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Fletcher checks out next generation of England talent

29 June 2012

  • Coaches check out best Under 15 players in divisional academies
  • Fletcher keen to share best practice and develop essential skills

THE programme for England’s next generation continues this weekend with a South West Divisional Academy Under-15 training camp.

National Academy Coach John Fletcher

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Thirty-five Under-15s will attend two days at Clifton College, the last of four events which will support the selection for England’s Under-16s squad next season.

RFU National Academy Coach John Fletcher said: “This is the first time we have done it divisionally and the idea is overall to look at around 140 players as well as sharing best practice with their county, divisional and Academy coaches.

"The players were selected from the Academy 12-a-side festivals in May. We focus on three main areas – attack (catching and passing), the tackle area and ball carrying – so that when they progress they have the skills and technical ability to play a variety of game-plans.

"Following these Academy divisional camps the players will return to competition in two 15-a-side festivals at Bristol Grammar School (South West and London & East) and Leicester Grammar School (North and Midlands) in late August.”

Previous camps have been held for the North division at Sedbergh School, the Midlands at Broadstreet and London and South East at Surrey Sports Park.

South West Divisional Academy Under-15 Camp: Samuel Boyland (Bristol Rugby), Elias Caven (Bristol Rugby), Alex  Chalklin  (Gloucester Rugby), Henry  Crane  (Bath Rugby), Elliott Creed (Gloucester Rugby), Harrison Cully  (Exeter Chiefs), Oliver Dawe  (Exeter Chiefs), Clayton Dee (Gloucester Rugby), Daniel  Frost  (Bath Rugby), Joe Gare  (Gloucester Rugby), Charlie Gibbings  (Exeter Chiefs), Nicholas  Harris  (Bath Rugby), Tyler  Jerrum  (Gloucester Rugby), Gareth Jones (Gloucester Rugby), Kieran Kelly  (Bath Rugby), George Key (Gloucester Rugby), Ryan Kline (Gloucester Rugby), Dominic Mackenzie  (Bath Rugby), Declan Matthews (Exeter Chiefs), Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), Charlie Mean (Bath Rugby), Joe Moore  (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Mullis   (Gloucester Rugby), Toby Papp  (Exeter Chiefs), Jordan Poole (Leeds Carnegie), Joshua  Ramsden  (Bath Rugby), Samuel Rees (Bath Rugby), Joshua  Rice  (Bath Rugby), Toben  Ronald  (Gloucester Rugby), Noah Sixton  (Exeter Chiefs), Jack  Stanley  (Exeter Chiefs), Miles Thompson  (Bath Rugby), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby), Guy Toye (Gloucester Rugby), Owen  Waters (Bath Rugby).