ENGLAND RUGBY South West Under 18s squad 2016

england rugby red roseEngland South West Counties under 18s squad their opening warm-up match prior to their RFU divisional match against London & South East at Chippenham RFC on February 19.

South West U18s kicked off their season with a 17-7 win over Southern Lambs at West Buckland School, Barnstaple on Sunday.

Their second warm-up game is against Gloucester Academy on Sunday February 7 at Hartpury College (ko TBC).

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY Savage hits Cherry & Whites century

Gloucester Rugby crestGloucester second row warrior Tom Savage is set to make his 100thcompetitive appearance for the Cherry and Whites against Worcester Warriors in tonight’s European Rugby Challenge Cup tie at Kingsholm (1945ko).

The 26-year-old forward will reach his century as one of 10 changes to the winning XV that started last Thursday’s 34-22 pool four victory at Worcester.

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PLYMOUTH ALBION RFC Shepherd starts at scrum half

Plymouth Albion RFC logoPlymouth Albion make three changes to the National 1 League side that lost 34-3 at Blackheath for tomorrow’s first-time visit of Ampthill to Brickfields (1500ko).

Cornwall scrum-half Matt Shepherd and flanker Sam Matavesi start after making replacement appearances at Rectory Field, while lock Dan Collier returns after missing the Blackheath trip due to illness.

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY Latta starts versus Baa-Baas

Gloucester Rugby logoNick Wood, the most experienced player in the Cherry and Whites squad, will captain Gloucester against the Barbarians tonight (1945).

There is a one-off return for an old Kingsholm favourite and first start for 23-year-old New Zealander Joe Latta.

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EXETER CHIEFS Jack wings in at full back at Ospreys

exeter chiefs crestExeter Chiefs are buoyed by the return to training of Ben Moon and Geoff Parling although neither will be risked in today’s European Rugby Champions Cup opener at Ospreys (1730ko).

Injury rules out Thomas Waldrom (thigh) and Phil Dollman (rib) both forced off during last Saturday’s 19-6 Premiership win over Leicester Tigers.

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PLYMOUTH ALBION RFC Dawe sticks to winning XV

Plymouth Albion RFC logoGraham Dawe sticks with the same winning starting XV for the fourth National One match running when Plymouth Albion play Darlington Mowden Park at Brickfields tomorrow (1500ko).

Following consecutive bonus point victories over Henley, Cinderford and Blaydon, director of rugby Dawe is reluctant to tinker with a winning XV.

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