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England Counties Squad Announced for Canada Trip June2010


By RFU Press
May 27 2010

THE ENGLAND Counties XV has had a reputation for casting a wide selection net since its inception in 2002 and that tradition has been faithfully maintained in the squad of 26 players announced today for the three-match trip to Canada which leaves on Monday (May 31).

England Counties Squad Named for Canada 2010


Players from 12 different Counties and 20 different clubs are involved in one of the most diverse groupings ever to represent the Counties XV.

"I'm always excited whenever we put a new group of players together for a tour, especially when, as in this case, we have a majority of players who will be wearing an England Counties shirt for the first time,"says Team Manager Danny Hodgson.

"Only eight of the 26-man squad have been with us before, which means that this group probably has as many debutants as we've ever had. That adds a rewarding extra dimension for the players in terms of forging new friendships and it also challenges them and the coaches.

"Blending an effective unit in which all their individual talents can thrive is one of the big tests for every new Counties squad and from a Manager's perspective, that is always one of the most interesting aspects to see evolving.

"Our record of winning our three previous games in Canada is one we want to extend, but we recognise that Canadian rugby is progressing steadily and we're preparing for a full-on trio of matches.

"We're also looking forward to meeting up with new rugby friends and enjoying the hospitality that has characterised our previous visits. We'll be doing a lot of travelling - from Newfoundland in the east to Vancouver on the western seaboard - so it promises to be a demanding trip in more ways than one.

"But we've had great support from clubs and counties in identifying a top-class squad and I can't wait to see the team in action."

England Counties Squad 2010:

Forwards: Dan Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire)*, Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall)*, Phil Eggleshaw (Nottingham & Durham), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands)*, Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire)*, Will Fraser (Saracens & Hertfordshire), Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland)*, Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Matt Long (Birmingham Solihull & Gloucestershire)*, Louis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Harry Spencer (Bedford & Devon), Craig Voisey (Rotherham & North Midlands), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland).

Backs: Will Cliff (Sale & Cheshire), Gareth Collins (Leicester Lions & Warwickshire)*, Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), Paul Humphries (Blackheath & Kent), Charlie Ingall (Tynedale & Northumberland), Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire)*, Tom Kessell (Plymouth & Devon), Cameron Mitchell (Birmingham Solihull & North Midlands), Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire), Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire).

*Indicated previous England Counties involvement


Fixture List
Friday, June 4 - The Rock v England Counties
 Swilers RFC, St John's, Newfoundland, KO 18.15.

Tuesday, June 8 - Ontario Blues v England Counties
Oakville Crusaders, Toronto, KO 19.00

Saturday, June 12 - British Columbia Bears v England Counties 
 Klahanie Park, West Vancouver, KO 15.00.

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The Rock team that will face English Counties June 4:
England News (IP Logged)
27/05/2010 11:50
Rock names roster for game against English side
RUGBY
JOHN BROWNE
The Telegram


The bulk of the roster for The Rock team that will take on England's national amateur rugby team June 4 in St. John's has been announced.

Rock coach Pat Parfrey said while most of the squad has been selected, the final few slots won't be finalized until a pre-game camp, to be held Tuesday..

[www.thetelegram.com]


ROCK ROSTER


The Rock team that will face English Counties June 4:

Props: Frank Walsh, Rod Snow, Chris Burt and either Darryl Cross, Phil Alcock or Joel Anderson
Hooker: Peter Densmore, Owen Parfrey
Second row: Brad Lester, Sean O'Leary and either Jon Phelan or Justin Meyers
Back row: Kevin Parfrey, Jebb Sinclair, Toni Wodzicki, Zac Coughlan
Scrum half: Rich O'Malley, Cyril Bugden
Outhalf: Dean Blanks, Patrick Parfrey
Centres:Tyler Wish, Geoff Warden, Robert Wilson
Wings: Ben Trevorrow, Simon Pacey and either Mike Rudofsky or Jason Picco
Fullback: Morgan Lovell

 
Re: England Counties Squad Announced for Canada Trip June2010
England News (IP Logged)
03/06/2010 14:03
England Counties field 13 newcomers
Thursday June 3, 2010
Issued by Tony Simpson

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Henry Staff - the youngest player on debut



ENGLAND Counties will have 13 players making their debut when they open their three-match tour to Canada with a game against The Rock, the Newfoundland provincial team, at The Swilers RFC in St John's tomorrow (Friday, June 4, 9.45pm BST).

The Counties squad is drawn from 11 different counties and 17 different clubs and is arguably the most diverse line-up ever to represent the Counties XV.

The senior player in the squad, prop Matt Long, leads the side, while at the other end of the age spectrum, Blackheath's Henry Staff, who only celebrated his 19th birthday on March 8, partners his clubmate Steve Hamilton at centre.

Manager Danny Hodgson was keen to underline the selection policy which produced this opening combination by pointing out that the choice is the first part of a two-part process which seeks to deploy resources over games in St John's and Toronto to obtain maximum effectiveness.

"We have a very strong squad and I'm perfectly happy that any of the players not chosen for the first outing could step into the team and the standard would not suffer." says Hodgson: "I have every belief in all the players and know that we have some real quality in all positions.

"The calibre of the players is very, very high right across the board without a single exception. We said at the outset that every player would play in one of the first two games and get a chance to prove himself. That's what is going to happen.

"But with that process in mind, we have to achieve a balance in the way we use our resources. A great deal of thought has gone into getting the right combinations for the two games and I'm sure the coaches have selected wisely.

"We have a squad with an average age of 22, which is great, because age was not a factor when they were watched and selected. There are some very talented youngsters in this group and there are also key figures with good experience to help to steer things in the right direction if the need arises.

"I know that The Rock team will be extremely passionate and very well prepared, so we are expecting a very thorough examination. As their coach Pat Parfrey said a couple of days ago, on paper we look to be strong favourites, but games are not won and lost on paper. We think we know what to expect and we're looking forward to the tussle."



England Counties XV (v The Rock, St John's, Friday, June 4, 2010):

Gareth Collins (Leicester Lions & Warwickshire); Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire);
Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Tom Kessell (Plymouth & Devon); Matt Long (Birmingham Solihull & Gloucestershire), Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Craig Voisey (Rotherham & North Midlands), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford Blues & Devon), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Will Fraser (Saracens & Hertfordshire), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands).
Replacements: Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Lewis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Dan Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Will Cliff (Sale & Cheshire), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire), Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire).

 
Counties deal with the Rock and a hard place
England News (IP Logged)
05/06/2010 09:05
Counties deal with the Rock and a hard place
Saturday June 5, 2010
Issued by Tony Simpson

The Rock, Newfoundland 6 England Counties 20

ENGLAND Counties opened their three-match tour of Canada with a hard-fought victory of a resolute and physical Newfoundland Rock side in bleak conditions at The Swilers club in St John's.

The hosts were just as combative and rugged as they promised to be and in difficult cold and wet conditions the Counties had to call on all their reserves of discipline and resolve to cope with a powerful display by the Rock side.

This was the kind of success that Manager Danny Hodgson was hoping for from his relatively fledgling team, which showed a maturity beyond its average age of 22 to deal with a full-frontal effort by the Rock.

Key to success was the ability of the Counties to keep their nerve and shape under extreme pressure and to produce some well-organised defensive patterns on the handful of occasions that their opponents managed a breakthrough or profited from handling errors.

"I'm absolutely delighted," said Manager Hodgson: "Our discipline was superb, conditions were difficult and we were confronted by a big, physical side, but we played to the conditions and I'm very, very pleased.

"The game and the opposition was exactly what we expected and we came through. It's so important to win you first game and when that win comes against a proper team, the success is so much more valuable"

Coach Dave Baldwin echoed the sentiments when he said: "It's always nice to win and especially when the conditions are as difficult as they were tonight. There were times when we put ourselves under pressure, but our scrambling defence was really good and we kept them out.

"I think had it been dry we might have won by a bigger margin, but it wasn't and we dug it out and got a win when many teams have lost in that situation. There were unforced errors that need to be looked at and improved upon next time, but all 23 players in the squad tonight got a game and they'll be better for having that under their belts going forward."

The key to the Counties success in a game where the energy and combativeness of the forward exchanges never eased was their ability to find a decisive cutting edge.

They managed one second-half try into the wind when flanker Will Fraser finally drove over after sustained forward pressure, while the two first-half tries went to the backs.

The first came after 30 minutes from scrum-half Tom Kessell after a powerful surge by the pack, the young Devon No 9 darting away on the blind side to score from close range.

The second try was a fine solo effort from wingman Fergus Mulchrone, who produced a jack-hammer hand-off to get into space and then accelerated away for a fine wingman's try.

Fly-half Ross Winney was off target with a couple of early penalties and was wide with the Kessell conversion attempt, but he then found his range with a penalty after Rock fly-half Dean Blanks cut the deficit to 5-3 with a penaly and produced a superb conversion of Mulchrone's try from the touchline to give the Counties a 15-3 interval advantage.

A second penalty from Blanks gave the Rock a glimpse of something positive with the wind at their backs, but the Counties refused to buckle and Fraser's try on 65 minutes gave them a whip hand that they never relinquished.

"There was plenty in the game that we can be proud of,"
said Rock coach Simon Blanks: "There was plenty of passion in the way we played and the lads can feel pleased with the way they played what was our first game of the season. We've only been training for a week on grass and while there are issues about our offensive play that we have to address, overall it was a proper man's game with lots to be pleased with on both sides."


The Rock:
Morgan Lovell; Ben Trevorrow, Robert Wilson, Tyler Wish, Geoff Warden; Dean Blanks, Rich O'Malley; Frank Walsh, Peter Densmore capt, Rod Snow, Brad Lester, Sean O'Leary, Tony Wodzicki, Kevin Parfrey, Jeb Sinclair.
Replacements: Chris Burt, Darryl Cross, Owen Parfrey, Phil Alcock, Zac Coughlan, Cyril Bugden, Partrick Parfrey, Jason Picco


England Counties XV:
Gareth Collins (Leicester Lions & Warwickshire); Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire);
Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Tom Kessell (Plymouth & Devon); Matt Long (Birmingham Solihull & Gloucestershire), Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Craig Voisey (Rotherham & North Midlands), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford Blues & Devon), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Will Fraser (Saracens & Hertfordshire), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands).
Replacements: Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Lewis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Dan Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Will Cliff (Sale & Cheshire), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire), Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire).
Referee: Mr Andrew Hall (Ontario)';

 
Late call-up Dench leads new-look Counties
England News (IP Logged)
06/06/2010 16:11
Sunday June 6, 2010
Issued by Tony Simpson

ENGLAND Counties make eleven changes to the starting line-up in their previous game when they meet Ontario Blues at Oakville Crusaders RFC on Tuesday (June 8) in the second game of their three-match tour to Canada.

They also change their captain, with Yorkshire's Kyle Dench taking over from prop Matt Long, who takes a day off.

"This is a massive honour for me, especially when you consider that I only came into the squad at the 11th hour," said the Harrogate centre: "It's a new experience, but it's a challenge and I'm going to look at it that way and try to get the best out of everybody.

"I've always been in teams where I've had experienced players around me and hopefully I can draw from what I learned from players like Dave Scully.

"I've always believed in trying to play with a smile on my face. So I'll be doing my best and trying to lead from the front. I wasn't expecting to come on tour and then I wasn't expecting to get a run in the first game, but it worked out that way and it was brilliant to be out there.

"To get on the pitch and wear that white shirt is amazing and to be asked to captain the side is a special honour. I can clearly remember making my Counties debut in France and how big a thing it was, so I understood how the lads on debut will feel. Hopefully I can help them to deal with the experience and we can deliver a quality display in which everyone gets to show what they can do."


The tourists opened with a hard-fought 20-6 win over The Rock in Newfoundland and they have now relocated to Toronto, where the temperature has risen by 20 degrees and a less attritional contest is expected.

The Counties suffered their first major setback of the trip when Man of the Match against The Rock, Saracens and Hertfordshire flanker Will Fraser, suffered damage to his knee in the dying moments of an outstanding performance and will not play again on the trip.

He is awaiting a hospital visit tomorrow (Monday) to establish the extent of the damage.

England Counties XV (v Ontario Blues at Oakville Crusaders RFC, Toronto):


Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire); James Tincknell (Wharfedale), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire), Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Charlie Ingall (Tynedale & Northumberland); Paul Humphries (Blackheath & Kent), Will Cliff (Sale Sharks & Cheshire); Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Louis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Daniel Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Phil Eggleshaw (Nottingham & Durham).
Replacements: Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Craig Voisey (Rotherham & North Midlands), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford & Devon), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands), Tom Kessell (Plymouth Albion & Devon), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire).

 
Re: England Counties - Canada 2010 - Thread
England News (IP Logged)
09/06/2010 07:40
Counties survive another stern test in Canada
Wednesday June 9, 2010
Issued by Tony Simpson

Ontario Blues 26 England Counties 32


ENGLAND Counties maintained their unbeaten record in Canada when they claimed the second win of their three-match tour against Ontario Blues in Toronto tonight.

But once again the tourists found themselves sorely tested by energetic and very skilful opposition, who fully lived up to their reputation for enterprising rugby and had the Counties nerves jangling to the bitter end.

Had the tourists shown less naivety in the closing stages when they had the opposition by the throat and only needed to screw the game down with a conservative kicking strategy they might have won with something to spare, but instead they were always looking to add to their try tally and it made for very nervous watching.

There was no hint of the topsy-turvy game to follow when the Counties came out of the blocks at pace to take a 10-0 lead in just six minutes. Once again young scrum-half Tom Kessell was on the scoresheet, supporting a smart break by fly-half Paul Humphries to slip through near the posts.

Full-back Tom Jarvis converted and added a penalty, but the setbacks did not faze the Blues, who settled into the challenge and cut the deficit when prop Dan Pletch was driven over from a lineout.

Fly-half Steve Piatek converted and then made the Counties pay for their indescretions when he landed three penalties to put his side 16-10 ahead at the interval.

With the wind in their favour and some strong direction from the coaching staff at the break, the Counties set about repairing the situation with a more focused and more organised approach in the second-half, a try from a driving maul by prop Gavin Woods, converted by Humphries, edging them infront.

Humphries then supplied a perfectly weighted kick for Jarvis to gather at full-speed to give the Counties a 22-16 lead, but any hopes that the Blues might buckle were quickly dispelled when scrum-half Adam Schouten stretched over and Piatek goaled to put the home side ahead again at 23-22.

The indomitable Humphries then served up an exquisite pass for flanker Dan Baines to scythe through under the posts, Humphries converting and adding a penalty for a 32-23 lead.

Piatek had the last word when he kicked a penalty after 65 minutes to bring his side within striking distance again, but although the Counties could not keep their hands off the self-destruct button by continuing to play attacking rugby, they held out for the win.

"The Blues came at us strongly in the first-half, as we knew they would, and they were probably stronger up front and more skilful than we were led to believe," said Manager Danny Hodgson: "Going in six points down at half-time was a bit of a worry and I don't know what the coaches said at half-time, but it certainly had an effect.

"We were more composed after the break and I thought the Blues might tire a bit, but they came back again and took us to the wire. I was a nervous wreck in the closing stages and mightily relieved to get the win.

"Overall, though, I thought it was a great game and a great rugby occasion, just what the Counties team is all about in my view. Now we go to Vancouver to take on the British Columbia Bears and we know that we'll probably need to raise
our game again to complete a hat trick of wins."

Ontario Blues: Rory Tomlinson (Brantford Harlequins); Ryan Macsween (Balmy Beach), Ryan Tomlinson (Barrie), Derek Daypuck (London St Georges), Scott Kyle (Niagara Wasps); Steve Piatek, (Brantford Harlequins), Adam Schouten (Brantford Harlequins); Creag Johnston (Toronto Scottish), Mike Pletch (Velox Valhallians), Dan Pletch (Oakville Crusaders), Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay Gryphons OR Gord Kehoe (Barrie), Stu Ault (Barrhaven Scottish), Keegan Selby (Brantford Harlequins), Alistair Clark (Oakville Crusaders), Mark Macsween (Balmy Beach).

England Counties XV: Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire); James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire) capt, Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Charlie Ingall (Tynedale & Northumberland); Paul Humphries (Blackheath & Kent), Tom Kessell (Plymouth Albion & Devon); Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Louis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Daniel Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Phil Eggleshaw (Nottingham & Durham).

Replacements: all used - Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Craig Voisey (Rotherham & North Midlands), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford & Devon), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands), Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire).

Referee:
Mr Andrew Hosie (Canada/Ontario)

 
Counties reshuffle for final Canada test
England News (IP Logged)
11/06/2010 16:29
Counties reshuffle for final Canada test
Friday June 11, 2010
Issued by Tony Simpson

ENGLAND Counties will go into the final match of the Canadian tour against British Columbia Bears in Vancouver on Saturday with eight changes to the starting line-up that accounted for Ontario Blues on Tuesday in Toronto.

The tourists will also have six changes from the team that took the field against The Rock in the opening game a week ago, which underlines the success of the selection process. In the opening two games the priority was to get an optimum blend over two games from the 26 players available.

The squad for the final game has been chosen strictly on merit, although as Manager Danny Hodgson points out, competition for places could not have been keener. He said: "When we started out, our aim was not to select teams for the first two games on individual playing ability, but to choose combinations that would bring us two wins. It's always important to win your first game on any tour, but we also wanted to avoid the second being a banana skin.

"We had to work hard to win our first two games, but we managed it and now we come to the final test, which I'm sure is going to be another tough assignment.


England Counties XV: Gareth Collins (Leicester Lions & Warwickshire); Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire), Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire); Paul Humphries (Blackheath & Kent), Will Cliff (Sale Sharks & Cheshire); Matt Long (Birmingham Solihull & Gloucstershire) capt, Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Craig Voisey (Rotherham & North Midlands), Louis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford & Devon), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Daniel Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands),
Replacements: Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Phil Eggleshaw (Nottingham & Durham), Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire), Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire).

 
Counties give Hodgson seven-try salute
England News (IP Logged)
13/06/2010 08:53
Counties give Hodgson seven-try salute
Sunday June 13, 2010
Issued by Tony Simpson

British Columbia Bears 7 England Counties 46

ENGLAND Counties Manager Danny Hodgson insisted that he was the happiest man in Canada after his team completed a hat trick of tour wins by beating BC Bears with a rousing performance at Klahanie Park in Vancouver this afternoon.

The game was an especially emotional experience for the Northumberland farmer, who stands down from the Counties management team after this game having been involved as Assistant Manager and Manager since the side was put together in 2002.

And how well his latest group of players - average age 22 - responded to the challenge of providing the hugely popular Hodgson with a perfect send-off. They scored seven tries in all, with fly-half Paul Humphries converting two and his replacement Ross Winney adding two conversions and a penalty.

The visitors were expecting their toughest test of the three game series, but they got away to a brisk start when centre Henry Staff, the youngest player in the team, powered through to score, and soon afterwards crisp hands from No 8 Mark Evans gave wingman James Tincknell all the space he needed to gallop home.

Good running by the impressive Gareth Collins at full-back helped set up the position for wingman Tom Jarvis to claim the third before lock Louis McGowan was driven over for a try that effectively sealed the game for the Counties at 24-0.

As they have discovered throughout their trip, however, Canadians do not buckle readily and the Bears cut the deficit with a try by flanker Seamus Guy, who took a quick free-kick and bundled over, full-back Mike Hall adding the conversion.

The Bears continued to deny the tourists with some sturdy defending after the break and it was perhaps a tribute to their tenacity that the next Counties score was a Winney penalty to take the score at 27-7.

The closing stages then belonged entirely to the tourists as the home side weakened slightly, tries by Staff, Tincknell and replacement Phil Eggleshaw sealing a top-class display.

"At the start of this trip, I was quoted as being the happiest man in Twickenham when our players came through the County Championship final OK,"
said a tearful Hodgson: "Now I'm the happiest man in Canada.

"The lads were magnificent and I'm over the moon. To see all the team getting round the field working and grafting like they did was tremendous. There was also skill that was absolutely breath-taking.

"We've had different conditions to deal with in every game and to come into a hot, humid enclosed round and play like we did was something special. For a team that only trained together for the first time a week last Tuesday to play with such style was remarkable and I'm so proud of them. I couldn't have asked for anything more from my last game."

England Counties XV: Gareth Collins (Leicester Lions & Warwickshire); James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire), Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire); Paul Humphries (Blackheath & Kent), Will Cliff (Sale Sharks & Cheshire); Matt Long (Birmingham Solihull & Gloucstershire) capt, Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Craig Voisey (Rotherham & North Midlands), Louis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford & Devon), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Daniel Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands),
Replacements: all used - Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Phil Eggleshaw (Nottingham & Durham), Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire), Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire).

BC Bears: M Hall; B Carpenter, S Dawai, T Dalziel, B Nicholson; J Hirst, C Brown; R Hanmer, R Down, S Mackay, E Lopatinsky, M Burak capt, C Pierce, S Gay, C Morrison.
Replacements: D Cameron, L Hart, A Zaruba, S Plummer, H Belanger, J McKenzie, C Trainor, K Appledoom.

Referee:
D Smortchevsky (Canada)

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