England Sevens U18s finished third at the Rugby Europe Men’s Sevens U18 Championship which took place in Heidelberg, Germany over the weekend.
Warren Abrahams’ side was made up of players from Premiership academies who featured in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games team, as well as Lailand Gordon, Fergus Guiry and Charlie Spawforth who were named in the England Sevens academy squad for the 2017/18 season earlier this month.
The Rugby Europe competition – which features 16 European teams – is a ranking tournament which allows countries to play for the opportunity to compete in the Youth Olympic Games qualifying tournament in May 2018.
England dominated their pool on the first day, winning all three games against Spain, Italy and Lithuania."The attitude and character of our squad was phenomenal."
Their winning streak continued into the opening game of the second day of the tournament where they battled until extra-time to defeat Georgia 17-12 in the quarter-finals, securing a spot in the semis.
A 21-point loss to France ended England’s hopes of a second-place finish but booked them a spot in the bronze medal match against Wales where they finished their U18 Championship campaign with a 24-12 victory.
“We had some very tough games, especially against Georgia and Wales but the attitude and character of our squad was phenomenal,” said Abrahams. “The way that the team grafted through each other was outstanding and the standard of play kept getting better and better as the weekend went on.
“We’re really grateful to the academies and schools for releasing the players and allowing England U18s Sevens the opportunity to compete in this European competition.”
Bronze medal result
Wales 12 – 24 England
England 0 - 21 France
England 17 - 12 Georgia
Pool D results
Italy 0 – 21 England
Spain 14 – 21 England
Lithuania 0 – 50 England
England U18 Sevens squad for Heidelberg: Tom Fawcett , Will Montgomery, Connor Doherty, Jack Glover, Fergus Guiry, Cameron Kelemeti, Jack Musk, Sam Maunder, Lailand Gordon, Ollie Sleightholme, Charlie Spawforth, Toby Smith.