- Gosforth Academy to play Exeter College in AASE League final
- Watch the match live on EnglandRugby.com at 5pm
Allianz Park may be over 250 miles away from Newcastle but Gosforth Academy are hoping it becomes a home away from home at the AASE League final next Friday, 2 December.
The side from the north east, who will meet Exeter College in the final, are linked with Newcastle Falcons and play their home patches on the Premiership side’s artificial pitch.
“We’re lucky enough to be able to play our games at Kingston Park,” says Gosforth’s AASE Manager Peter Butler. “The boys love playing on that turf and so playing on Allianz will be great for us.”
Gosforth have built a reputation this season for playing attacking rugby and Butler says they will approach the final in much the same way.
“Our approach is to empower the players to express themselves and that means making their own decisions out there. We want them to take risks and play what they see.”
Gosforth come into the final having beaten Worcester Sixth Form College 40-0 in what Butler believes was their best performance.
“We’ve played some fantastic rugby and the boys are excited to play on the big stage against a very strong Exeter team.”
This is Gosforth’s fourth season in the AASE League with most of their squad also part of the Newcastle Falcons Academy programme.
“We’ve only got 26 players across the two year-groups which isn’t a lot but 18 of those are involved with the Falcons and we’re proud of the fact that we’ve become one of the strongest teams in the north” says Butler.
Several of Gosforth’s players have also represented England at age-grade level including former pupil and U20s forward Callum Chick as well as current players Tom Marshall and Morgan Passman.
“The great thing about players like that is that it shows the others in the programme that if they are playing well they will get noticed,” says Butler.
Butler says the team are aware of Exeter’s threats but will travel to Allianz focused entirely on their own game.
“It’s a learning experience for the players. Playing in a final and at a new stadium will teach them a great deal and we want them to go out there and enjoy it.
“We see this as a fantastic opportunity to put in a good performance and if we do that we’ll go home happy regardless of the results. May the best team win.”