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England Counties U18 squad for International Triangular Festival named

The England Counties U18 squad has been named ahead of the International Triangular Festival at the end of the month.

The 24 man squad will meet a France U18 XV and Irish Clubs U18 at Hartpury College, hosts of the 2015 Festival.

England face the French on Saturday 28th March and the Irish Clubs side on the final day of the Festival, Saturday 4th April, while the French XV and Irish Clubs U18s meet on the Wednesday in between.

The England Counties U18s (or Clubs & Schools U18s as they were previously known) has proved to be a valuable stepping stone for players who might have slipped through the net at England U18 level. Saracens’ Aaron Morris, a JWC winner with England U20 in June and a key player in their U20 6 Nation campaign this year, is a great example, as is the former St Joseph’s College fly half Dan Lewis, who played for the Counties side last year and now plays for Oyonnax in France.

There are plenty of prestigious schools and top class players in this year’s squad, Warwick’s Jamie Shillock is another half back to look out for. There are even a few schools who have made the tremendous achievement of having two pupils in the squad. St Paul’s have Jacob atkins and Connor Hayhow included in the backline, while Sandbach have Owen MacCuish and John Whittaker included in the pack, as do AASE side Myerscough College, who have Joseph Duffy and Jack Conteh included in the forward pack.

The squad should certainly play some exciting rugby, and remember these names, a few could well become household in a few years time.

England Counties U18 Fixtures:

England Counties U18 v France U18 Select XV – Saturday 28th March

England Counties U18 v Ireland Clubs U18 – Saturday 4th April

England Counties U18 Squad

Name

School

Forwards

Harrison Berresford

Hautlieu School

Jack Conteh

Myerscough College

Tom Doughty

St Batholomew’s

Joseph Duffy

Myerscough College

Cameron Gray

The Oratory

Max Hill

Worcester 6th form College

Kiaran Knight

St Peter’s, Gloucester

Owen MacCuish

Sandbach

John McKenzie

Runshaw College

Dylan Morris

Reed’s

Joshua Novell

Bede’s School

Matthew Palphreyman

Wirral Grammar School

Justin Rowland

George Abbott School

John Whittaker

Sandbach

Backs

Jacob Atkins

St Paul’s

Myles Bean

King Edward VI School, Aston

Ruaridh Dawson

Newcastle School for Boys

Connor Hayhow

St Paul’s

Aaron Martin

Bilton

William Newett

Grammar School at Leeds

James Shillock

Warwick

James Spencer

QEGS Penrith

Benjamin Usher

The Priory Academy

Fergus Wood

Ardingly College

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