Newcastle Falcons Academy are in action today at the Northern Academies Under-18 Festival in Sandbach, Cheshire. The squad will play shortened games against Gloucester, Sale and Leeds as a warm-up to the RFU Academy Under-18 League which starts in October.
The festival is an integral part of a young academy players' development with academy manager Mark Laycock adding: “The games are great for the lads to play in, tough rugby played at a high pace with lots of skill on show.
“Pretty much all the teams like to move the ball around so it’s quite entertaining and gives the lads a sneak preview to what their competition will be like across the north of England as they move through the county representative system in October.
“Quite a few of our Under-17 players are getting a run out so we are looking forward to seeing them in action wearing the Falcons jersey, whilst for a number of the Under-18 players it’s time for them to step forward as Ollie Hodgson, Tom Penny and Sean Brown did last season.”
Falcons U18 Squad:
1 Dan Elkington (Sedbergh School/Cumbria) 2 Ben Wilkinson (Gosforth Academy/Percy Park RFC/Nland) 3 Mark Forster (Austin Friars School/Carlisle RFC/Cumbria) 4 Harry Borthwick (Gosforth Academy/Berwick RFC/Nland) 5 Jon Coser (Barnard Castle School/Durham) 6 Tom Lawson (Yarm School/Darlington Mowden Park RFC/Durham) 7 Guy Coser (Barnard Castle School/Durham) 8 Callum Chick (Gosforth Academy/Ponteland RFC/Nland) 9 Bruno Smith (RGS Newcastle/Northern RFC/Nland) 10 Roddy Giles (Sedbergh School/Cumbria) 11 Luke Davison (West Lakes College/Carlisle RFC/Cumbria) 12 Luke Wilson (Hartlepool 6th Form College/Billingham RFC/Durham) 13 Tom Small (Hartlepool 6th Form College/Billingham RFC/Durham) 14 Dan Marshall (Gosforth Academy/Ponteland RFC/Nland) 15 Adam Redman (Durham School/Sunderland RFC/Durham) 16 Craig Cowan (Jedburgh Grammar School/Jed Thistle RFC/Borders) 17 Jack Beckwith (Barnard Castle School/Consett RFC/Durham) 18 Callum Sheldon (QE Kirkbie Lonsdale School/Kirkbie Lonsdale RFC/Cumbria) 19 Freddie Renwick (Sedbergh School/Cumbria) 20 Adam Barrass (Gateshead College/Yorkshire) 21 Richard Addison (Appleby Grammar School/Penrith RFC/Cumbria) 22 Johnny McPhillips (Sedbergh School/Cumbria) 23 Callum Burn (Dutchess School/Alnwick RFC/Nland)