Anglo-Welsh Cup: Round 3 Team News & Previews


The latest round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup takes place over the course of this weekend.


Round 3 sees action on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and as alwas in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, each and every team is stacked full of young stars of the future.


Bath v Gloucester


On Friday evening Bath host Gloucester at the Rec. Bath hand a debut to full back Harry Davies and include young stars like Beno Obano at loosehead, former England U20 captain Jack Walker at hooker, and former Millfield star Tom Ellis in the second row. Millfield leaver Josh Bayliss is on the bench, along with former schoolmate Adam Hastings, Bryanston old boy Max Clark, and Sherborne old boy Will Homer. Gloucester’s side is a little more experienced, but they are captained by World U20 Championship winning skipper and scrum half, Callum Braley. Former Scotland U20 scrum half Ben Vellacott is on the bench, along with Den Close’s former fly half Lloyd Evans, and one of the brightest young stars in the country, Mat Protheroe.


Exeter Chiefs v Wasps


Saturday evening bring these two high flyers together, and both have exciting sides. Exeter field a very young half back combination in Joe Simmonds and Stuart Townsend, with another youngster, Sam Skinnner, captaining the side from blindside. Former England age-group hooker Jack Innard is on the bench, along with a current schoolboy in Exeter College’s Joe Snow, and Exeter University prop Jack Owlett. Wasps start former England U20 flyer Piers O’Conor at full back, while Jacob Umaga, recently named in the England U20 squad for the 6 Nations, is at fly half. In the pack two of last year’s England U20 stars start, Will Stuart and Jack Willis, while on the bench they include St Benedict’s leaver Ehize Ehizode, and two current schoolboys, Tom Willis and Will Porter.


Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints


Leicester Tigers have picked a side sprinkled with plenty of experience for Saturday’s East Midlands derby. Young openside Will Evans gets another start, with Harry Wells and Harry Thacker also starting. The bench sees plenty of youth though, including Charlie Thackers, George Worth, Joe Maksymiw, Will Owen, and last year’s England U18 scrum half, Ben White. Saints have also added plenty of experience, but start young fly half Sam Olver. On the bench former Trent College hooker, James Fish, will come on, while the former St Joseph’s College captain Lewis Ludlam covers the back row, and last year’s Scotland U20 star, Rory Hutchinson, also awaits his chance.


Ospreys v Bristol


The returning Rhys Webb captains the Ospreys on Saturday, with the Bath bound Sam Underhill starting on the openside flank. Former NatWest Cup winner with Dulwich College, Tom O’Flaherty, is on the bench. O’Flaherty was yesterday announced to be moving to Exeter Chiefs at the end of the season. Bristol have picked a side that looks pretty close to full strength, with the likes of Tusi Pisi, Jack Lam, Tom Varndell, and Dan Tuohy all selected.


Newport Gwent Dragons v Newcastle Falcons


This game is the only fixture on Sunday, Newport have included one of Wales U20’s stars of last year on the bench, Angus O’Brien, with the star number 8 form that side, Harrison Keddie, getting a start. Newacstle Falcons have erred on the side of experience, but the bench has room for last year’s England U20 number 8, Callum Chick.


Sale Sharks v Cardiff Blues

Oundle leaver Tom Curry get a start on the blindside for Sale on Friday night, with his brother Ben on the bench. The two were both named in the England U20 squad earlier this week. Ben is joined on the bench by a number of former England U20 and U18 stars, including Cameron Neild, George Nott, and James Mitchell. Cardiff are captained by Cam Dolan, while Harri Millard gets a start on the wing.


Scarlets v Saracens


Scarlets are led for Friday night’s encounter by hooker Emyr Phillips, and include some young promising players in their matchday 23, including Billy McBryde, son of Robin McBryde, who is part of the senior Welsh coaching team. Saracens have turned highly in favour of youth. Haileybury leaver and new England U20 member, Nick Isiekwe, starts in the second row, with former U20 World Championship winner Joel Conlon at 6. Whitgift old boy Matt Gallagher is at full back, with former Stowe flyer Rotimi Segun making his debut on the wing. Felsted old boy and England U20 international Max Malins makes his debut at fly half, with Cranleigh old boy Henry Taylor at 9. The bench includes Tonbridge leaver Ben Earl and last year’s England U20 international Dominic Morris, with former Millfield star Tom Whiteley waiting in the wings to cover fly half.


Worcester Warriors v Harlequins


Worcester have named an experienced side for Saturday’s encounter. Former Filton star Auguy Slowik starts on the wing following his move from Bristol, while England U20 hooker Jack Singleton is on the bench along with Biyi Alo, who had his move from Saracens become permanent this week. Quins include former England U20 star Aaron Morris at full back, with ex-England U18 captain and former World Rugby U20 Player of the year James Chisholm at 6. On the bench Whitgift old boy Stan South awaits his chance.


Anglo-Welsh Cup Fixtures:


Bath v Gloucester

Exeter Chiefs v Wasps

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints

Ospreys v Bristol

Newport Gwent Dragons v Newcastle Falcons

Sale Sharks v Cardiff Blues

Scarlets v Saracens

Worcester Warriors v Harlequins


Team News



15 Harry Davies, 14 Jeff Williams, 13 Jack Wilson, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Chris Cook, 1 Beno Obano, 2 Jack Walker, 3 Shaun Knight, 4 Levi Douglas, 5 Tom Ellis, 6 David Sisi, 7 Guy Mercer (c), 8 Paul Grant.

Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Max Lahiff, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Josh Bayliss, 21 Will Homer, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Max Clark.



15 Tom Marshall, 14 David Halaifonua, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Andy Symons, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 James Hook, 9 Callum Braley (c), 1 Yann Thomas, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 4 Joe Batley, 5 Joe Latta, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Dan Thomas, 8 Freddie Clarke.

Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Salesi Ma’afu, 19 Tom Denton, 20 Will Safe, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Lloyd Evans, 23 Mat Protheroe.


Exeter Chiefs

15 Lachie Turner, 14 Max Bodilly, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Sam Hill, 11 James Short, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Stuart Townsend, 1 Carl Rimmer, 2 Shaun Malton, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Mitch Lees, 5 Damian Welch, 6 Sam Skinner (c), 7 Ben White, 8 Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: 16 Jack Innard, 17 Moray Low, 18 Jack Owlett, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Tom Lawday, 21 Joe Snow, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Matt Jess.



15 Piers O’Conor, 14 Guy Armitage, 13 Nick De Luca (c), 12 Brendan Macken, 11 Tom Howe, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Craig Hampson, 1 Tom Bristow, 2 Koree Britton, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Will Rowlands, 5 Marcus Garratt, 6 Ali Bone, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Alex Rieder.

Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 Tom West, 18 Simon McIntyre, 19 Ehize Ehizode, 20 Tom Willis, 21 Will Porter, 22 Warren Seals, 23 Owain James/ Joshua Hodson.


Leicester Tigers

15 Mathew Tait (c), 14 Tom Brady, 13 Jack Roberts, 12 Matt Smith, 11 George Catchpole, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Jono Kitto, 1 Michele Rizzo, 2 Harry Thacker, 3 Fraser Balmain, 4 Harry Wells, 5 Dom Barrow, 6 Tom Croft, 7 Will Evans, 8 Luke Hamilton.

Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Ben Betts, 19 Joe Maksymiw, 20 Will Owen, 21 Ben White, 22 George Worth, 23 Charlie Thacker.


Northampton Saints

15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Nafi Tuitavake, 12 Harry Mallinder, 11 Juan Pablo Estelles, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Tom Kessell, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Charlie Clare, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 David Ribbans, 5 Christian Day (c), 6 Jamie Gibson, 7 Ben Nutley, 8 Sam Dickinson.

Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Michael Paterson, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Rory Hutchinson, 23 James Wilson.



15 Dafydd Howells, 14 Jay Baker, 13 Joe Thomas, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Ben John, 10 Luke Price, 9 Rhys Webb (c), 1 Gareth Thomas, 2 Scott Otten, 3 Rhodri Jones, 4 James Ratti, 5 Adam Beard, 6 Joe Bearman, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Rob McCusker.

Replacements: 16 Ifan Phillips, 17 Rowan Jenkins, 18 Daniel Suter, 19 Tyler Ardron, 20 Will Jones, 21 Matthew Aubrey, 22 Phil Jones, 23 Tom O’Flaherty.



15 Jack Wallace, 14 David Lemi, 13 Will Hurrell, 12 Tusi Pisi, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Alby Mathewson, 1 Jack O’Connell, 2 Max Crumpton, 3 Gaston Cortes, 4 Dan Tuohy, 5 Ben Glynn, 6 Nick Fenton-Wells, 7 Jack Lam (c), 8 Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 18 James Hall, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 Giorgi Nemsadze, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Thretton Palamo, 23 Jack Tovey.


Newport Gwent Dragons

15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes (c), 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 1 Thomas Davies, 2 Rhys Buckley, 3 Brok Harris, 4 Matthew Screech, 5 Rynard Landman, 6 Ollie Griffiths, 7 Nic Cudd, 8 Harri Keddie.

Replacements: 16 Thomas Rhys Thomas, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 James Thomas, 20 Robson Blake, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Sam Beard.


Newcastle Falcons

15 Alex Tait, 14 Belisario Agulla, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 1 Rob Vickers, 2 Scott Lawson, 3 Jon Welsh, 4 Calum Green, 5 Evan Olmstead, 6 Sean Robinson, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Mark Wilson.

Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Adam Brocklebank, 18 Andrew Foster, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Callum Chick, 21 Michael Young, 22 Craig Willis, 23 Dominic Waldouck.


Sale Sharks

15 Mike Haley, 14 Denny Solomona, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Byron McGuigan, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Mike Phillips, 1 Ross Harrison, 2 Neil Briggs, 3 Halani Aulika, 4 Bryn Evans, 5 Jonathan Mills, 6 Tom Curry, 7 David Seymour (c), 8 Laurence Pearce.

Replacements: 16 Cameron Neild, 17 James Flynn, 18 Kieran Longbottom, 19 George Nott, 20 Ben Curry, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Sam James, 23 Mark Jennings.


Cardiff Blues

15 Aled Summerhill, 14 Teri Gee, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Garyn Smith, 11 Harri Millard, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Pele Cowley, 1 Corey Domachowski, 2 Ethan Lewis, 3 Kieron Assiratti, 4 Ben Edwards, 5 Seb Davies, 6 James Sheekey, 7 Morgan Sienawski, 8 Cam Dolan (c).

Replacements: 16 Liam Belcher, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Ben Leung, 19 Callum Bradbury, 20 Aled Ward, 21 Dane Blacker, 22 Ben Jones, 23 Cameron Lewis.



15 Dion Jones, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Steff Hughes, 12 Gareth Owen, 11 Corey Baldwin, 10 Jack Maynard, 9 Declan Smith, 1 Dylan Evans, 2 Emyr Phillips (c), 3 Nicky Thomas, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 6 Jack Condy, 7 Josh Macleod, 8 Morgan Allen.

Replacements: 16 Torin Myhill, 17 Gethin Robinson, 18 Peter Edwards, 19 Phil Day, 20 Tom Phillips, 21 Connor Lloyd, 22 Billy McBryde, 23 Richard Smith.



15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Tim Streather (c), 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Rotimi Segun, 10 Max Malins, 9 Henry Taylor, 1 Titi Lamositele, 2 Scott Spurling, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 4 Nick Isiekwe, 5 Mark Flanagan, 6 Joel Conlon, 7 Will Fraser, 8 Samu Vunisa.

Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Jack Culverhouse, 18 Billy Walker, 19 Kyle Baillie, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Tom Whiteley, 23 Dominic Morris.


Worcester Warriors

15 Ben Howard, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Auguy Slowik, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Luke Baldwin, 1 Na’ama Leleimalefaga, 2 Joe Taufete’e, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 5 Will Spencer, 6 Phil Dowson (c), 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Alafoti Faosiliva.

Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Darren Barry, 20 Matt Cox, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Tiff Eden, 23 Andy Short.



15 Aaron Morris, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Winston Stanley, 11 Alofa Alofa, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Karl Dickson, 1 Owen Evans, 2 Joe Gray, 3 Matt Shields, 4 Mark Reddish, 5 Charlie Matthews, 6 James Chisholm, 7 Dave Ward (c), 8 Mat Luamanu.

Replacements: 16 Elia Elia, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Tyler Gendall, 19 Stan South, 20 George Naoupu, 21 Charlie Mulchrone, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Ross Chisholm.

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