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England Students team manager Peter Drewett has named a squad of 26 players from which the team to face France Universities at Richmond FC on Friday February 25 will be selected.

It is the first of England Students three matches this season. They will face the Portugal national side in Lisbon before a re-match with the French in Versailles, both in March.

France won last years meeting with England Students 35-22 in Riom.

We have a good squad of players, many of whom will go on to play a high standard of club rugby, said Drewett, who has taken the reins again, having previously coached or managed Englands Under 21s, U19s and Students.

Historically the French have taken student rugby very seriously. They have compared the universities side to their A team.

We have a mix of players who have met the French before and are determined to turn the tables, plus up and coming players who cant wait to get out on the pitch.

Im grateful to the previous Students manager, Keith Green, for making it a seamless transition for me and I am looking forward to three good matches against quality opposition that will give the English players a great test and hopefully some fantastic memories.

The squad was developed through two weekends of trials at Loughborough University in December and January, and the 26 will train at Uppingham School in Rutland where England Students head coach Paul Westgate is director of sport on Sunday February 13.

The match with a 7.30pm kick-off at the Athletic Ground on Friday February 25 should be an entertaining warm-up to the following days England v France RBS 6 Nations meeting just up the road at Twickenham Stadium.

Tickets are 5 or 10, available on the gate or by calling Richmond FC on 020 8940 0397.

England Students squad for match v France Universities, Athletic Ground, Richmond FC, Friday February 25, k-o 7.30pm:

Adam Bellamy Bristol, Hooker

Richard Boyle Northumbria, Second row

Fred Burdon Cambridge, Centre

Alex Cheesman Oxford, Centre

Richard de Carpentier UWIC, No.8

George Drake Loughborough, Fly half

Callum Grant Reading, Scrum half

Sam Lockwood - Leeds Met, Prop

Mike Macfarlane Loughborough, No.8

Louis Messer UWIC, Full back

Sam Miller Bath, Wing

Tom Mitchell Bristol, Centre

Mohammed Mustafa Liverpool, Prop

Camilo Parilli-Ocampo Loughborough, Prop

Chris Reakes Exeter, Fly half

Rob Saltrick Manchester, Flanker

Tom Sargeant Exeter, Flanker

Will Simpson Loughborough, Centre

Matt Smith UWIC, Second row

Jack Steadman Loughborough, Prop

Ed Styles Loughborough, Full back

Ed Tellwright UWIC, Wing

Alex Waddingham Loughborough, Flanker

William Warden Loughborough, Second row

Russell Weir Loughborough, Scrum half

Jack Yeandle UWIC, Hooker.

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