Academy Rugby: Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League | Finals Day Preview

The Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League Finals Day takes place this Sunday at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium, with all 14 Academies in action over the course of the day.


Northampton Saints and Bath will meet in the final at 7.35pm, it will be a third final in a row for Northampton Saints, who are seeking a first title since 2014, while for Bath it is a huge leap from their 9th place finish last year as they seek a maiden Academy League title.


Bath arrive at the final as the only side in either pool that went unbeaten, securing a maximum 30 points after winning all six of their games with a bonus point. Northampton Saints topped the North Pool but did drop a game in Round 3 against a very good Sale Sharks side, however Sale’s opening round draw with Midlands West and a second round defeat to Leicester Tigers meant that Saints pipped them to the top by three points.


It has been a Southern dominated title destination since the pandemic, with Bristol Bears winning the title in 2022 and London Irish (now London & South Central) winning last year, prior to that Leicester Tigers had won three in a row, sharing their third with London Irish in 2020.


Saints are going to be itching to change that, and will be desperate to avoid a third final defeat on the bounce. There are plenty in the squad that played in that defeat last year, and perhaps that experience may make a difference. However Bath will be excited too, that unbeaten record has bred real confidence and they will be on familiar territory have played at Kingsholm just last week.


The third place play off meanwhile starts at 5.50pm, featuring Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs, a mighty rise for both after 11th and 13th place finishes last year. Sale have been magnificent, they have been dominant since Christmas and only a tough two opening rounds, when they were without their England U18 players, has kept them off top spot. Exeter have likewise been superb, one more try against Bath and they would have beaten them to take top. It should be a mighty 3rd place game.


At 3.50pm the 5th place play off takes place, last year’s bottom placed side Midlands West taking on the side that finished 5th last year, Saracens, the 2015 champions. Midlands West have looked like the third best in the north all campaign, and actually drew against Sale, only Saints have beaten them. Saracens have meanwhile been in a dog-fight with Bristol Bears and London & South Central all campaign but a brilliant performance against Harlequins in the final round saw them into this 5th place game.


Two former champions meet in the 7th place play-off, Leicester Tigers and Bristol Bears at 12.40pm. The two met in last year’s third place play off, Tigers winning that one, and the two former champions will be excited to meet again. Tigers had a funny old campaign, with some real highs and some real lows, but victory on the final day over Midlands Central was enough to secure a mid-table finish. Bristol Bears meanwhile were competitive in every game, and came as close as anyone to getting the better of Bath and Exeter, only bonus points preventing them challenging Tigers for a higher spot.


Last year’s champions, London & South Central (formerly London Irish), will compete in the 9th place play-off at 11.05am against Midlands Central, who finished 6th last year. Both were in real contention for higher finishes, and London & South Central collected a whopping 7 bonus points from their six games. They may only have won two, but in every game they seemed to contested in high-scoring thrillers. Each has the squad to produce real fireworks, and could put on one of the most exciting games of finals day.


The day actually kicks off with the 11th place play off at 9.30am as Yorkshire Academy and Harlequins meet. Last year they contested the 7th place game, with Harlequins winning that one and both will be gunning for victory on Sunday to secure as high a finish as possible after frustrating campaigns where each has shown real quality and put in some top performances. There will be frustration that more results did not follow, and also that a couple of game got out of hand, and Sunday will be seen as a real opportunity to show their best.


The 13th place play off will actually be the middle game of the day, kicking off at 2.15pm, in part because it will feature the hosts, Gloucester, and therefore to give the best chance of a healthy crowd, and in part because the other side will be travelling further than anyone else, Newcastle Falcons. Both finished within a whisker of a final place and were perhaps unlucky that their final games were against the two sides competing in the final, Bath and Northampton Saints, but they will each be viewing Sunday as a huge opportunity to finish with a big performance.


Overall it should be a magnificent day of Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League action, with a blockbuster final in Northampton Saints v Bath that should be an absolute classic.


Finals Day Fixtures and Team News – Sunday 18th February, Kingsholm Stadium


Final: Northampton Saints v Bath 7.35pm


Northampton Saints make just two changes from the side that defeated Newcastle Falcons to earn the place in this final. Finborough’s Louis Burns, on the bench last time out, starts on the right wing with Bedford’s Ben Agbenu going the other way. Meanwhile up front Aiden Ainsworth-Cave, again of Bedford, is fit enough to start again and comes into the second row from the bench, with Stamford’s Ollie Hull going the other way. James Barrett of Northampton School for Boys joins the bench after missing out last time around.


Bath meanwhile name an unchanged starting XV from the side that defeated Gloucester last time out, having won at Kingsholm a week ago they are charged with recreating that at the same venue on Sunday. The same is true with the impact from the bench as Bath go with an entirely unchanged matchday 23, led by Beechen Cliff number 8 and England star, Connor Treacey.


Northampton Saints:

15 Edoardo Todaro (Ipswich), 14 Louis Burns (Finborough), 13 Henry Lumley (Finborough), 12 Billy Pasco (Oundle, captain), 11 Rafe Witheat (Stowe), 10 Louis Haley (Stowe), 9 Jonny Weimann (Bedford), 1 Tom Dye (Ipswich), 2 Robert Gaffan (Rugby), 3 Sonny Tonga’uhia (Northampton School for Boys), 4 Tom Ross (Oakham), 5 Aiden Ainsworth-Cave (Bedford), 6 Kieran Perkins (Bedford), 7 Rhys Harries (Bedford), 8 Alfie Hoyles (Oakham).

Replacements: 16 Ed Delaney (Stamford), 17 Reon Gilbert-Joseph (Moulton College), 18 Ollie Hull (Stamford), 19 James Barrett (Northampton School for Boys), 20 Ben Currie (Stowe), 21 Tom Addison (Northampton School for Boys), 23 Ben Agbenu (Bedford).



15 Harry Walker (Beechen Cliff), 14 Callum Kingsbury (Monkton Combe), 13 Jack Harrison (Beechen Cliff), 12 Steffan Emanuel (Millfield), 11 Julian Nunn (Beechen Cliff), 10 James Linegar (Kingswood), 9 Sam Gane (Beechen Cliff), 1 Theo Malik (Dauntsey’s), 2 Evan Gallagher (Kingswood), 3 Leo Palmer (Kingswood), 4 Alex Deering (Millfield), 5 Alfie Blackett (Beechen Cliff), 6 James Maloney (Marlborough College), 7 Ed Elliott (Marlborough College), 8 Connor Treacey (Beechen Cliff, captain).

Replacements: 16 Henry Bonetti (Millfield), 17 Sam Janaway (Canford), 18 Oliver Cartwright (Beechen Cliff), 19 Charlie Ward (Kingswood), 20 Fred Kempton (Beechen Cliff), 21 Isaac Mears (Beechen Cliff), 22 Owen Erasmus (Millfield), 23 Henry Bartlett (Beechen Cliff).


3rd Place: Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 5.50pm


Such is the form of Sale Sharks of late that they see little reason to change a winning formula. The only change to the starting side that beat Midlands Central in their final league game is the return of skipper Seb Kelly from injury, the Kirkham Grammar School man starts at openside. Elsewhere they are unchanged, except on the bench where they see two front rowers return, King’s Macclesfield hooker Freddie Griffiths and Kirkham Grammar School loosehead Rob Docherty.


Like Sale, Exeter Chiefs’ view appears to be ‘why change a winning formula’. There are just two changes to their starting side that defeated Bristol Bears last time out, with skipper Luke Evans unfortunately not available, giving Ben Harris a chance in the second row. The other change is the continued rotation of Rhys Richards and Israel Akinrowo, with Akinrowo getting the start this time. Ethan Gardner is promoted to the bench with Harris now in the starting XV.


Sale Sharks

15 Daniel Green (St Ambrose College), 14 Fraser Rossiter (King’s Chester), 13 Alex Smith (Kirkham GS), 12 Toby Wilson (King’s Macclesfield), 11 Sebi Krippner (Kirkham GS), 10 Ollie Davies (Kirkham GS), 9 Rhys Hulse (Kirkham GS), 1 Ben Lilley (Knutsford Academy), 2 Tom Davis (St Mary’s College), 3 Leon Tahana (Wirral GS), 4 Liam Harrison (Xaverian College), 5 Dylan Hodkinson (Wirral GS), 6 Jos Gilmore (Kirkham GS), 7 Seb Kelly (Kirkham GS, captain), 8 Monty Loggenberg (Kirkham GS).

Replacements: 16 Freddie Griffiths (King’s Macclesfield), 17 Rob Docherty (Kirkham GS), 18 Cian Jackson (Kirkham GS), 19 Alex Kerr (St Anselm’s College), 20 Will Holmes (Sedbergh), 21 Ben Firth (Kirkham GS), 22 Zak Halsall (Sedbergh).


Exeter Chiefs:

15 Jed Findlay, 14 Noah Clifford, 13 Nick Lilley, 12 Israel Akinrowo, 11 Rhys Williams, 10 Freddie Hirst, 9 James Howard, 1 Josh Mann, 2 Tyler Bayley, 3 Ben Woodmansey, 4 Ben Harris, 5 Mawgen Warren, 6 Tom Dingle, 7 Freddie Rolls, 8 Xan Retallack.

Replacements: 16 Ted Hocking, 17 Jack Sherratt, 18 Albert Dowse, 19 Ethan Gardner, 20 Jacob Lewis, 21 Josh Pengilly, 22 Rhys Richards, 23 Luca Brano.


5th Place: Midlands West v Saracens 3.50pm


Despite victory over Yorkshire Academy last time out, Midlands West ring the changes for Sunday’s 5th place play off. Hartpury College’s Haydn Lewis returns to the starting XV at full back, with Bromsgrove’s Brendan Colley also promoted from the bench to the starting side, he comes in on the right wing. Millfield’s Osian Catlin is fit again, he returns at scrum half. Up front it’s a fresh back row as Hereford 6th form College’s Henry Black moves from the bench to the 6 shirt, while at 7 and 8 Harvey Leonard of Ellesmere College and Bromsgrove’s Jack Gilbert both return after missing last week. Malvern College’s Tom Hilton is promoted from the bench to start in the second row, while Stourport High School’s Jacob Reynolds steps up to the bench, as does the returning Ollie McGinnity of Warwick.


After that stunning victory over Harlequins last weekend, Saracens name the same starting XV for Sunday’s game. The only tweak sees St Albans’ Jack Bracken and Haileybury’s Finn Newton switch places, with Bracken going to the wing and Newton to full back. However the bench sees sweeping changes, only Alfie Marks of Gravesend Grammar remains from last week’s bench as Hayes’ Harry McNamara, Felsted’s Owen Gillett, Hartpury College’s Lewis Golding, Ravens Wood’s Matthew Branch-Holland, Millfield’s Ben Morrow, and Campion duo Gabriel Registe and Jack Marshall all come in.


Midlands West:

15 Haydn Lewis (Hartpury College), 14 Brendan Colley (Bromsgrove), 13 Henry Williams (Hartpury College), 12 Henry Parsons (Bromsgrove), 11 Ellis Deans-Smith (Hartpury College), 10 Ned Collins (Hereford 6th form College), 9 Osian Catlin (Millfield), 1 Harrison Osborne (Bromsgrove), 2 George Knowles (Hereford Cathedral), 3 Lewys Perkins (Stourport HS), 4 Tom Hilton (Malvern College), 5 Dan Halkon (RGS Worcester), 6 Henry Black (Hereford 6th form College), 7 Harvey Leonard (Ellesmere College), 8 Jack Gilbert (Bromsgrove).

Replacements: 16 Rory Blyth (Hereford 6th form College), 17 Jeremy Akena (Stourport HS), 18 Fintan Dowling (KES Birmingham) 19 Ollie McGinnity (Warwick), 20 Tom Roberts (Hartpury College), 21 Joe Johnston (North Leamington College), 22 David Petrescu (Newport HS), 23 Jacob Reynolds (Stourport HS).



15 Finn Newton (Haileybury), 14 Jack Bracken (St Albans), 13 Fraser Rawlins (Haileybury), 12 Angus Hall (The Judd, co-captain), 11 Charlie Griffin (Harrow), 10 Alex Nagele (Berkhamsted), 9 Asa Stewart-Harris (St Albans), 1 Josh Twigg (St George’s, Harpenden), 2 Lewis Young (Sutton Valence), 3 Finn Bloomer (Richard Hale), 4 Charlie Barker (Ashford), 5 Tayo Adegbemile (St Albans, co-captain), 6 Zach Johnson (Tonbridge), 7 Charlie West (St Albans), 8 Gabriel Nott (Berkhamsted).

Replacements: 16 Harry McNamara (Hayes), 17 Owen Gillett (Felsted), 18 Gabriel Registe (Campion), 19 Lewis Golding (Hartpury College), 20 Jack Marshall (Campion), 21 Matthew Branch-Holland (Ravens Wood), 22 Alfie Marks (Gravesend GS), 23 Ben Morrow (Millfield).


7th Place: Leicester Tigers v Bristol Bears 12.40pm


Leicester Tigers make three changes from the side that defeated Midlands Central last time out, with King’s Grantham’s Ethan Blackmore returning at full back and Brookby Melton College pair Samson Shute and Tubuna Maka promoted to the starting XV from the bench, with Shute on the right wing and Maka at tighthead. Returning on the bench is Old Swinford Hospital’s Finlay Hayward, and Stamford’s superb scrum half Jonty Nickols.


Bristol Bears make a few changes to the side that lost out in a thriller to Exeter Chiefs last time out, notably Clifton College’s Aidan Boshoff has been given the time by Wales U20 to start on the right wing. Boshoff was on the bench last week along with Cai Gealy, who is the only other change in the backline, he starts at scrum half. Up front Jacob Hogdson is promoted from the bench to hooker, likewise Frey Lant at number 8. Meanwhile Rowan Curry comes in at second row, a move that sees Harrison Jones move from the second row to the blindside flank.


Leicester Tigers:

15 Ethan Blackmore (King’s Grantham), 14 Samson Shute (Brooksby Melton), 13 Harvey Nkrumah (Norwich), 12 James Egerton (Stamford), 11 Tobias Spencer (Norwich), 10 Tom Threlfall (Nottingham HS), 9 Jack Dickens (Trent College), 1 Bronson Mellowes (Brooksby Melton), 2 Jamie Longyear (Denstone College), 3 Tubuna Maka (Brooksby Melton), 4 George Marsh (Gresham’s), 5 Harry Palmer (Brooksby Melton), 6 Joshua Brahoua (King’s Grantham), 7 Lawrence Adediran (Brooksby Melton), 8 Ralfie Willott (Brooksby Melton, captain).

Replacements: 16 Finlay Hayward (Old Swinford Hospital), 17 Euan Fern (Brooksby Melton), 18 Ben Beere (Stamford), 19 Tate Skinner (Old Swinford Hospital), 20 Henry Nanka-Bruce (Brooksby Melton), 21 Jonty Nickols (Stamford), 22 Oliver Docherty (Oakham), 23 Freddie Snary (Norwich).


Bristol Bears:

15 Tom Bowen, 14 Aidan Boshoff, 13 Victor Worsnip, 12 Jamie Howick, 11 Josh Sheppard, 10 Fin Fielder, 9 Cai Gealy, 1 Jan Davidson, 2 Jacob Hodgson, 3 Jack Parkinson, 4 Oliver Russell, 5 Rowan Curry, 6 Harrison Jones, 6 7 Kieran Hill, 8 Frey Lant.

Replacements: 16 Archie Spokes, 17 Fraser Kent, 18 Patrick Wring, 19 Dan Bartlett, 20 Oscar Green, 21 Ethan Williams, 22 Louis Nancekivell.


9th Place: Midlands Central v London & South Central 11.05am


Midlands Central make three changes to the side that lost out to Leicester Tigers last week, with Fairfax Academy’s Austin Nevitt returning on the left wing, City of Oxford College’s Elis Thomas returning at inside centre, and Bloxham’s John Baldwin coming back in on the openside, a move that sees Matt Bridge of City of Oxford College slide from 7 to 6. On the bench, Henley College’s Oskar Parker comes in to cover hooker.


Injuries continue to besiege London & South Central despite a bye week last week. They make three changes from the side that lost out to Exeter Chiefs in Round 6, with Freddy Rossigneux promoted from the bench to start at full back, with Aidan Pugh fit enough to start at 9. Meanwhile Hunter Deane-Johns comes in at tighthead. On the bench Martin Chalmers, Alfie Holland, and Jody Bunce all come in, so too Filip Edstrom, who is fit again.


Midlands Central:

15 George Pearson (City of Oxford College), 14 Austin Nevitt (Fairfax Academy), 13 Jack Randall (Sedbergh), 12 Elis Thomas (City of Oxford College), 11 Emosi Nabakeke (Queen Ethelburga’s), 10 Charlie Mason (St Edward’s Oxford, captain), 9 Harry Eckersall (Wellington College), 1 George Alexander (City of Oxford College), 2 Sean O’Donnell (Hereford 6th form College), 3 Lasha Asatiani-Kalandadze (Bishop Vesey’s GS), 4 Ade Oyeyemi (Henley College), 5 Ethan Surrey (City of Oxford College), 6 Matt Bridge (City of Oxford College), 7 John Baldwin (Bloxham), 8 Matt Sell (St Edward’s Oxford).

Replacements: 16 Oskar Parker (Bloxham), 17 Diamond Ayiehfor (Warwick), 18 Gruff Williams (City of Oxford College), 19 Jake Roberts (Rugby), 20 Harry Bewley (St George’s, Harpenden), 21 Kieran Edwards (City of Oxford College), 22 Thomas Cunningham (Magdalen College), 23 Charlie Morgan-Stephens (City of Oxford College)


London & South Central:

15 Freddy Rossigneux, 14 Finlay Wiseman, 13 Lockie Lee, 12 Cameron Ward, 11 Tyler Offiah, 10 Finn Keylock, 9 Aidan Pugh, 1 Charlie Holyer, 2 Oscar Thomas, 3 Hunter Deane-Johns, 4 Oliver Agar (c), 5 Will May, 6 Elijah Taylor, 7 Ashton Ilincic, 8 Isaac Sprenger.

Replacements: 16 Martin Chalmers, 17 Alan Poku, 18 Alfie Holland, 19 Spencer Codling, 20 Reuben Osgood, 21 Albert Mildenhall, 22 Filip Edstrom, 23 Jody Bunce.


11th Place: Yorkshire Academy v Harlequins 9.30am


Yorkshire had a strong performance despite defeat to Midlands West in Round 7, so unsurprisingly they keep things stable for Sunday’s early kick off against Harlequins. Birkdale’s Isaac Firth is promoted from the bench as the only change in the backline, he starts at inside centre, a move that sees Wellington College’s Lloyd McEwan-Peters shift out to outside centre. Bishop Burton College’s Anthony McCormack is also promoted from the bench, he slots into the second row alongside Callum Russell as the only change in the pack, the inspirational Alfie Longstaff continues as captain. Bishop Burton College’s Sam Bland and Harrogate Grammar’s Finlay Green both return from injury to take up positions on the bench.


Harlequins make a number of changes to the side that had a tough outing at Saracens last time around. Newman College’s Connor Van Lille returns from the bench to start at hooker, with Seaford College’s Jimmy Staples moving from hooker to the blindside flank. Two Gordon’s players come into the pack as well, Adam Beney is promoted from the bench to start at number 8, while Finlay Healey comes from outside of the 23 to start in the second row. There is a whole new back three for Harlequins, Seaford College’s Rory Minton is promoted to the bench to start at full back, while is schoolmate Sean Sharp comes from outside of the 23 to start on the right wing, with Wellington College’s Finn Crumley does likewise to start on the right. On the bench only Jaylan Ryan-Coker of John Fisher remains from last week, with Gordon’s duo Theo Povey and Math Jones getting opportunities, so too Dulwich College’s Hamish Milhench and Brighton College’s Alex Stubbs.


Yorkshire Academy:

15 Callum Hyland-Dugbo (Woodhouse Grove), 14 Anesu Chindove (St Peter’s, York), 13 Lloyd McEwan-Peters (Wellington College), 12 Isaac Firth (Birkdale), 11 Thomas Rowe (Woodhouse Grove), 10 Louie Platt (Mount St Mary’s), 9 Gabriel Horberry (Harrogate GS), 1 Lucas Oxley (St Peter’s, York), 2 Alfie Longstaff (Woodhouse Grove, captain), 3 Oliver Fretwell (Bishop Burton College), 4 Callum Russell (Bishop Burton College), 5 Anthony McCormack (Bishop Burton College), 6 Josh Oke (Ampleforth College), 7 Archie Hurford (Woodhouse Grove), 8 Oliver Spencer (Grammar School at Leeds).

Replacements: 16 Seb Easterby-Gray (Queen Ethelburga’s), 17 N/A, 18 Sam Bland (Bishop Burton College), 19 Fraser Perry (Hill House) 20 Harry Tunningley (Hill House), 21 Harry Peyton (Grammar School at Leeds), 22 Vojtech Nevicky (Mount St Mary’s) 23 Finlay Green (Harrogate GS).



15 Rory Minton (Seaford College), 14 Sean Sharp (Seaford College), 13 Morgan Purnell (Gordon’s), 12 Ed Tusler (Hurstpierpoint College), 11 Finn Crumley (Wellington College), 10 Felix Bateman-Champain (Worth), 9 Sam Line (Whitgift), 1 Jamie Miller (Whitgift), 2 Connor Van Lille (Newman College), 3 Ollie Streeter (Gordon’s), 4 Jack O’Kelly (Henley College), 5 Finlay Healey (Gordon’s), 6 Jimmy Staples (Seaford College), 7 Ashton Graham (Gordon’s), 8 Adam Beney (Gordon’s).

Replacements: Hamish Milhench (Dulwich College), Jaylan Ryan-Coker (John Fisher), Theo Povey (Gordon’s), Math Jones (Gordon’s), Alex Stubbs (Brighton College).


13th Place: Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 2.15pm


Newcastle Falcons make four changes to the starting side that went down to Northampton Saints in last week’s final league outing, all four being promoted from the bench to the starting XV. Three of the changes come in the backs, where Barnard Castle’s Joe Davis steps in at scrum half, Richmond 6th form College’s Osea Navuso comes in at inside centre, and Gosforth Academy’s Charlie Lawson starts at full back. Up front Gosforth Academy’s Aaron Nokes is promoted from the bench to start in the second row. Three players step onto the bench from outside of last week’s 23, Gosforth Academy duo Wisdom Jerry and Alfie Cubby, and RGS Newcastle’s Chris Kelly.


Gloucester make three changes to the side that lost to bath last tie out, with Hartpury College pair Rio Ebanks and Alex Bosworth returning to the side at scrum half and tighthead prop respectively, meanwhile Dean Close’s Jack Hopson comes in on the left wing. On the bench there are four new faces from last week, with Radley College’s Orlo Clark, Sir Thomas Rich’s James Lilwall, Hartpury College’s Harry Tovey, and Pate’s Grammar’s Jo Hamilton all coming in.


Newcastle Falcons:

15 Charlie Lawson (Gosforth Academy), 14 James Bent (Gosforth Academy), 13 Rhys Beeckmans (Gosforth Academy), 12 Osea Navuso (Richmond 6th form College), 11 Huw Lloyd (Gosforth Academy), 10 Junior Newton (Sedbergh), 9 Joe Davis (Barnard Castle), 1 Aidan Stewart (Sedbergh), 2 Ryan Shaw (Gosforth Academy), 3 Sam Graham (Durham), 4 Patrick Hogg (Durham, captain), 5 Aaron Nokes (Gosforth Academy), 6 Jacob Butterill (Sedbergh), 7 Charlie Turnbull (Sedbergh), 8 Reuben Parsons (Gosforth Academy).

Replacements: 16 Harry Bellamy (Sedbergh), 17 Wisdom Jerry (Gosforth Academy), 18 Chris Kelly (RGS Newcastle), 19 Alfie Cubby (Gosforth Academy), 20 Dan Toole (Durham), 21 Reuben Dyer (Gosforth Academy), 22 Josh Farley (Gosforth Academy), 23 Josh Bailey (Gosforth Academy).



15 Woody Walker (Radley College), 14 Raph Campbell (King’s Gloucester), 13 Ollie Rendell (Sir Thomas Rich’s), 12 Billy Benson (Dean Close), 11 Jack Hopson (Dean Close), 10 Taite Fortey (Hartpury College), 9 Rio Ebanks (Hartpury College), 1 Billy Kerslake (Wycliffe College), 2 Ruben Cummings (Hartpury College), 3 Alex Bosworth (Hartpury College), 4 Jonno Balding (Radley College), 5 Jay Evans (Sir Thomas Rich’s), 6 Solomon Shand (Hartpury College), 7 Caio James (Hartpury College, captain), 8 Olly Allport (Dean Close).

Replacements: 16 Orlo Clark (Radley College), 17 Tom Ring (King’s Gloucester), 18 Ellis Allen (Hartpury College), 19 Josh Hanson (Cheltenham College), 20 Kealan Freeman-Price (Hartpury College), 21 James Lilwall (Sir Thomas Rich’s), 22 Harry Tovey (Hartpury College), 23 Jo Hamilton (Pate’s GS).



Roll of Honour:


2023 London Irish

2022 Bristol Bears

2021 N/A

2020 Leicester Tigers/London Irish – Shared

2019 Leicester Tigers

2018 Leicester Tigers

2017 Harlequins

2016 London Irish

2015 Saracens

2014 Northampton Saints

2013 Northampton Saints


Final Group Standings:


North Group

1Northampton Saints6501727
2Sale Sharks6411624
3Midlands West6411220
4Leicester Tigers6303517
5Midlands Central6204513
6Yorkshire Academy610559
7Newcastle Falcons610537


South Group

2Exeter Chiefs6501727
4Bristol Bears6303416
5London South Central6204715


Past Results


Round 1



Midlands West 22-22 Sale Sharks

Northampton Saints 75-7 Leicester Tigers

Yorkshire Academy 31-33 Midlands Central

Newcastle Falcons – Bye



Bath 29-27 Bristol Bears

Exeter Chiefs 44-27 Saracens

London South Central 36-33 Gloucester

Harlequins – Bye


Round 2



Leicester Tigers 40-26 Sale Sharks

Midlands Central 45-14 Newcastle Falcons

Northampton Saints 40-21 Yorkshire Academy

Midlands West – Bye



Bristol Bears 49-12 Gloucester

Harlequins 35-25 London South Central

Saracens 26-34 Bath

Exeter Chiefs – Bye


Round 3 Results



Midlands Central 19-27 Midlands West

Newcastle Falcons 26-19 Leicester Tigers

Sale Sharks 49-42 Northampton Saints

Yorkshire Academy – Bye



Bath 34-29 Exeter Chiefs

Gloucester 24-14 Harlequins

Saracens 50-36 London South Central

Bristol Bears – Bye


Round 4 Results



Leicester Tigers 29-12 Yorkshire Academy

Midlands West 19-34 Northampton Saints

Sale Sharks 59-12 Newcastle Falcons

Midlands Central – Bye



Bath 33-31 London South Central

Bristol Bears 27-22 Saracens

Exeter Chiefs 35-24 Harlequins

Gloucester – Bye


Round 5 Results:



Midlands Central 41-43 Northampton Saints

Newcastle Falcons 5-19 Midlands West

Yorkshire Academy 10-44 Sale Sharks

Leicester Tigers – Bye



Exeter Chiefs 29-19 Gloucester

Harlequins 29-32 Bath

London South Central 32-19 Bristol Bears

Saracens – Bye


Round 6 Results:




Midlands West 21-17 Leicester Tigers

Newcastle Falcons 22-29 Yorkshire Academy

Sale Sharks 48-24 Midlands Central

Northampton Saints – Bye




Gloucester 21-34 Saracens

Harlequins 7-26 Bristol Bears

London South Central 28-37 Exeter Chiefs

Bath – Bye


Round 7 Results



Leicester Tigers 33-17 Midlands Central

Northampton Saints 54-17 Newcastle Falcons

Yorkshire Academy 31-38 Midlands West

Sale Sharks – Bye



Bristol Bears 31-39 Exeter Chiefs

Gloucester 19-39 Bath

Saracens 52-14 Harlequins

London & South Central – Bye

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