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England U16 A Squad for Wellington College Int., Festival

By Kath
April 2 2010

England U16 A 26-man squad head up six action packed days of rugby over the Easter period when they play three matches during the inaugural Wellington International Festival 2010 staged by the top Crowthorne, Berkshire, based college.

England U16 A Squad


 Wellington College International Festival

The 26-man England U16 A squad head up six action packed days of rugby over the Easter period when they play three matches during the inaugural Wellington International Festival 2010 staged by the top Crowthorne, Berkshire, based college.

Wellington have taken over the reigns from Somerset's Millfield School who have held the event for the past eight years and the College have even provided a new pitch especially for the occasion.

While both Wales and the USA are missing this year the England U16 A team, led by Northampton Saints centre Jordan Husband, will be tested to the limits facing Scotland A on Easter Sunday, kick-off 2pm, Belgium the following Tuesday (Apr 6), kick-off 10am, and France A at 1pm on Friday (Apr 9) to close the tournament.

"Scotland is always a firm test and that's what we are focused on at the moment," says Steve Shortland, head coach for the past four years. "Belgium and France A will be a different kind of test for us."

Also playing in the Festival this year are the similar age group national teams of Canada and Portugal along with Italy A and an English Divisions side.

While the senior England U16 team, along with Italy, France and Wales are in Rome competing in this seasons Four Nations competition the England Under 16 A squad members have a glorious opportunity during the Wellington Festival of establishing their credentials for inclusion in future England age-group squads.

It's also a chance for them to not only proudly wear the white shirt with the red rose but to build on their two previous losing games against Northampton Saints U17 Academy, 24-22, and London Wasps U17 Academy side, 31-26, as they get more and more accustomed to playing at a higher standard.

"It's definitely been a very steep learning curve and playing against U17 Academy sides has been a very good test for us as we are U16s," admits Shortland.

"We've certainly matched them but we must now finish the chances we are creating.   "We've got to help the lads to mature and improve their standard of play and in the way they are trying new styles of play and to generate their own individual styles based on the key principles of continuity and possession. "We are trying to play a positive style of rugby where we create an environment to make the right decision. 

"We've got some very good players involved and it's a very positive squad and this tournament helps turn boys into men."  And, as they do not play all of the teams taking part and there is no outright winner the emphasis of the competition is more on how the teams and individuals perform rather than any win at all cost attitude. "We are the stepping stone to the next level of international rugby," underlines Shortland. "We are also the stepping stone to the professional game."

Shortland, now in his fourth year as Head Coach, is once again joined by backs coach Mark Hanslip while the forwards are in the capable hands of newcomer to the coaching team, Biff Wareham.


England U16 A squad (name, position, school, schools CB, club, academy/elite player development group where applicable):-

Saeed Agboke, Wing, Denstone College, Staffordshire, Burton, Leicester Tigers
Rory Anderson, No.8, Eton College, Surrey, Cobham
Matthew Beaumont, Tight-head Prop, Bradford Grammar School, Yorkshire, Leeds Carnegie
James Bloxham, No.8, Millfield School, Somerset, Bath
Oliver Claxton, Fly half, Adams' Grammar School, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, Leicester Tigers
Luke Cole, Hooker, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School, Yorkshire, Old Brodleians, Leeds Carnegie
Niall Crosley, Centre, Bishop Rawstorne High School, Lancashire, Preston Grasshoppers, Sale Sharks
Kieran Davies, Loose-head prop, Sidmouth College, Devon, Sidmouth, Exeter Chiefs
Ralph Dowds, Centre, King Edward & Queen Mary Lytham, Lancashire, Sale Sharks
Alex Gale, Tight-head Prop, Coombeshead College, Devon, Newton Abbot, Exeter Chiefs
Daniel Grange, Lock, Ilkley Grammar School, Yorkshire, Ilkley Rugby Club, Leeds Carnegie
Thomas Hilton-Stevens, Lock, RGS Guildford, Surrey, Cobham, Harlequins EPDG
Andrew Hodgson, Centre/Fly half, The King's School Macclesfield, Cheshire, Cheshire, Sale Sharks
Jordan Husband, Centre, Northampton School for Boys, East Midlands, Old Northamptonians, Northampton Saints
Gus Jones, Open-side flanker, Eton College, Oxfordshire, Oxford Harlequins, London Wasps
Lee Melotti, Full Back/Wing, William Parker School, East Midlands, Old Northamptonians, Northampton Saints
Max Northcote-Green, Blind-side flanker, Millfield School, Somerset, Old Alleynians, Bath
Harry Nuttall, Open-side flanker, The King's School Worcester, North Midlands
Tomas Rhodes, Prop, Flegg High School, Eastern Counties, North Walsham, Leicester Tigers
Simon Sexton, Scrum half, Wellington College, Surrey, London Irish
Alex Smith, Centre, Colfe's School, Kent
Jonathan Taylor, Fly half, Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire, Manchester, Sale Sharks
Harry Thacker, Hooker, Leicester Grammar School, Leicester, Lutterworth, Leicester Tigers
Sebastian Tullie, Scrum Half, Bradford Grammar School, Yorkshire, Otley, Leeds Carnegie
Harry Wells, Lock, The King's School Peterborough, Notts Lincs & Derbyshire, Deepings, Leicester Tigers EPDG
Alex Wootton, Wing, Sedbergh School, Cheshire, Sedbergh School

Wellington International Festival 2010, fixtures:

Sunday April 4:
France A v Italy A (10am)
Canada v Portugal (12pm)
England A v Scotland (2pm)
Belgium v English Divisions (North & Midlands) (4pm)

Tuesday April 6:
England A v Belgium (10am)
Scotland v France A (12pm)
Italy A v Canada (2pm)
Portugal v English Divisions (London & SE) (4pm)

Friday April 9:
Italy A v English Divisions (South West) (10am)
Scotland v Canada (11am)
Portugal v Belgium (12pm)
England A v France A (1pm).

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Wootton hat-trick inspires England U16 A win
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Wootton hat-trick inspires England U16 A win

06 April 2010

England U16 A 52-3 Belgium U18

England U16 A crush Belgium U17s at Wellington Festival

A hat-trick from wing Alex Wootton helped the England U16 A team to their first win in the Wellington College Festival and their first in four outings this season.

The Sedbergh School and Cheshire wing touched down either side of the break and helped England to a 47-0 lead with his third.

Afterwards he said: "It made me feel on top of the world. Iíve scored hat-tricks in school games but Iíve never dreamt of doing it in an international.

"It was a good performance from the boys. Effort after effort from the forwards who played very well, phase after phase, and gave the backs clean ball and allowed us to do our job well. Itís the only win weíve had this season and itís got our confidence up for the game against France on Friday."

Belgium showed in the opening quarter that they would be no pushovers and it took England time to settle before finally taking the lead on 17 minutes.

Flanker Harry Nuttal was at the heart of the build-up ashe was on hand to take No.8 Harry Wells's inside pass and ship it on to lock James Bloxham.

He brushed aside a tackle to touch down and give skipper and fly half Jonathan Taylor an easy conversion.

A burst up the wing from Wootton sent full back Lee Melotti flying over for the second try and he had grabbed a second, this time converted by Taylor, before Wootton embarked on his individual try scoring efforts just before half-time.

The wing polished off a patient build-up in the Belgium 22 for his first, converted by Taylor, to extend Englandís lead to 26-0 as Portuguese referee Alphonso Noguiera signalled the interval.

Five minutes into the second-half he had added his second as England smartly whipped the ball along their line for Wootton to race over.

Again Taylor added the extras as he did to Englandís sixth try when the forwards took and drove from a line-out deep in the Belgium 22 and hooker Harry Thacker eventually peeled off the maul and drove over.

Within a minute of the restart they had scored again, this time with another of the England substitutes prop Matt Beaumontís thunderous drive setting up Wootton for his hat-trick as he cruised in under the posts.

Taylor once more obliged with the conversion but couldnít manage to kick the additional points after flanker Steve Uren had completed the England rout with the eighth and final touchdown.

"Iím pleased with it overall," said England U16 A coach Steve Shortland afterwards. "We knew it wasnít going to be a push-over and we were just trying to play phase play and earn the right to go wide and make space and take space.

"Weíve worked hard to do that by, probably, getting more people over the ball than we did against Scotland and put our scrum-half in an armchair and then allowing ourselves to express ourselves out wide, which I think we did very well."

England U16 A

Lee Melotti (William Parker School/East Midlands); Alex Wootton (Sedburgh School/Cheshire), Ralph Dowds (King Edward V11 & Queen Mary, Lytham/Lancashire), Nick Carpenter (Clevedon School/Somerset), Saeed Agboke (Denstone College/Staffordshire); Jonathan Taylor (Cheadle Hulme School/Cheshire), Simon Sexton (Wellington College/Surrey); Tom Rhodes (Flegg High School/Eastern Counties), Luke Cole (Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School/Yorkshire), Kieran Davies (Sidmouth College/Devon); James Bloxham (Millfield School/Somerset), Tom Hilton-Stevens (RGS Guildford/Surrey); Steve Uren (Higham High School/Bristol); Harry Nuttall (The Kingís School Worcester/North Midlands), Harry Wells (The Kingís School Peterborough/Notts/Lincs/Derby).

Replacements: Matt Beaumont (Bradford Grammar School/Yorkshire), Harry Thacker (Leicester Grammar School/Leicester), Alex Gale (Coombeshead College/Devon), Daniel Grange (Ilkley Grammar School/Yorkshire), Gus Jones (Eton College/Oxfordshire), Rory Anderson (Eton College/Surrey), Seb Tullie (Bradford Grammar School/Yorkshire), Oliver Claxton (Adamsí Grammar School/Staffordshire), Niall Crosley (Bishop Rawstorne High School/Lancashire), Andrew Hodgson (The Kings School, Macclesfield/ Cheshire), Alex Smith (Colfeís School/Kent).

Wellington International Festival 2010, fixtures/results

Sunday April 4:

France A 32-5 Italy A
Canada 22-5 Portugal
England A 5-7 Scotland U17
Belgium 0-54 English Divisions (North & Midlands)

Tuesday April 6:

England A 52-3 Belgium

Scotland v France A (12pm)
Italy A v Canada (2pm)
Portugal v English Divisions (London & SE) (4pm)

Friday April 9:

Italy A v English Divisions (South West) (10am)
Scotland v Canada (11am)
Portugal v Belgium (12pm)
England A v France A (1pm).

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