England Students select training squad ahead of April internationals

England Students take on Ireland in Oxford on April 2nd before hosting France in Bristol on April 7th
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England Students have announced their 42-man training squad as they prepare for two internationals next month against Ireland Universities and French Students.

The players, selected from universities across the UK, will meet in Coventry this weekend for a training day allowing the coaching staff to select and finalise a squad for the April fixtures.

Loughborough University finished second in the inaugural BUCS Super Rugby Championship this season and the Midlands side have the most representatives in the 42-man party with nine players coming from Epinal Way.

Current BUCS champions Exeter have five players included while the newly crowned Super Rugby winners, Hartpury, have had four players selected in training squad.

The squad has been selected by Team Manager Paul Baty along with Head Coach Aaron James while the training day this Sunday will be run by assistant manager Andrew Kennedy.

With the BUCS Championship final scheduled at Twickenham on March 30th, just three days before the Ireland match in Oxford, England Students have selected a noticeably large training squad in order to be ready for any late changes in player availability.

Kennedy told the RFU website: “There are a couple of different considerations we have to make. A player could pick up an injury, so isn’t available at all. But also, whichever two universities are in the final, they could in theory have our starting front row playing in that game."

After the completion of the training day, the squad will reconvene on 29 March for the first international camp.

England Students beat Ireland 57-30 in Dublin last year, but they will be seeking revenge when they take on France in Bristol after a 30-27 loss 12 months ago.

England Students training squad 

Adam Brocklebank (Durham University)
Alexander Giltrow (UWE)
Alfie Barron (Hartpury)
Callum Watson (Loughborough)   
Charlie Dunbar (Bath)
Charlie Norman (Durham)
Connor Wilkinson (Manchester Met)
Conor Gracey (Loughborough)
Dan Preston-Routledge (Leeds Beckett)
Edward Landray (Exeter)
Edward Milne (Leicester)
George Davis (Loughborough)
George Wacokecoke (Northumbria)
Harrison Nutall (Loughborough)
Harry Cochrane (Hartpury)
Harry Glover (Newcastle)
Isaac Miller (Loughborough)
Jack Barnard (Leeds Beckett)
Jak Rossiter (St Mary's)
James McRae (Exeter)
James Michael Forrester (Hartpury)
James Murdoch (Nottingham)
Jo Snow (Exeter)
Josh Poullet (Nottingham Trent)  
Luke Northmore (Cardiff Met)
Luke Stratford (Hartpury)
Mark Dixon (Loughborough)
Mathew Macpherson (Loughborough)
Matt Elliet (Exeter)
Mike Flook (Hartpury)
Oliver Robinson (Northumbria)      
Rory Mason (Leeds Beckett)
Ryan Roach (Cardiff Met)
Samuel Pointon (Loughborough)
Simon Linsell (Exeter)
Simon Uzokwe  (Sunderland)
Thomas Mcclean (Durham)
Tim Cardall (Nottingham Trent)
Tom Holdsworth (Exeter)
Tom Stileman (Oxford)
Will Britton (Bath)
William Kaye (Loughborough)