North Midlands prop Joe Wrafter has been included in the England Counties squad for their three-match tour of Romania which gets underway next week.
Wrafter, of Birmingham Moseley, secured his place in the 29-man tour party after impressing for North Midlands during their recent Bill Beaumont County Championship campaign.
He is one of 21 newcomers in the squad made up of players from National One clubs and below.
The Counties will face CSM Bucharest in their opening match on June 1 followed by matches against Romania Under-23s on June 5 and Romania A on June 8.
The Counties will be hoping to continue where they left off last season having finished their tour of Spain unbeaten.
The players selected represent a range of clubs and counties from across the country. As well as their fixtures, England Counties will be undertaking outreach work in Bucharest to help grow the game in Romania.
“We’re incredibly excited about the opportunity to tour Romania,” said England Counties manager Matt Long, the former Moseley and Birmingham & Solihull prop.
“Representing your country is an unforgettable experience and for many of the players involved on the tour it will be the pinnacle of their rugby careers.
‘’Following up on a previous visit by England Counties in 2015, we are expecting a series of physical games which will test the new England Counties squad’’
England Counties is the flagship team of the community game in England and offers players from National League One and below the opportunity to represent their country.
England Counties squad
Forwards: Joseph Smart (Cinderford and Gloucestershire), Joe Wrafter (Birmingham Moseley and North Midlands), Karl Garside (Ampthill and Hertfordshire), Cameron Zeiss (Esher and Surrey), Cameron Leigh (Esher and Surrey), William Harding (Esher and Surrey), Daniel Maher (Sedgley Park and Lancashire), Robert Birtwell (Sedgley Park and Lancashire), Joseph Makin (Hull Ionians and Yorkshire), Edward Pascoe (Redruth and Cornwall), Andrew Hughes (Sale FC and Lancashire), Matthew Lane (Cinderford and Gloucestershire), Joseph Bercis (Ampthill and East Midlands), Phillip Mills (Rossendale and Lancashire), Oliver Hodgson (Darlington Mowden Park and Durham), Harry Hone (Cinderford and Gloucestershire).
Backs: Thomas Banks (Bishops Stortford and Hertfordshire), Jack Gash (Rosslyn Park and Surrey), Warren Seals (Darlington Mowden Park and Durham), Lawrence Rayner (Ampthill and East Midlands), Daniel Watt (Old Albanians and Hertfordshire), Thomas Wheatcroft (Hinckley and Leicestershire), Lewis Minikin (Hull Ionians and Yorkshire), Matthew Hema (Cambridge and Eastern Counties), Jamie Broadley (Sheffield Tigers and Yorkshire), Sam Baker (Ampthill and East Midlands), Jake Lloyd (Blackheath and Kent), Sean Taylor (Hertford and Hertfordshire), Grant Connon (Darlington Mowden Park and Durham).