The final group round of the LV= Cup takes place this weekend, following last weekendâ€™s games that were packed full of youthful exuberance.
There are not quite so many youngsters involved this weekend, a combination of the U20 6 Nations also taking place this weekend and the fact that a few sides are really pushing for semi final spots means there are less opportunities for the youngsters.
Nevertheless there are plenty of young future stars still on show. Sale Sharks play Llanelli Scarlets on Saturday, and while the Sale team looks to be a pretty experienced one, they have found room on their bench for former England U20 & U18 international, Cameron Neild, who left Manchester Grammar School a couple of years ago.
Leicester Tigers travel to Cardiff for their game, and while like Sale they have named a relatively experienced side, they also name a couple of exciting young talents, including 2013 & 2014 JWC winner George Catchpole at outside centre, and his former age-group international teammate Harry Thacker at openside, an interesting change for Thacker, who usual fills the hooking berth.
Bath, as ever, name a side packed with young talent, though they are without several top players such as Charlie Ewels, Rory Jennings and Max Clark due to U20 commitments.
Nevertheless Bryanston old boy Ollie Devoto starts at 10, with Sherborne 2013 graduate Will Homer at scrum half. Sam Burgess will attract headlines at inside centre, while young wingers Ollie Woodburn and Richard Lane are worth keeping an eye on.
In the pack ex Millfield star Tom Ellis comes in for his former Bryanston opposite man Ewels in the second row, while on the ben double NatWest Cup winner with Dulwich College, Beno Obano, awaits along with fellow youngster Tom Dunn.
Gloucester once again start with a schoolboy on the wing in Cheltenham Collegeâ€™s Ollie Thorley. Billy Burns, who was at fly half for England U20â€™s JWC win in the summer, is at full back, with his teammates from that title, Ross Moriarty and Henry Purdy at number 8 and outside centre respectively, and his U20 half back partner Callum Braley on the bench.
Harlequins have opted for a very experienced side, with an awful lot of regular first team players. Even double JWC winner Harry Sloan at outside centre has plenty of 1st XV appearances under his belt.
On the bench things are much more youthful though, with three school leavers included, hooker Charlie Piper from Cranleigh School, and the Whitgift School pair of Stan South and Henry Cheeseman covering the second and back rows respectively.
London Irish have likewise named a pretty experienced side, look out for Abingdon School fly half Theo Brophy-Clews on the bench though, who as a schoolboy last week became the youngest ever try scorer for London Irish.
Newcastle Falcons look as though they too have gone for experience, however Northampton Saints look to have opted for more of a blend with two JWC winners from last June, Sam Olver and Tom Stephenson, at fly half and inside centre respectively. Olver is a product of NatWest Cup semi finalists Oundle School.
Wasps and London welsh both name pretty experienced line-ups, as do Exeter Chiefs, however Saracens really have mixed their side up.
Captaining Saracens is Maro Itoje, who last week made his Saxons debut having been a key part of the England U20 JWC win just eight months ago. Itoje is a skilled leader though and led Saracens Storm to A league victory last month.
Also included are his fellow JWC winners Biyi Alo and Hayden Thompson-Stringer, with Millfield leaver Tom Whiteley joining Thompson-Stringer on the bench, where England international Alex Goode will sit alongside them.
As ever, there are plenty of future household names on show in this weekendâ€™s LV= Cup!
LV= Cup Fixtures:
Sale Sharks v Scarlets
Cardiff Blues v Leicester Tigers
Bath v Ospreys
Gloucester v Harlequins
London Irish v Newcastle Falcons
Northampton Saints v Wasps
Newport Gwent Dragons v London Welsh
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs
Mike Haley,Â Tom Arscott,Â Johnny Leota,Â Sammy Tuitupou,Â Mark Cueto,Â Nick Macleod,Â Will Cliff,Â Eifion Lewis-Roberts,Â Marc Jones,Â Vadim Cobilas,Â Jonathan Mills,Â Nathan Hines,Â Dan Braid (c),Â David Seymour,Â Josh Beaumont.
Replacements: Cameron Neild,Â Maxim Cobilas,Â Ross Harrison,Â Viliami Fihaki,Â Mark Easter,Â Nathan Fowles,Â Joe Ford,Â Tom Brady.
15 Kristian Phillips,Â 14 Kyle Evans,Â 13 Iolo Evans,Â 12 Adam Warren,Â 11 Aaron Warren,Â 10 Frazier Climo,Â 9 Rhodri Williams,Â 1 Rhys Thomas,Â 2 Darran Harris,Â 3 Ben Leung,Â 4 Jack Payne,Â 5 Shaun Jones,Â 6 Roy Osborn,Â 7 Sion Bennett,Â 8 Rory Pitman.
Replacements:Â Torin Myhill,Â Jacobie Adriaanse,Â Javan Sebastian,Â Josh Middleton, Ellis Lloyd,Â Justin James,Â Lee Williams,Â Richard Williams.
15 Geraint Walsh,Â 14 Owen Jenkins,Â 13 Joaquin Tuculet,Â 12 Adam Thomas,Â 11 Lucas Amorosino,Â 10 Gareth Davies,Â 9 Tavis Knoyle;Â 1 Thomas Davies,Â 2 Rhys Williams,Â 3 Craig Mitchell,Â 4 Miles Normandale,Â 5 Lou Reed,Â 6 Macauley Cook,Â 7 Ellis Jenkins (c),Â 8 James Sheekey.
Replacements:Â 16 Ethan Lewis,Â 17 Brad Thyer,Â 18 Taufa’ao Filise,Â 19 Ben Roach,Â 20 Craig Lodge,Â 21 Lloyd Williams,Â 22 Rhys Patchell,Â 23 Jack Phillips.
15 Tommy BellÂ 14 Niall MorrisÂ Â 13 George CatchpoleÂ 12 Jack RobertsÂ 11 Adam ThompstoneÂ 10 Owen WilliamsÂ 9 David MeleÂ 1 Michele RizzoÂ 2 Neil BriggsÂ 3 Fraser BalmainÂ 4 Jack WhettonÂ 5 Sebastian De Chaves (c)Â 6 Jamie GibsonÂ 7 Harry ThackerÂ 8 Laurence Pearce.
Replacements:Â 16 George NairnÂ 17 Tom BristowÂ 18 Logovi’i MulipolaÂ 19 Greg PetersonÂ 20 Tom PriceÂ 21 Sam HarrisonÂ 22 Matt SmithÂ 23 Terrence Hepetema.
15. Horacio AgullaÂ 14. Olly WoodburnÂ 13. Matt BanahanÂ 12. Sam BurgessÂ 11. Richard LaneÂ 10. Ollie DevotoÂ 9. Will HomerÂ 1. Max LahiffÂ 2. Rob WebberÂ 3. Kane Palma-NewportÂ 4. Stuart Hooper (c)Â 5. Tom EllisÂ 6. David SisiÂ 7. Guy MercerÂ 8. Carl Fearns.
Replacements:Â 16. Tom DunnÂ 17. Beno ObanoÂ 18. Henry ThomasÂ 19. Alafoti Fa’osilivaÂ 20. Leroy HoustonÂ 21. Chris CookÂ 22. Luke ArscottÂ 23. Semesa Rokoduguni.
15 Richard FussellÂ 14 Tom GrabhamÂ 13 Jonathan Spratt (c)Â 12 Josh MatavesiÂ 11 Aisea NatogaÂ 10 Sam DaviesÂ 9 Martin RobertsÂ 1 Marc ThomasÂ 2 Scott OttenÂ 3 Cai GriffithsÂ 4 Tevita CavubatiÂ 5 Rhodri HughesÂ 6 Olly CracknellÂ 7 Sam LewisÂ 8 Joe Bearman.
Replacements:Â 16 Matthew DwyerÂ 17 Duncan JonesÂ 18 Daniel SuterÂ 19 Tyler ArdronÂ 20 Ieuan JonesÂ 21 Tom HabberfieldÂ 22 Ben JohnÂ 23 Hanno Dirksen.
Billy Burns;Â Ollie Thorley,Â Henry Purdy,Â Bill Meakes,Â Steph Reynolds;Â Aled Thomas (c),Â Dan Robson;Â Dan Murphy,Â Aleki Lutui,Â Sila Puafisi;Â Elliott Stooke,Â Tom Hicks;Â Jacob Rowan,Â Dan Thomas,Â Ross Moriarty.
Replacements: Luke Cole,Â Yann Thomas,Â Shaun Knight,Â James Hudson,Â Lewis Ludlow,Â Callum Braley,Â Elliott Creed,Â Kai Little.
15. Ross ChisholmÂ 14. Ollie Lindsay-HagueÂ 13. Harry SloanÂ 12. Jordan Turner-HallÂ 11. Ugo MonyeÂ 10. Ben BoticaÂ 9. Karl DicksonÂ 1. Darryl MarfoÂ 2. Rob BuchananÂ 3. Matt ShieldsÂ 4. George MerrickÂ 5. Sam TwomeyÂ 6. Joe TrayfootÂ 7. Luke Wallace (c)Â 8. Netani Talei.
Replacements: 16. Charlie Piper Â 17. Mark LambertÂ 18. Joe GrayÂ 19. Stan SouthÂ 20. Henry CheesemanÂ 21. Jordan BurnsÂ 22. Tim SwielÂ 23. Aseli Tikoirotuma.
15. Tom Homer;Â 14. Topsy Ojo;Â 13. Eamonn Sheridan;Â 12. Eoin Griffin;Â 11. James Short;Â 10. Myles Dorrian;Â 9. TomÃ¡s Oâ€™Leary;Â 1. Leo Halavatau;Â 2. Jimmy Stevens;Â 3. Halani Aulika;Â 4. Nic Rouse (c);Â 5. Sean Cox;Â 6. Kieran Low;Â 7. Conor Gilsenan;Â 8. Daniel Leo.
Replacements:Â 16. Mike Mayhew;Â 17. Ken Dowding;Â 18. Richard Palframan;Â 19. David Lyons;Â 20. Ollie Curry;Â 21. Darren Allinson;Â 22. Theo Brophy-Clews;Â 23. Fergus Mulchrone.
15 Simon Hammersley,Â 14 Sinoti Sinoti,Â 13 Adam Powell,Â 12 Juan Pablo Socino,Â 11 Alesana Tuilagi,Â 10 Tom Catterick,Â 9 Mike Blair,Â 1 Eric Fry,Â 2 Scott Lawson,Â 3 Scott Wilson,Â 4 Calum Green,Â 5 Scott MacLeod,Â 6 Mark Wilson,Â 7 Will Welch (c),Â 8 Ally Hogg.
Replacements:Â 16 Rob Hawkins,Â 17 Rob Vickers,Â 18 Alex Rogers,Â 19 Dom Barrow,Â 20 Richard Mayhew,Â 21 Andy Davies,Â 22 Alex Tait,Â 23 Jamie Helleur.
15 Ahsee TualaÂ 14 Ken PisiÂ 13 Dom WaldouckÂ 12 Tom StephensonÂ 11 Jamie ElliottÂ 10 Sam OlverÂ 9 Kahn Fotualiâ€™iÂ 1 Alex CorbisieroÂ 2 Matti WilliamsÂ 3 Gareth DenmanÂ 4 Tom RyderÂ 5 James CraigÂ 6 Phil Dowson (c)Â 7 Teimana HarrisonÂ 8 Sam Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Mike HaywoodÂ 17 Ethan WallerÂ 18 Salesi Maâ€™afuÂ 19 Alex WoolfordÂ 20 Ben NutleyÂ 21 Alex DayÂ 22 Will HooleyÂ 23 George Pisi.
15. Rob MillerÂ 14. Josh BassettÂ 13. Elliot DalyÂ 12. Will HeluÂ 11. Tom VarndellÂ 10. Alex LozowskiÂ 9. Jack GashÂ 1. John YappÂ 2. Tom LindsayÂ 3. Will TaylorÂ 4. Will RowlandsÂ 5. James CannonÂ 6. Ed Jackson (c)Â 7. Thomas YoungÂ 8. Guy Thompson.
Replacements: 16. Carlo FestucciaÂ 17. Simon McIntyreÂ 18. Jake Cooper-WoolleyÂ 19. Kearnan MyallÂ 20. Nathan HughesÂ 21. Andy GoodeÂ 22. Glyn HughesÂ 23. George Eastwell.
Newport Gwent Dragons:
Tom Prydie,Â Matthew Pewtner,Â Pat Leach,Â Ashley Smith,Â Ashton Hewitt,Â Angus Oâ€™Brien,Â Luc Jones;Â Phil Price,Â Thomas Rhys Thomas, Â Brok Harris,Â Andrew Coombs,Â Rynard Landman (c),Â Lewis Evans,Â James Benjamin,Â Nick Crosswell.
Replacements:Â Rhys Buckley,Â Boris Stankovich,Â Dan Way,Â Ian Gough,Â Scott Matthews,Â Richie Rees,Â Jason Tovey,Â Jack Dixon.
15. Will Robinson,Â 14. Elliot Kear,Â 13. Nic Reynolds,Â 12. Seb Jewell (c),Â 11. Nick Scott,Â 10. Tristan Roberts,Â 9. Piri Weepu,Â 1. Nathan Trevett,Â 2. Nathan Morris,Â 3. Taione Vea,Â 4. Ben West,Â 5. James Down,Â 6. Peter Browne,Â 7. Richard Thorpe,Â 8. Opeti Fonua.
Replacements: 16. Rob Elloway,Â 17. Eddie Aholelei,Â 18. Jack Gilding,Â 19. Matt Corker,Â 20. Jesse Liston,Â 21. Alex Davies,Â 22. Olly Barkley,Â 23. James Tincknell.
15. Ben Ransom;Â 14. Mike Ellery,Â 13. Tim Streather,Â 12. Max Wilkins,Â 11. Catalin Fercu;Â 10. Nils Mordt,Â 9. Ben Spencer;Â 1. Rhys Gill,Â 2. Jared Saunders;Â 3. Biyi Alo,Â 4. Maro Itoje (c),Â 5. Hayden Smith;Â 6. Nick De Jager,Â 7. Matt Hankin,Â 8. Jackson Wray.
Replacements:Â 16. Brett Sharman,Â 17. Richard Barrington,Â 18. Ben Featherstone,Â 19. Kennett Sharples,Â 20. Hayden Thompson-Stringer,Â 21. Tom Whiteley,Â 22. Thretton Palamo,Â 23. Alex Goode.
15 Byron McGuiganÂ 14 Fetuâ€™u VainikoloÂ 13 Max BodillyÂ 12 Adam HughesÂ 11 Tom JamesÂ 10 Ceri Sweeney (c)Â 9 Dave LewisÂ 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 Carl RimmerÂ 18 Alex BrownÂ 19 Ed HolmesÂ 20 Ben WhiteÂ 21 Will ChudleyÂ 22 Laurence MayÂ 23 Jack Arnott.