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County U20s face Warwickshire

North Midlands RFU

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2013 05:20pm
St. Stephen, Worcester
By Paul Bolton
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North Midlands will begin their preparations for this season’s National Under-20 Championship with a friendly against old rivals Warwickshire at Droitwich on Monday October 28 (7.30pm).

The players selected for Monday’s squad have been involved in a series of trials and assessment sessions and will now have the opportunity to impress the selectors in a match situation.

Full-back Chris Fensome, lock Jake Bates and hooker Will Greenwood are among the survivors from last season’s squad but Rob Higgins (Ludlow), Aquile Smith (Worcester University), Tom Pashley (Bournville) and Rees Beddowes (Newport) have been ruled out by injury.

North Midlands begin their championship campaign against Eastern Counties at Moseley on February 2 and will then play East Midlands at Bedford Athletic on February 22 and Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire at Dudley Kingswinford on March 16. All the group matches kick off at 2.30pm.

A second warm-up match is likely to be played against Cheshire early in the New Year on  date and at a venue yet to be confirmed.

North Midlands Under-20s squad:

Backs: Michael Allen (Worcester Wanderers), Harry Anderson-Brown (Worcester University), Jake Pratley (Worcester Wanderers), Ryan Smitheman (Dudley Kingswinford), Matt Price (Newport), Chris Fensome (Birmingham & Solihull), Reece Chapman-Curry (Worcester Wanderers), Charlie Briant (Worcester Univeristy), Ed Spalding (Worcester University), Keiran Pinches (Dudley Kingswinford).

Forwards: Brad Pogson (Dudley Kingswinford), Will Greenwood (Kings Norton), Mitchell Hardwick (Kidderminster Carolians), Jake Bates (Newport), Dave Whiting (Worcester Wanderers), Jake Hayden-Wright (Kings Norton), Sam Thomsson (Worcester University), Solly Dacres (Moseley), Pete Griffiths (Dudley Kingswinford), Connor Nicholls (Worcester Wanderers).

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