- 23 players selected to tour Russia in June
- The final selections were made following a session at Moseley RFC
Team manager of England Counties U20s, Peter Vernon, has confirmed the squad of 23 players that will travel to Russia this June for the side's summer tour.
Players from across the country gathered at Moseley RFC last week for the final selection day following several divisional matches earlier in the month.
"Every year it's difficult to pick 23 players from such a talented group but we're confident in the selection process and the coaching team are feeling confident in this squad," said Vernon.
The squad will travel to Moscow on Thursday, 2nd June where they will play two international matches against Russia U20s at the Slava Stadium on the 5th and 8th of June.
Players from 15 counties have been selected for this year's squad following the U20 County Championship competition this month. "It's testament to the strength of county rugby that we have been able to pick such a wide group of players from 15 different counties,” said Vernon.
The squad will be led by lead coach Richie Williams (Amersham & Chiltern RFC) and his assistant Paul Arnold (Flyde RFC) and Vernon says the management team are looking forward to what promises to be a competitive tour.
"We know the side will be tested by a strong Russia U20 team but we're excited by the challenge and believe we can go there and win," said Vernon.
The group will train at Old Isleworthians RFC before flying to Moscow and will spend time carrying out outreach work in Russia as part of the World Rugby Unity Project programme in partnership Berkshire & Middlesex RFU.
England Counties U20 Russia tour squad:
James Apperly - Hertfordshire
Max Berry – Surrey
Tim Bitrim - Hertfordshire
Adam Brankley – North Midlands
Dan Broady – Gloucestershire
Lewis Dennett – Hampshire
Karl Garside – Hertfordshire
Alex Goble – Notts, Lincs & Derby
Jack Harrison – North Midlands
Hayden King – Hertfordshire
Dale Lemon – Gloucestershire
James Neal – Warwickshire
Tommy Phillips – Cornwall
Ben Pointon – East Midlands
Alex Post – Surrey
Kemp Price – Hampshire
Ellis Rudder – Hampshire
Harry Sayers - Kent
Will Scholey – Yorkshire
Jack Thomas – Sussex
Charlie Venables – Cheshire
Connor Wikinson – Lancashire
Alexis Ziana – Buckinghamshire