North Midlands Under-17s have reshuffled their side for the visit of Staffordshire to Stourbridge’s Stourton Park ground on Friday April 5 (7.45pm).
Centre Nick Street and scrum-half Elliott Das-Gupta come into the starting XV as changes to the back division that faced Cheshire in the Under-17s’ first match last month.
In the pack, props Jack Stokes and Kieran Garwood come into the side along with lock James Scott and blindside flanker Finley Barnes.
North Midlands Under-17s were launched this season with the aim of strengthening the affinity players have with county rugby as they progress through the age groups.
It will also help players make the transition from Under-16s to Under-18s county rugby and improve talent identification and continuity in selection and coaching.
North Midlands Under-17s: 15 Tom Crane (John Masefield School); Louis Fillatrault (Prince Henry’s, Evesham), 13 Will King (Shrewsbury College), 12 Nick Street (Wrekin College), 11 Freddy Elliott (Abraham Darby School); 10 Rhys Morris (Shrewsbury), 9 Elliott Das-Gupta (Ellesmere College); 1 Jack Stokes (Charlton School), 2 Jack Banford (Lacon Childe School), 3 Kieran Garwood (South Bromsgrove HS) , 4 Ewan Gwynn (Hereford Sixth Form College), 5 James Scott (Ellesmere College), 6 Finley Barnes (Shrewsbury College), 7 Ben Gifford (Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School), 8 Harry Williams (Birmingham Met College Sutton Campus – captain).
Replacements: Jon Anderson(King Edward VI, Camp Hill), Arthur Harris (Hereford Sixth Form College), Alex Bernat-Denny (Shrewsbury College), Ben Smith (Arden Academy), Alfie Thelwell (Ellesmere College), Casey Teague (Sutton College), Jac Jones (Ellesmere College).