Newcastle Falcons have named their under-18s side to take on Northampton Saints at Winters Park, home of Penrith RFC tomorrow (kick-off 12.30pm).
Hosting the match in Cumbria is part of the Falcons’ plans to help grow the game in the county, with Penrith RFC and Cumbria RFC the two Cumbrian ‘focus groups’ which the club are working closely with this year to help raise interest in grassroots rugby. Earlier this season the Falcons ‘A’ team entertained Worcester Cavaliers at Carlisle and now it is the turn of Penrith to host an academy showpiece.
Academy manager Mark Laycock said: “We have played at Darlington, Middlesbrough, Blaydon, Carlisle and Northern so far this season and the hospitality we have received has always been outstanding.
“We are very much looking forward to playing at Penrith where Mark Wilson played his junior rugby as a kid. There are some exciting young players involved and if any of the previous games are anything to go by, this one should be a great spectacle.”
Entry is free of charge and all local rugby fans are encouraged to come along and support the stars of the future.
Falcons U18 Squad
1 Jake Ellwood (Durham School, Durham) 2 Ben Wilkinson (Gosforth Academy, Percy Park RFC, Northumberland) 3 James Orritt (Sedbergh School, Blaydon RFC, Northumberland) 4 Theo Nwosu-Hope (QE Hexham School, Tynedale RFC, Northumberland) 5 George Hedgley (Giggleswick School, Wharfedale RFC, Yorkshire) 6 Guy Coser (Barnard Castle School, Durham) 7 Jonny Coser (Barnard Castle School, Durham) 8 Callum Chick (Gosforth Academy, Ponteland RFC, Northumberland) 9 Dan Taylor (Durham School, Westoe RFC, Durham) 10 Brett Connon (Austin Friars School, Carlisle RFC, 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, Northumberland) 15 Dan Osborn (Gosforth Academy, Middlesbrough RFC, Durham)
16 Jack Beckwith (Barnard Castle School, Consett RFC, Durham) 17 Aston Whitlow (Gosforth Academy, Alnwick RFC, Northumberland) 18 Jake Taylor (St Peters School York, Yorkshire) 19 Aidan Coulthard (West Lakes College, Egremont RFC, Cumbria) 20 Shane Armstrong (Jed Thistle RFC, Borders) 21 James Christie (Sedbergh School, Cumbria) 22 Joe Craggs (Gosforth Academy, Darlington Mowden Park RFC, Durham) 23 Jack Hearn (Dame Allans School, Northumberland)