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Gloucester Rugby Under 18s team named for opening fixture with Saracens

Gloucester Rugby Under 18s team named for opening fixture with Saracens
Gloucester Rugby U18s have named their squad for the opening Premiership Rugby Academy League fixture against Saracens this Friday (KO 7pm) at Hartpury College.

The Under 18s squad finished runners-up in the tournament last season, beaten only in the final by Leicester Tigers, and set out on a new campaign with an exciting group of young players, taking on their Premiership counterparts.

14 of the squad started with the Gloucester Rugby set up through the Developing Player Programme (DPP) right through to the Under 18 group.

With the squad educated at six different schools, and products of thirteen different local rugby clubs.

Captain Joe Howard came to the club via first team star Tom Hudson. Having coaching him back home in Kuala Lumpur he organised for him to trial with the Club Academy. Having excelled in his trial he was keen to move over and applied to Hartpury College, and captains the side.

Gloucester Rugby Head of Academy Richard Whiffin is looking forward to kicking off a new campaign, providing opportunities for more youngsters in the Gloucester Rugby pathway.

“There is a decent spine of the team from last year, who are still available to us this year, as well as some really exciting youngsters coming through.

“The plan is of course to try and win every game we play, but it’s also a development competition so, throughout the tournament some players may be unavailable and this will provide an opportunity for others to step up.

“There was a fantastic picture last weekend with Ciaran Knight, Alex Seville and Henry Walker all walking off the pitch together at Sandy Park following a Champions Cup victory. That’s hugely gratifying for everyone who works in the Academy.

“Those who playing in the U18 league, can look at the likes of those three and see what is possible. It’s a great motivator for them.”

Kick off at Hartpury College is 7pm, and there will be live updates on the @GlosRugby_Acad Twitter account.

Gloucester Rugby Under 18s squad for Premiership Rugby Academy League opener v Saracens this Friday (KO 7pm – Hartpury College)

15. Brooke Turner, 14. Oli Parmar, 13. Louis Hilman-Cooper, 12. Isaac Marsh, 11. Max Fletcher, 10. George Barton, 9. Matty Jones; 1. Harry Fry, 2. Ethan Hunt, 3. Jenson Boughton; 4. Archie Benson, 5. Freddie Thomas; 6. Joe Howard (capt), 7. Josh Gray, 8. Jack Clement


16. Leyton Chambers, 17. Rowan Mullis, 18. Harry Daynes; 19. Archie Tarbuck, 20. Harry Taylor; 21. Harry Gipson, 22. Tommy Mathews, 23. Brad Morgan
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Sat 4 Jun
KO 15:00
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