England U16 produced a magnificent performance in Caerphilly yesterday against Wales, securing a 34-0 victory in the process.
Tries from Readingâ€™s Ben Loader, Merchant Taylorâ€™s Sam Moore, Brighton Collegeâ€™s Marcus Smith, River Schoolâ€™s Ted Hill, Warwickâ€™s Nick David, and Stoweâ€™s Tosin Segun, whose brother recently played for England U19, secured the win for England, alongside two conversions from Millfieldâ€™s Cameron Brown.
Both teams were selected following the BMW Wellington International Festival, with England selecting from their four Regional Divisional sides at Wellington, North, Midlands, South West, and London & South East, while Wales selected from their two sides who competing at the Festival, the Druids and the Celts.
It was England whose future stars came out on top though, with England U16 Head Coach Steve Shorthand being moved to comment on how pleased he was, saying:
â€œThe Welsh were very strong, so the score line probably isnâ€™t reflective of the full 80 minutes. Up until half-time, they were on the front foot but we really stepped things up in the second half and pulled away in the final twenty.â€
â€œIt was a real team effort with the forwards and backs combining in open play, and scoring some fantastic tries. The decisions between those who had a starting spot and those on the bench were very marginal, so we saw a real impact with players coming on. We powered on even more with their contribution.â€
â€œThe players have developed in so many facets over the past few months and have been outstanding. Today is a great reward for all their efforts. It was the last weekend of this programme and I wanted them to really focus on those marginal gains that make them better players, and continue to build on their self-belief and confidence. Iâ€™m incredibly pleased with what I saw today.â€
Full Time: Wales U16 0-34 England U16
England U16 (School & Academy â€“ Festival Region):
15 Nick David (Warwick & Worcester Warriors â€“ North)
14 Aaron Chapman (Kingâ€™s College, Taunton & Exeter Chiefs â€“ SW)
13 Tom Seabrook (Wycliffe College & Gloucester â€“ SW)
12 Reuben Bird-Tullock (Eltham College & Saracens â€“ LSE)
11 Ben Loader (Reading & London Irish â€“ SW)
10 Marcus Smith (Brighton College & Harlequins â€“ North)
9 Cameron Brown (Millfield & Bath â€“ SW)
1 Marcus Street (Queen Elizabethâ€™s, Crediton & Exeter Chiefs â€“ SW)
2 Beck Cutting (Bromsgrove & Worcester Warriors â€“ M)
3 Kieran Verden (Taunton Academy & Bath â€“ SW)
4 Josh Basham (Wellington College & London Irish â€“ SW)
5 Joe Tunney (Dr Challonerâ€™s & Wasps â€“ SW)
6 James Gulliver (Halliford & Harlequins â€“ LSE)
7 Charlie Wright (Honiton Community College & Exeter Chiefs â€“ SW)
8 Sam Moore (Merchant Taylorsâ€™ Crosby & Sale Sharks (N)
Replacements: 16 George Head (Tonbridge & Harlequins â€“ LSE),Â 17 George Costard (Dauntseyâ€™s & Bath â€“ SW),Â 18 Harrison Fowke (Bromsgrove & Gloucester â€“ M),Â 19 James Scott (Bishopâ€™s Bluecoat & Worcester Warriors â€“ M),Â 20 Ted Hill (River & Worcester Warriors â€“ M),Â 21 Tom Walsh (St Ambrose College & Sale Sharks â€“ N),Â 22 Tom Hardwick (Bedford Modern & Northampton Saints â€“ M),Â 23 Tosin Segun Stowe & Northampton Saints â€“ M).
Sam Dinsdale (Dragons/Bassaleg/Machen); Corey Baldwin (Scarlets/Bro Dinefwr), Dafydd Smith (Blues/Bro Morgannwg/Penarth), Ben Thomas (Blues/Corpus Christi/ St. Peters), Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets/Greenhill/Narbeth); Ben Jones (Blues/Afon Taf High/Mountain Ash), Harri Morgan (Ospreys/Langynwwyd/Bryncethin); Rhys Davies (Scarlets/ Haverfordwest/ Neyland), Iestyn Harries (Blues/Y.G. Cymer/Treorchy), Josh Reynolds (Dragons/Caerleon/NHSOB), Rhys Davies (Ospreys/Bishopston/Gowerton), Owen Lloyd (Blues/Stanwell/Penarth) Lewis Ellis-Jones (Scarlets/Penweddig/Aberystwyth), Sion Edwards (Blues/Porth County/Porth), Alun Lawrence (Blues/Y.G. Llanharri/Llantrisant)
Replacements: Jordan Sakkas (Blues/Radyr/Pentyrch), Tom Stacey (Blues/ Porth County/Porth), Daniel Schwartz (Blues/Cardiff High/Rhiwbina), Tom Ireland-Life (Blues/ Y.G. Gymraeg Glantaf/Rumney), Daniel Davies (Scarlets/ Bro Dinefwr/ Llandeilo), Daniel Babos (Dragons/Croesyceiliog/Pontypool), Keiran Griffiths (Exiles/ Millfield/ Haverfordwest), James McCarthy (Dragons/Caerleon/Machen)