing were both a part of England U20s JWC title last year, as were Jordan Onojaife and Sam Olver on the bench, while Rory Hutchinson is part of the Scotland U20 set up.
London Irish have gone for experience against the Scarlets, though last yearâ€™s England U18 fly half and Abingdon leaver Theo Brophy-Clews is on the bench. Wasps to are fairly experienced for their game against Cardiff blues, but the likes of Piers Oâ€™Connor, recent Shiplake leaver Tom Howe, and Hampton old boy Alex Lundberg add a real sense of youth.
London Welsh opt for real experience v Saracens, as their centre selection of Tom May and Olly Barkley shows, however Saracens are really opting for youth as their resources are stretched with international representation and their game against the Blue Bulls.
Max Wilkins starts at outside centre with Geroge Perkins on the wing, while a pair of JWC winners last year in Biyi Alo and Hayden Thompson-Stringer are in the pack.
On the bench the likes of Max Malins and Millfield School leaver Tom Whiteley add even more exciting youth to the Saracens ranks.
Exeter opt for a reasonably experienced starting XV against Newport Gwent Dragons, but include the likes of Joel Conlon, Jack Stanley, and Stuart Townsend on the bench, which ought to add some real excitement.
The final game of the weekend is Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks. Newcaslte have named a very experienced line up, hwoever Sale have opted for the opposite tactic as shown by the selection of a pair of last yearâ€™s England U18 starts, George Nott, and St Ambrose College old boy Ciaran Parker.
As ever, the LV=Cup ought to offer a great chance to see a few of tomorrowâ€™s stars in action!
Harlequins v Bath
Gloucester v Ospreys
Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints
Scarlets v London Irish
Wasps v Cardiff Blues
London Welsh v Saracens
Newport Gwent Dragons v Exeter Chiefs
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks
15. Ross ChisholmÂ 14. Tom WilliamsÂ 13. Tom CassonÂ 12. Harry SloanÂ 11. Charlie WalkerÂ 10. Nick EvansÂ 9. Karl DicksonÂ 1. Darryl MarfoÂ 2. Rob BuchananÂ 3. Mark Lambert (c)Â 4. George MerrickÂ 5. Sam TwomeyÂ 6. Joe TrayfootÂ 7. Jack CliffordÂ 8. James Chisholm.
Replacements: 16. Joe GrayÂ 17. Seb Adeniran-OluleÂ 18. Matt ShieldsÂ 19. Kieran TreadwellÂ 20. Henry CheesemanÂ 21. Jordan BurnsÂ 22. Ben BoticaÂ 23. Ollie Lindsay-Hague.
15 Horacio AgullaÂ 14 Olly WoodburnÂ 13 Max ClarkÂ 12 Matt BanahanÂ 11 Richard LaneÂ 10 Rory JenningsÂ 9 Will HomerÂ 1 Nick AuteracÂ 2 Tom DunnÂ 3 Kane Palma-Newport Â 4 Dom DayÂ 5 Charlie EwelsÂ 6 Alafoti Fa’osilivaâ€¨ 7 Guy Mercer (c) â€¨8 David Sisi.
Replacements:â€¨â€¨16 Tom Woolstencroft â€¨17 Beno Obanoâ€¨ 18 Max Lahiffâ€¨ 19 Tom Ellisâ€¨ 20 Max Northcote-Greenâ€¨ 21 Micky Youngâ€¨ 22 Peter Stringerâ€¨ 23 George Wacokecoke.
Aled Thomas (c);Â Steph Reynolds,Â Henry Purdy,Â Bill Meakes,Â Ollie Thorley;Â Billy Burns,Â Callum Braley;Â Dan Murphy,Â Darren Dawidiuk,Â Sila Puafisi;Â Elliott Stooke,Â Tom Hicks;Â Dan Thomas,Â Jacob Rowan,Â Ross Moriarty.
Replacements:Â Aleki Lutui,Â Yann Thomas,Â Shaun Knight,Â Joe Batley,Â Lewis Ludlow,Â Dan Robson, Elliott Creed,Â Kai Little.
15 Richard FussellÂ 14 Tom GrabhamÂ 13 Jonathan Spratt (c)Â 12 Ben JohnÂ 11 Dafydd HowellsÂ 10 Sam DaviesÂ 9 Tom HabberfieldÂ 1 Gareth Thomas Â 2 Scott OttenÂ 3 Daniel SuterÂ 4 Rynier BernardoÂ 5 Tevita CavubatiÂ 6 Olly CracknellÂ 7 Ieuan JonesÂ 8 Morgan Allen.
Replacements:Â 16 Matthew DwyerÂ 17 Tom SloaneÂ 18 Cai GriffithsÂ 19 Rhodri HughesÂ 20 Ifereimi BoladauÂ 21 Martin RobertsÂ 22 Joe ThomasÂ 23 Aisea Natoga.
15 Tommy BellÂ 14 Niall MorrisÂ 13 George CatchpoleÂ 12 Jack RobertsÂ 11 Adam ThompstoneÂ 10 Owen WilliamsÂ 9 Sam Harrison (c)Â 1 Michele RizzoÂ 2 Harry ThackerÂ 3 Fraser BalmainÂ 4 Greg PetersonÂ 5 Sebastian De ChavesÂ 6 Jamie GibsonÂ 7 Robert BarbieriÂ 8 Laurence Pearce.
Replacements:Â 16 Neil BriggsÂ 17 Riccardo BrugnaraÂ 18 Logovi’i MulipolaÂ 19 Jack WhettonÂ 20 Charlie BeckettÂ 21 David MeleÂ 22 Matt SmithÂ 23 Terrence Hepetema.
15 Tom CollinsÂ 14 Jamie ElliotÂ 13 Dom WaldouckÂ 12 Tom StephensonÂ 11 Howard PackmanÂ 10 Will HooleyÂ 9 Joel HodgsonÂ 1 Ethan WallerÂ 2 Matti WilliamsÂ 3 Gareth DenmanÂ 4 Tom RyderÂ 5 Alex WoolfordÂ 6 Phil Dowson (c)Â 7 Teimana Harrison 8 Cam Dolan.
Replacements: 16 Reece MarshallÂ 17 Danny Hobbs-AwoyemiÂ 18 Adam ParkinsÂ 19 Jordan OnojaifeÂ 20 Ben NytleyÂ 21 Alex DayÂ 22 Sam OlverÂ 23 Rory Huthcinson.
15 Josh Lewis, Â 14 Harry Robinson, Â 13 Frazier Climo, Â 12 Adam Warren, Â 11 Kristian Phillips, Â 10 Steven Shingler, Â 9 Rhodri Williams, Â 1 Phil John, Â 2 Ken Owens (c),Â Â 3 Peter Edwards,Â Â 4 George Earle,Â Â 5 Lewis Rawlins,Â Â 6 Phil Day,Â Â 7 Will Boyde,Â Â 8 Rory Pitman.
Replacements:Â Darran Harris,Â Wyn Jones,Â Jacobie Adriaanse,Â Jack Payne,Â Sion Bennett,Â Kieran Hardy,Â Dan Jones,Â Kyle Evans.
15. Tom Homer;Â 14. James Short;Â 13. Tom Fowlie;Â 12. Eoin Griffin;Â 11. Andrew Fenby;Â 10. Myles Dorrian;Â 9. Darren Allinson;Â 1. Johnny Harris;Â 2. Jimmy Stevens;Â 3. Leo Halavatau;Â 4. Nic Rouse (c); 5. Sean Cox;Â 6. Kieran Low;Â 7. Conor Gilsenan;Â 8. Dan Leo.
Replacements: 16. Mike Mayhew;Â 17. Halani Aulika;Â 18. Richard Palframan;Â 19. David Lyons;Â 20. Ollie Curry;Â 21. TomÃ¡s Oâ€™Leary;Â 22. Theo Brophy-Clewes;Â 23. Eamonn Sheridan.
15. Alex Lozowskiâ€¨ 14. Will Heluâ€¨ 13. Andrea Masi â€¨12. Sailosi Tagicakibau â€¨11. Josh Bassett â€¨10. Glyn Hughesâ€¨ 9. Charlie Daviesâ€¨ 1. John Yappâ€¨ 2. Tom Lindsayâ€¨ 3. Phil Swainstonâ€¨ 4. Will Rowlandsâ€¨ 5. James Cannonâ€¨ 6. Ed Jackson (c)â€¨ 7. Thomas Youngâ€¨ 8. Guy Thompson.
Replacements:16. Edd Shervingtonâ€¨ 17. Alex Lundbergâ€¨ 18. Will Taylorâ€¨ 19. Buster Lawrenceâ€¨ 20. Oskar Hirskyj-Douglasâ€¨ 21. James Small-Edwardsâ€¨ 22. Tom Howeâ€¨ 23. Piers Oâ€™Conor.
15 Joaquin Tuculet,Â 14 Richard Smith,Â 13 Garyn Smith,Â 12 Adam Thomas,Â 11 Lucas Amorosino,Â 10 Rhys Patchell,Â 9 Lewis Jones;Â 1 Thomas Davies,Â 2 Rhys Williams,Â 3 Craig Mitchell,Â 4 Miles Normandale,Â 5 Seb Davies,Â 6 Macauley Cook,Â 7 Ellis Jenkins (c),Â 8 James Sheekey.
Replacements:Â 16 Liam Belcher,Â 17 Brad Thyer,Â 18 Dillon Lewis,Â 19 Ben Roach,Â 20 Jordan Viggers,Â 21 Tomos Williams,Â 22 Simon Humberstone,Â 23 Geraint Walsh.
15. Elliot Kear,Â 14. Alan Awcock,Â 13. Tom May (c),Â 12. Olly BarkleyÂ 11. Nick Scott,Â 10. Tristan Roberts,Â 9. Rob Lewis,Â 1. Nathan Trevett,Â 2. Koree Britton,Â 3. Taione Vea,Â 4. Ben West,Â 5. James Down,Â 6. Ben Pienaar,Â 7. Carl Kirwan,Â 8. Opeti Fonua.
Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris,Â 17. Eddie Aholelei,Â 18. Ben Cooper,Â 19. Dean Schofield,Â 20. Richard Thorpe,Â 21. Alex Davies,Â 22. Will Robinson,Â 23. James Lewis.
15. Catalin Fercu;Â 14. Mike Ellery,Â 13. Max Wilkins,Â 12. Threttom Palamo,Â 11. George Perkins;Â 10. Nils Mordt (c),Â 9. Ben Spencer;Â 1. Jack Culverhouse,Â 2. Jared Saunders,Â 3. Biyi Alo,Â 4. Kennett Oâ€™Neil,Â 5. Jack Tredrea,Â 6. Hayden Thompson-Stringer,Â 7. Matt Hankin,Â 8. Nick de Jager.
Replacements: 16. Josh Taylor,Â 17. Ralph Adams-Hale,Â 18. Ben Featherstone,Â 19. Hamish Hamilton,Â 20. James Stockdale,Â 21. Tom Whiteley,Â 22. Henry Staff,Â 23. Max Malins.
Newport Gwent Dragons:
Geraint Rhys Jones,Â Tom Prydie,Â Carl Meyer,Â Ashley Smith (c),Â Ashton Hewitt,Â Dorian Jones,Â Richie Rees;Â Lloyd Fairbrother,Â Hugh Gustafson,Â Dan Way,Â Matthew Screech,Â Cory Hill,Â Nick Crosswell,Â James Benjamin,Â Andy Powell.
Replacements:Â Rhys Buckley,Â Owen Evans,Â David Young,Â Joe Davies,Â Scott Matthews,Â Luc Jones,Â Angus Oâ€™Brien,Â Jack Dixon.
15 Byron McGuiganÂ 14 Fetuâ€™u VainikoloÂ 13 Ian WhittenÂ 12 Adam HughesÂ 11 Tom JamesÂ 10 Ceri Sweeney (c)Â 9 Haydn ThomasÂ 1 Brett SturgessÂ 2 Elvis TaioneÂ 3 Tomas FrancisÂ 4 Jerry SextonÂ 5 Will Carrick-SmithÂ 6 Tom JohnsonÂ 7 Sam SimmondsÂ 8 Sam Skinner.
Replacements: 16 Greg BatemanÂ 17 Jake Woolmore Â 18 Jack StanleyÂ 19 Ed HolmesÂ 20 Joel ConlonÂ 21 Stuart TownsendÂ 22 Laurence MayÂ 23 Max Bodilly.
15 Alex Tait,Â 14 Lee Smith,Â 13 Jamie Helleur,Â 12 Anitelea Tuilagi,Â 11 Danny Barnes,Â 10 Rory Clegg,Â 9 Ruki Tipuna;Â 1 Eric Fry,Â 2 Rob Hawkins,Â 3 Alex Rogers,Â 4 Josh Furno,Â 5 Scott MacLeod,Â 6 Richard Mayhew,Â 7 Andy Saull (c),Â 8 Uili Koloâ€™ofai.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson,Â 17 Rob Vickers,Â 18 Mark Irving,Â 19 Sean Robinson,Â 20 Ally Hogg,Â 21 Mike Blair,Â 22 Phil Godman, Â 23 Simon Hammersley.
Luke McLean,Â Tom Brady,Â Andy Forsyth,Â Sam Bedlow,Â Phil Mackenzie,Â Joe Ford,Â Nathan Fowles,Â Alberto de Marchi,Â Tommy Taylor,Â Ciaran Parker,Â Andrei Ostrikov,Â George Nott,Â Mark Easter,Â TJ Ioane,Â Viliami Fihaki.
Replacements: Shalva Mamukashvili,Â Maxim Cobilas,Â James Flynn,Â Nathan Hines,Â Andy Hughes,Â Will Cliff,Â Nick Macleod,Â Sam James.