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Your News South West U16 look to extend unbeaten run

The South West U16 squad are in action twice this weekend (Feb 4-6) when they take on the North and the London & South East teams within 72-hours during the annual RFU Divisional U16 Festival at Broadstreet RFC, Coventry.

Its a 2pm kick-off on Friday for their opening match against the North before taking on the London & South East side on Sunday at 11am.

Two games in three days is always a tough ask," admits the South Wests Team Manager Craig Barrow. But, we were training last weekend at Dauntseys School in Wiltshire and they gelled well. Everybodys fully fit, going well, and the coaches, Paul Miles, Marcus Olsen and Andy Blaylock, are happy with what we have achieved."

Last seasons SW U16 squad remained unbeaten in four matches throughout the season but Barrow knows that if this squad are to continue the unbeaten run they will have to come out with all guns blazing against the North.

Weve got to get the boys really switched on for the North game as we dont kick-off until 2pm, he explains. A lot will have travelled a long distance, so weve got to get them in the right frame of mind quickly as our aim is to win both games and get as many boys through to the England squad as possible."

This weekends squad includes players from all of the qualifying South West Division areas with both Devon and Dorset & Wilts providing the biggest contingents with five players apiece.

And there is also a couple of the players within the squad who have famous dads.

Bryanston School left-wing George Trick is the son of former Bath and England wing David Trick while fly half Charlie Wicks father, Steve Wicks, was a well liked and respected top pro footballer and centre-half with Chelsea, Derby County and QPR.

The Divisional Festival will feature 96 talented youngsters in all from across the country and come under the watchful gaze of the England U16 selectors who have three squads to pick for international matches in the spring.

England U16 will play Italy U17 at Macclesfield on April 20th and Wales U16 at Fylde on April 24th.

England will also have two U16 sides in action at the Wellington College Festival, Crowthorne, Berkshire, April 16th to 22nd

South West U16 squad: Luke Morrison (Chesham GS/ Bucks), Ryan Roach (Mangotsfield School/Bristol), Dan Pullinger (Stoke Damerel CC/Devon), Charlie Ewels (Bournemouth School/Dorset& Wilts), Jack Heeney (Dr. Challoners School/Bucks), Robbie Tait (Millfield School/Somerset), Josh Poole (Cokethorpe School/Oxon), Tom Woolstencroft (Taunton School/Devon), Ben Pointon (Rugby School/Oxon), David Buck (Sherborne School/Dorset & Wilts), George Trick (Bryanston School/Dorset & Wilts), Callum King (Thomas Hardye School/Dorset & Wilts), Laurence May (Kings College Taunton/Devon), Tom Howe (RGS High Wycombe/Bucks), Elliott Cox (Reading Blue Coat School/Berks), Richard Bayliss (Devonport High School/Devon), Tom Mumford (Plymouth College/Devon), George Buckney (Gryphon School/Dorset & Wilts), Simon Linsell (Marling School/Gloucs), Sam Denham (Kings of Wessex School/Somerset), Charlie Wicks (Wellington College/Berks), Oliver Bryant (Redruth School/Cornwall), Peter Moore (Abingdon School/Oxfordshire), Ellis Genge (John Cabot Academy/Bristol).

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