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Your News Mitchell takes over England Students captaincy

Bristol University centre Tom Mitchell will captain England Students against the Portugal national side in Lisbon on Saturday afternoon (March 5) after the withdrawal of Will Warden with appendicitis.

Warden skippered England to a 25-23 win in their opening match of the season against France Universities at Richmond in Surrey last Friday evening (February 25).

But the Loughborough University lock had an operation to remove his appendix on Tuesday and was unable to join the team when they met at Twickenham Stadium this morning (Wednesday March 2) for their afternoon departure to Portugal.

Bristol second row Luke Bellinger has joined the squad to replace Warden, and with Mitchell stepping up to the captaincy, his role as vice captain goes to flanker Tom Sargeant.

The 22-man squad is otherwise unchanged and the team to face Portugal, currently ranked 20th in the world by the International Rugby Board, will be announced on Thursday.

The Portuguese won the inaugural meeting between the sides 21-18 in Lisbon in January 2010.

“It is bad luck for Will Warden who led the team superbly against the French and we wish him well,” said Pete Drewett, England Students’ team manager.

“But Luke Bellinger has been part of a successful Bristol University team this season and he was with England Students for the training day we had at Uppingham School last month so it will be a seamless transition.”

England Students squad v Portugal, Estádio Universitário, Lisbon, Saturday March 5, k-o 3pm local time:

Backs: Fred Burdon (Cambridge, centre), Alex Cheesman (Oxford, centre), Callum Grant (Reading, scrum half), Louis Messer (UWIC, full back), Sam Miller (Bath, wing), Tom Mitchell (Bristol, centre, captain), Chris Reakes (Exeter, fly half), Paul Roberts (Bath, fly half), Ed Styles (Loughborough, wing / full back), Russell Weir (Loughborough, scrum half).

Forwards: Adam Bellamy (Bristol, hooker), Luke Bellinger (Bristol, second row), Richard Boyle (Northumbria, second row), Richard de Carpentier (UWIC, No.8), Samuel Lockwood (Leeds Met, prop), Mike Macfarlane (Loughborough, No.8), Mohammed Mustafa (Liverpool, prop), Camilo Parilli-Ocampo (Loughborough, prop), Tom Sargeant (Exeter, flanker, vice captain), Matt Smith (UWIC, second row), Alex Waddingham (Loughborough, flanker), Jack Yeandle (UWIC, hooker).

England Students Fixtures 2010-11

Friday February 25: won 25-23 v France Universities, Richmond

Saturday March 5 v Portugal, Lisbon

Saturday March 26 v France Universities, Versailles.

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