England Counties U20s braced for Georgia test

  • England Counties U20s to face Georgia U20s on Saturday, 19 May
  • They will face an U20 Development side on 25 May 
  • Kick off at 5pm (BST)

England Counties U20s team manager Chris Brookes has confirmed the side that will face Junior Lelos, the Georgia U20s side, this Saturday 19 May in Tbilisi. 

England Counties arrived in Georgia on Wednesday ahead of the two-match series and began the trip by training a group of Syrian refugee children. 

The session was attended by representatives from the Georgia Rugby Union as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

"It was a fantastic way to start the tour," said England Counties U20 head coach Richie Williams. "It was great to see our players interact so well with the children and it was memory everyone will keep for a long time to come."

The team, who finished their tour of Holland last season unbeaten, will face a tough Junior Lelos side who are in preperation for the World Rugby U20 Championship in June. 

They will then face a Georgia U20 Development side on 25 May. 

Over 3,000 players in the U20s category applied to be part of the England Counties U20 tour and the management team oversaw a rigorous selection process to select their touring squad of 26. 

"I just think it’s a great programme, especially for these young lads," said forwards coach Paul Arnold of the team. "It’s very much the aspirational pathway to hopefully getting them to play in the national leagues and pushing on,” 

England Counties U20s 

1. Seb Brownhill
2. Alex Rayment
3. Will Dennis
4. Nick Ashcroft
5. Kalius Hutchinson
6. Zac Poole
7. George Harding
8. Hallam Chapman

9. Toby Dabell 
10. Sam Hollingsworth
11. Tom Briggs
12. Ollie Burgess
13. Connor Field
14. Will Baldwin
15. Tom Carleton


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