SOUTH WEST RUGBY six in England U20s World Cup squad

england rugby wideEngland men’s U20 head coach Mark Mapletoft has named his squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship in South Africa starting later this month.

Leicester’s Lewis Chessum captains the 30-player squad which includes six players from the South West: Archie McArthur (Gloucester) Greg Fisilau (Exeter Chiefs) James Halliwell and Joe Jenkins (both Bristol Bears) and Bath's Sam Harris and Harvey Cuckson.


GLOUCESTER RUGBY Welsh ace Rees-Zammit wings back

Gloucester Rugby logoGloucester Rugby return to Premiership action at Newcastle Falcons tonight (1945).

George Skivington has been boosted by the return of his international contingent as the Cherry & Whites look to bounce back from their 26-5 home defeat to Leicester Tigers.


BATH RUGBY Eight changes ahead of Saints clash

bath rugbyHead of Rugby Johann van Graan has made eight changes to the Bath starting XV for tonight's Premiership match at fourth placed Northampton Saints (1945).

D’Arcy Rae returns to the front row alongside Beno Obano and captain Tom Dunn while Josh Bayliss, Chris Cloete and Miles Reid make up a fresh-looking back row.


ENGLAND UNDER 20s to face France in Bath tomorrow

england rugby wideEngland men’s U20 head coach Alan Dickens has named his side to face France tomorrow at the Recreation Ground in Bath, as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the 2023 Under-20 Six Nations tournament.

A new starting lock combination will see captain Lewis Chessum joined in the second row by fellow Leicester Tiger, Robert Carmichael, who earns his first start.


BRISTOL RUGBY Fit-again Batley back in Bears pack

Bristol Bears light logoFit-again Joe Batley returns to the Bears’ pack for tonight’s Premiership clash against third placed Northampton Saints under lights at Ashton Gate (1945ko).

The lock returns from injury to partner Chris Vui in the second row, replacing Bristol-born Joe Joyce who sustained an injury against Bath, with Pat Lam naming an otherwise unchanged starting XV following the 15-13 derby win at The Rec a week ago.


COME WHAT MAY! Jonny joins England training squad

england rugby wideSteve Borthwick has welcomed back Gloucester winger Jonny May to his 26-player England Six Nations squad for this week's three-day training camp in Brighton.

England have met up today and will train at Brighton College, following Saturday's 20-10 win over Wales in Cardiff.


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