England Students squad named for matches with France Universities

Chester Duff has been impressive for Leeds Beckett this season
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England Students have named a 23-strong squad for their two games with France Universities this month, including seven BUCS Super Rugby finalists.

They kick-off their duo of matches on Friday April 14th in Chester, before they travel to Barbezieux-St Hilarie for the away fixture with France five days later.

Included in England’s 2019 selection are seven BUCS Super Rugby finalists which have been shared between Leeds Beckett and Hartpury.

Representing the Yorkshire institution will be Conrad Cade, Elliot Ward and star winger Chester Duff whilst Alex Gibson, the in-form Robbie Smith, Ben George and Jack Johnson will fly the flag for Hartpury.

Domestic championship the University of Exeter have Paul Schroter, Josh Pieterse and Jack Rouse all included whilst Northumbria University have four representatives.

Yaree Fantini, James Elliot, Josh Bragman and Newcastle Falcon George Wacokecoke have been named in the squad with Fitz Harding, Charlie Wilson and Paddy McDuell representing Durham University.

Will Partington and Jack Kenningham make up the University of Bath contingent whilst Cardiff Met have Harry Seward and Corey Lewis as representatives.

The squad also contains two non-BUCS Super Rugby players with Newcastle University’s Bailey Ransom (who has represented Falcons' A League teams this season) and Manchester Met’s Christian Taylor included.

The team will get together at Chester next Thursday following the BUCS Super Rugby final to begin preparations as England look to bounce back after two defeats against France last year.

England Students Squad

Josh Bragman (Northumbria University), Conrad Cade (Leeds Beckett University), Chester Duff (Leeds Beckett University), James Elliot (Northumbria University), Yaree Fantini (Northumbria University), Alex Gibson (Hartpury University), Ben George (Hartpury University), Fitz Harding (Durham University), Jack Johnson (Hartpury University), Jack Kenningham (University of Bath), Corey Lewis (Cardiff Met University), Paddy McDuell (Durham University), Will Partington (University of Bath), Josh Pieterse (University of Exeter), Bailey Ransom (Newcastle University), Jack Rouse (University of Exeter), Paul Schroter (University of Exeter), Harry Seward (Cardiff Met University), Robbie Smith (Hartpury University), Christian Taylor (Manchester Met University), George Wacokecoke (Northumbria University), Elliot Ward (Leeds Beckett University), Charlie Wilson (Durham University)