England Students confirm new management team

England Students take on France and Ireland in April
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Durham University’s Paul Baty has become the new team manager of England Students for the 2017 season after two years as assistant manager.

Baty will take over from from Phil Llewellyn while Newcastle University coach Andrew Kennedy has become assistant manager.

Aaron James continues as Head Coach for a third season with Mark Irish taking on the assistant coach role.

“The coaches we have bring vast experience and knowledge of university rugby and we will be hoping to capitalise on the momentum from BUCS Super Rugby which has been fantastic," Baty told the RFU website.

“The deadline for institutions to nominate players is 10th February and then the selection committee will have to make some tough decisions,” said Baty. 

"This will be the pinnacle of their rugby lives for a lot of players so buying into that culture is crucial."

Baty added that the key to success this season will be emphasising the importance and heritage of the England Students side to the players. 

Last year, England Students lost narrowly to France 30-27, but put in an improved performance against Ireland to win 57-30. 

England will do battle with both the aforementioned countries this year as they take on Ireland Universities on 2 April at Oxford University before hosting France at Bristol University five days later.