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BELGIUM, Canada, Scotland and France A will join four English sides in the Wellington Festival next month.

England Reds and England Blues Under 16s teams will be joined by an English Divisions North and English Divisions Midlands at the festival in Berkshire from April 16 to 22 with matches played on two pitches.

The festival aims to build on the success of the former Millfield Festival at which Englan d full-back Ben Foden, Scotand lock Richie Gray and France fly-half Morgan Parra appeared as schoolboys.

“The Festival is extremely important to all the countries taking part in helping to identify young players for their elite player pathways and to show how successful the Festival has been, you have to look no further than Ben Foden for England, Morgan Parra for France and Richie Gray for Scotland," said Festival Director Doug Sharp.

“Along with these stars are Oliver Lindsay-Hague and John Brake who are in the England 7's squad as well as eight members of the England Under 20s squad who are now with Premiership clubs - Ryan Bower, Koree Britton, Ryan Mills, Addison Lockley, Ben Ransome, Christian Wade, Guy Armitage and Marland Yarde.”

England Reds will kick-off the Wellington Festival on April 17 when they play Canada at 11am. England Blues will then face Belgium at 1.30pm with Scotland and France A wrapping up the opening day at 3.30pm

On April 19 England Blues will play Scotland at 11am followed by Canada v Belgium at 1pm and England Reds v France A at 3.30pm.

The festival concludes on April 22 when the two English Divisions will join the six other sidesThe final day schedule is: England Blues v English Division (North) at 10am, England Reds v Scotland at 11am, Belgium v English Division (Midlands) at 12noon and Canada v France A at 1pm.

Portugal had to withdraw from the Festival for financial reasons but the tournament organisers are already working on a ten team format for 2012 including sides from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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