Brankley to Miss County U20 Opener

North Midlands RFU News Updates

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016 08:02pm
Edgmond, Telford and Wrekin
By Paul Bolton
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North Midlands will be missing number eight Adam Brankley when they make a belated start to their National Under-20 Championship campaign against East Midlands at Moseley’s Billesley Common ground on Sunday February 28 (2.15pm).

Brankley was injured playing for Harper Adams University recently so his place in the squad has been taken by Billy Castle of Birmingham & Solihull.

North Midlands were due to start their Championship campaign against Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire three weeks ago but the match was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

That match has now been rearranged for Sunday March 6 at Derby RFC, the original venue. The national quarter-finals are scheduled for March 27.

North Midlands Under-20s squad:

Backs: Joe Hearle (Richmond and Imperial College), Leon Parsons (Hereford), Will Ford (Hereford), Matt Watson (Evesham), Frank Kelly (Luctonians), James Hussey (Moseley), Matt Dight (Birmingham & Solihull and Cardiff Met University), Ben Phillips (Loughborough University), Jack Harrison (Harper Adams University), Jacob Nash (Nottingham) Jack Harrison (Harper Adams University).

Forwards: Joe Tighe (Dudley Kingswinford), James Burgoyne (Moseley), Lewis McClinton (Newport), Ellis Moysey (Newport), Conor Thorneycroft (Bournville), Jordan Grass (Newport), John Kelly (Luctonians), Sam Knott (Luctonians and Worcester University), Billy Castle (Birmingham & Solihull), Ben Vincent (Harper Adams University), Morgan Dawes (Moseley), Adam Brankley (Harper Adams University), Jake Guildford (Edwardians and Birmingham University), Barnaby Hayward (Birmingham University).




Moseley, the North Midlands representative in this season’s National Under-17 Cup, have been drawn away in the Midlands quarter-finals next month.


Moseley will make the short trip to Staffordshire to play Tamworth on March 6 with the winners progressing to the regional semi-finals two weeks later.


In the National Under-17 Plate, Worcester will host Paviors in the Midlands quarter-finals with Birmingham & Solihull also having home advantage against Vipers from Leicester in the regional quarter-finals of the National Under-17 Bowl. But Evesham face a trip to Burton in the Bowl on March 6.


Old Halesonians have been given a bye in the National Under-17 Shield so will progress straight to the regional semi-finals on March 20. Bromsgrove face an away tie at Barkers’ Butts in the same competition.


The Midlands winners of the four competitions will progress to the national semi-finals.



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