North Midlands pair Dave Brazier and Nile Dacres have been included in the England Counties squad for the club international against Scotland Clubs at Birmingham Moseley’s Billesley Common ground on February 24 (7.45pm).
Scrum-half Brazier is in line to make his Counties debut on his home ground alongside Dacres, a former Stourbridge lock or back-row forward, who now plays his rugby for National One side Plymouth Albion.
There are three more Moseley players in the Counties’ squad in back-row forward Chris Brightwell, an England Sevens international, George Oram, a lock or back-row, who plays his county rugby for Kent and flanker Jack Preece, a Gloucestershire county player.
Next Friday’s is the first in the England Counties season with a match against Ireland Club XV on March 17 in Cork followed by a three-match tour in June.
The Counties will be looking to avenge last year’s 57-27 defeat to Scotland at Gala with nine of the squad returning for this year’s clash. Blaydon and Northumberland’s Keith Laughlin will once again captain the team.
Last season the side went on to beat France Federale as well as complete a clean sweep of wins in Canada and team manager Matt Long, the former Moseley and Birmingham & Solihull prop, is looking to the players to set an example in the build-up to the match.
‘Last year we had a pretty new squad and Scotland played very well but we’re confident in our players and I expect there to be a big response,” said Long.
“We have a mix of debutants and experienced players and as a team a lot of responsibility is on those guys who have pulled on the white shirt before to instil the right culture.
“For a lot of players, representing England Counties will be the pinnacle of their career so they always play with a lot of pride and as a management team we try and create the best environment possible for them.”