Newcastle Falcons Under-16s take on Scotland Under-16s on the 3G pitch at Murrayfield this Sunday (kick-off 2pm).
The fixture has become an annual event for the Falcons youngsters in recent years and Academy head coach James Ponton is in positive mood ahead of the game.
“We are relishing the challenge that Scotland will bring,” said Ponton.
“Most of our squad has been together through the Combined Counties earlier this year and spent near enough a season training with us in the Academy.
“There are some really exciting individuals within the group but moreover, as a team they perform very well together. There is a good spread of players from across the region with six Cumbrian based players and eight from Durham.
“Four of the squad made it through to England Under-16s this year, which has not happened at the club for a few seasons, and whilst we are confident going to Murrayfield we don't underestimate the strength of the opposition.
“They have been in camp together ahead of their International Festival at Wellington College in April,” added Ponton.
Newcastle Falcons U16 Squad:
1 Sean Dowling (Astley Community High School/Blyth RFC/Northumberland) 2 Jack Beckwith* (Barnard Castle School/Consett RFC/Durham) 3 James Orritt* (Dame Allans School/Blaydon RFC/Northumberland) 4 Aidan Coulthard (West Lakes College/Egremont RFC/Cumbria) 5 Michael Walton* (St Johns School/Durham City RFC/Durham) 6 Harry Borthwick (Berwick Academy/Berwick RFC/Northumberland) 7 Joe Craggs (Hummersknott School/Darlington Mowden Park RFC/Durham) 8 Callum Chick* (Ponteland High School/Ponteland RFC/Northumberland) 9 Bruno Smith (RGS Newcastle/Northern RFC/Northumberland) 10 Johnny McPhillips (Sedbergh School/Cumbria) 11 Garry Izomor (Durham School/Durham City RFC/Durham) 12 Lloyd Purser (St Johns School/Durham City RFC/Durham) 13 Adam Redman (Durham School/Sunderland RFC/Durham) 14 Dan Marshall (Gosforth Academy/Ponteland RFC/Northumberland) 15 Callum Burn (Dutchess High School/Alnwick RFC/Northumberland)
16 Freddie Renwick (Sedbergh School/Cumbria) 17 Angus Fulton (Caldew School/Carlisle RFC/Cumbria) 18 Anthony Makepeace (RGS Newcastle/Northern RFC/Northumberland) 19 Alex Duke (Grinden Hall School/Durham City RFC/Durham) 20 Richard Addison (Appleby Grammar School/Penrith RFC/Cumbria) 21 James Cooney (Whickham School/Blaydon RFC/Durham) 22 James Boustead (QEGS Penrith/Penrith RFC/Cumbria)