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Your News Unbeaten North have five in England Under 18 squad

A BRACE of victories which in each case hinged to the last kick of the game in their two Divisional Festival matches at Broadstreet RFC over the weekend has earned five members of the North RU Under 18 Clubs and Schools team a place in the England team to face their Irish counterparts at Old Merchant Taylors School, Northwood on April 14, 2012 (12noon).

The North needed an injury time penalty from centre Michael Haley to go in off the upright for their opening 32-31 win over the South West on Friday evening and they then needed a late conversion attempt by wingman Max Stelling to fly just wide before they could claim a 7-5 success over the Midlands in their second match.

They were both very tense finales, but I think we deserved our successes and I was very pleased for the lads said Lead Coach Peter Taylor. Although we scored more points in our opening game, we played much better in the second and improved our performance a good deal.

That said, we score five tries against the South West and had we been able to add the kicks, we would have been clear. It would have been devastating had we not made that late penalty, but we did and our teamwork really counted. We came back from being behind three times, we used all our replacements to make sure everyone was fully included and we achieved a deserved win.

We made eight changes to the starting line-up on Sunday to make sure everyone got a start and a fair crack of the whip and we played a lot better rugby. We dominated territorially into the wind in the first-half and increased that supremacy after the break.

Had that final kick gone over, a draw would have been hard to take because of the way we dominated the game throughout in most areas, with an unblemished lineout display and four strikes against the head at the scrum.

The result is that weve five players in the England side to play Ireland, including four forwards, but I feel desperately disappointed for some of the lads who didnt make it because they all played so well.

England will train at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on March 9 and 10 before playing their first warm-up match there against Northampton Saints Academy on March 11.

A second and final warm-up match will be against Leicester Tigers Academy at Oval Park in Wigston on April 8.

The full England squad is:

Forwards: George Beale (Bromsgrove School, Worcester & Midlands), Gabriel Carroll (St Josephs College, Ipswich, Sudbury RFC & London & South East), James Flynn (Stockport GS, Manchester & North), Curtis Greene (St Josephs College, Trentham & Midlands), Joe Joyce (South West), Dan Keat (South West), Shaquille Meyers (St Josephs College, Ipswich, Diss RFC & LSE), Cameron Neild (Manchester GS, Sale Sharks & North), Jacob Nickson (Fylde, North), Morgan Robinson-Eames (Bishop Burton College, Hull & Midlands), Ed Taylor (Old Swinford Hospital School, Bridgnorth & Midlands), Guy Van Den Dries (Barnard Castle School & North).

Backs: Jordan Burns (Epsom College, Cobham RFC & LSE), Louis Grimoldby (Stamford School & Midlands), Michael Haley (Myerscough College & North), Chris Lord (St Josephs College Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds RFC & LSE), Zac Maiden (South West), Henry Purdy (South West), Harry Sloan (Skinners School, Harlequins FC & LSE), Max Stelling (Old Swinford Hospital School, Moseley & Midlands), Joe Tarrant (St Josephs College Ipswich, Colchester RFC & LSE), Henry Taylor (South West).

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