Under 20 Rugby within the North Midlands
When the RFU decided that the Age Groups of International Youth Rugby would change from Under 21 and Under 19 to Under 20 and Under 18 the Under 20 Development Committee was founded. It was the Under 19 Committee of that day moving forward to control the Under 20 Development.
The County Championship for the Under 20’s continued in the same vain of that for the previous Under 19’s with all Constituent Bodies playing in a league system to provide Divisional entrants for the knockout stages with the final at Twickenham. North Midlands U19’s won the Championship in 2000 and were losing finalists in the following year as Under 20’s. The current Under 20’s County Championship is a 2 tiered system with the North Midlands electing each year to be in the upper tier, the Championship. Both competitions follow the area league basis for produce Quarter finalists or Semi-finalists in the Knock-out stage.
During the Championship program players are viewed by Divisional selectors tasked with producing a Midland Counties Under 20 Squad. In the past this team has played matches against several of the Irish Academy sides both home and away, as well as the USA Under 20 team as part of their preparations for the Under 20 World Cup of that year.
The Under 20 Development Committee of the North Midlands RFU along with other Midlands Divisional Constituent Bodies have long pursued the dream of an England Counties Under 20 side. This was achieved a couple of years ago however to date the nearest a North Midlands player has achieved is Non-travelling reserve, something we wish to change. Since then Adam Brankley and Jack Harrison have represented England Counties during their tour to Russia (2016)
How do you get into the North Midlands U20’s Squad?
There are several ways:-
- At the end of each season the Domestic Unions, Greater Birmingham, Shropshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire play each other in an Under 19 Competition called the Houghton-Harris Shield, this highlights players.
- A player is recommended by his Club as being suitable.
- A trawl of Universities in the area will highlight players.
- Or by contacting one of the officials of the Committee.
Obviously there will be several Development and Assessment days before the Squad is selected. That squad will play in “warm-up” games against other close Counties before the final match squad is selected.
|Honorary President||Mike Evans|
|Chairman||Gordon Wood||01952-419966 or 07986-868958|
|Team Manager||John Griffiths||01902-343420 or 07736-244638|
|Head Coach 2017-18||Richard Protherough||07981-673840|
|Assistant Team Manager||Clare Foster||07717-795307|
|Backs Coach||Martyn Longhurst||07888-851426|
|Forwards Coach||Brett Prior||07704-452814|
|General Members||Don Waterson|
|Scott Beamond||Harlequins, Leicester|
|Shaun Perry||England, Bristol, Worcester Warriors|
|James Rodwell||England 7’s, Moseley|
|Jake Abbott||England 7’s, Worcester Warriors|
|Peter Short||England U21, Moseley, Bath, Exeter|
|Alistair Hall||Scotland U21, Edinburgh|