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Your News U20 Champions prepare for tough Halifax test

YORKSHIRE Under 20s are expecting another thorough test from their Cheshire counterparts at Halifax RUFC on Sunday (February 6) in the second round of games in this season’s National Under 20 Championship.

“Our games against Cheshire and Lancashire are always very tough tests these day and I’m sure Sunday’s game at Ovenden Park will follow that trend,” says Yorkshire Team Manager Keith Dyas.

“I’m told Cheshire were very unlucky to lose to Lancashire at the death having had the edge for much of the game and they will be even more determined to get back on track this week.”

With the format of the competition having changed to accommodate a couple of trial games for the new England Counties Under 20 team, there will be no Quarter-finals this year and only the winning team from each division will go forward to the Semi-finals.

This denies teams the luxury of qualifying as a regional Runner-up and puts extra pressure on the teams to produce their best in each outing.

Defending Champions Yorkshire show a couple of changes to the side which defeated Durham a fortnight ago. Peter Homan gets a run at centre and William Robinson, a replacement in that game, keeps his place on the wing.

In the back-row, Carl Kirwan takes over from the injured Stuart Costello (Otley).

Lancashire also make changes for the visit of Northumberland to Sedgley Park. Callum McShane takes the scrum-half berth, while to back-row changes see Josh Beaumont coming in at No 8 and Harrison Collins at flanker.

Yorkshire U20s (v Durham at Sunderland, kick-off 2.15pm): Jack Moon (Old Brodleians); Rob Almond (Harrogate), Anthony Maka (Malton & Norton), Peter Homan (Middlesbrough), William Robinson (Hull); Greg Lound (Hull), Mark Gemmell (Leeds Met University); William Dutton (York), Tom Moody (Morley), Steven Quigley (Hull Ionians), Stuart Cross (Manchester University), Sam Brady (Pontefract), Carl Kirwan (Middlesbrough), Ben Dorrington (Hull), Ben Morris (Westoe) capt.

Replacements: Jon Dawes (York), Adam Wellington (Bradford & Bingley), Josh Bayford (Durham University & Sandal), Adam Malthouse (Yarnbury), James Brown (Bradford & Bingley), Mike Bradshaw (Driffield), Brendon Hannam (Sheffield Tigers).

Lancashire U20 (v Northumberland at Sedgley Park, kick-off 2.15pm): Sean Taylor (Preston Grasshoppers); Tom Banks (Westoe), Sam Russell (Fylde), Rob Conville (Sheffield University), Jamie Harrison (Broughton Park); Alex Zavallis-Roebuck (Preston Grasshoppers), Callum McShane (Fylde); Stuart Hesketh (Vale of Lune), Scott Briggs (Sedgley Park), Tom McGuinness (Fylde), Matt Griffin (Liverpool St Helens), John Wells (Fylde), Sam Wallbank (Vale of Lune), Harrison Collins (Durham University & Preston Grasshoppers), Josh Beaumont (Durham University & Fylde).

Replacements: Josh Woods (Kirkham Grammar School), Max Ashcroft (Bath University), Gareth Harris (Loughborough University), Michael Garrity (Liverpool St Helens), James Smith (Preston Grasshoppers), Kelham O'Hanlon (Fylde), Ross O'Neill (Waterloo).

National Under 20 Championship – North: January 23 (all kick-offs 2.15); Lancashire 20 Cheshire 15, Durham 0 Yorkshire 72, Northumberland 35 Cumbria 20. February 6; Lancashire v Northumberland (at Sedgley Park), Yorkshire v Cheshire (at Halifax), Cumbria v Durham. February 20; Lancashire v Cumbria (at Vale of Lune), Northumberland v Yorkshire (Ashington), Durham v Cheshire (at West Hartlepool). March 6; Durham v Lancashire (at Billingham), Cumbria v Yorkshire (at Penrith), Cheshie v Northumberland (at Crewe & Nantwich). March 20; Yorkshire v Lancashire (at Hull), Northumberland v Durham (at Morpeth), Cheshire v Cumbria (at New Brighton).

April 24: Semi-finals. May 7: Final at Twickenham

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