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Please welcome this season's U18 Berkshire rugby squad - Sponsored by The Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading.

Over the last month this squad have represented Berkshire in 3 divisional play off games. The first was a warm up game against Dorest and Wiltshire, played at Maidenhead RFC. As warm up games go it couldn'thave gone any better. The lads won the game in style, scoring 6 tries and only conceding one in return.

In the first divisional game Berkshire took on Gloucestershire. The game started at great pace, both teams carrying hard and defending well. Berkshire's strong pack then started to make a difference and the trys started to flow. To give Gloucestershire their due, the never gave up, they kept coming and their hard work was rewarded at the end of the game with 3 late tries. The final score was Berkshire 55 (11 tries) - Gloucestershire 15 (3 tries).

In the final match Berkshire was drawn against the much fancied Buckinghamshire side who had dominated Somerset the previous week. The Berkshire boys in the lead up to this game had trained hard and reviewed the footage from the previous week.

We knew this game was going to be tough but the boys came out of the blocks like men possessed. Both teams started hard, with lots of dominant tackles, but after around 5 minutes Berkshire was in the ascendency and went over the white wash to score the first try. Only minutes later Berkshire were on the attack again scoring an amazing try from a cross field kick that any premiership side would have been proud of.

The Berkshire boys maintained the pressure, taking their chances in attack and defending superbly and I am pleased to report that the final score was Berkshire 30 (6 tries) - Buckinghamshire 0.

So, in summary, Berkshire scored a total of 23 tries and conceded only 4.....not bad, not bad at all!

The reports back from South West England selectors was very positive about all our players and I am extremely pleased to announce that 10 of these boys have been asked to go forward to join the South West England training squad. This squad will be the best 35 boys selected from the 8 counties in the South West region. 

UPDATE:

Please find all 38 players that have been selected for final trial at Hartpury College on 21/1/2018. I have now written to all the boys so this information can be put in to the public domain.
 

Name

CB

Club

School

BRANCH

BERK

Newbury

Sparsholt College

BRASHAW

BERK

Reading Abbey

Reading Blue Coat

BURBAGE

BERK

Redingensians

Emmbrook School

COLLINS

BERK

Maidenhead

Henley College

FRISBY 

BERK

Maidenhead

Shiplake Collage

HAYMAN

BERK

Newbury

Park House

MULL

BERK

Maidenhead 

Claire's Court

MUNGA

BERK

Reading Abbey

Leighton Park

PETERS

BERK

Maidenhead

Hartpury College

SCOTT

BERK

Maidenhead 

The Henley College

EMSLEY

BUCK

Marlow 

Sir William Borlaise's  GS

GALE

BUCK

Marlow 

Henley College 

GILL

BUCK

Amersham & Chiltern

Dr Challoners GS

MADDERN

BUCK

Marlow 

Sir William Borlaise's GS

SADIQ

BUCK

Marlow 

Henley College 

SWERLING

BUCK

Amersham & Chiltern

Amersham School 

WHYTE

BUCK

Amersham & Chiltern

Chalfonts Comm College

AUSTIN

CORN

Falmouth

Truro School

MARES

CORN

Newquay

Newquay Tretherras

NOTTAL

CORN

St Austell

NK

SIMMONDS

CORN

Newquay

Truro College

COLTON

D&W

Bournemouth RFC 

Bournemouth School

MORIS

D&W

Sherborne RFC 

Sherborne School

PULLINGER

DEV

Devonport Services 

 

JACKSON

GLOS

Thornbury

 

LIGHTFOOT

GLOS

Minchampton

 

BISCHOFF

OXON

N/A

Magdalen College Sch.

DAVIES

OXON

Chinnor RFC 

Princes Risborough Sch.

GORDON

OXON

Banbury RFC

Banbury School 

HOLFORD

OXON

Witney RFC 

Cokethorpe School 

ISHERWOOD

OXON

N/A 

Abingdon

KING 

OXON

N/A 

St Edwards School

MACKIE

OXON

Witney RFC 

Wood Green School

ROWBOTTOM

OXON

Chipping Norton RFC

Chipping Norton School

WILKINSON

OXON

Chinnor RFC 

Waddeson School 

HALL

SOM

Walcot

Hartpury 

WESTOFF

SOM

Taunton 

Bridgewater College 

WORT

SOM

Bath

King Edwards School 

 
Regards
Shane Aldridge
England Counties                   
U18s Team Manager
South West Division

Simon Atkins

Berkshire U18s Manager

 

 

Updated 7th January 2018

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