England Counties U18 vs Ireland Clubs and Schools 4th April 2018 England 15 Ireland 13


Three Hampshire U18s played in this exciting match yesterday at the United Services ground in Portsmouth yesterday. Having been beaten by Ireland for the last two seasons, the England squad were very keen to reverse that trend in the first to two matches.
Our three U18s all played well in exceptionally challenging conditions of heavy rain snd strong winds. 
Ireland set the pace in a difficult first half England initially struggled to get into their half  but an early try run from the centre by England 13  Zach Clow  lifted their spirits and determination.

Ireland replied with a great try from their number 15 in the corner and another try from the England 3 after a great push meant a very physical and hard fought battle began.


A converted penalty to Ireland and a held up try for England increased the pressure until Clow grounded a loose ball for the winning try.


England Counties showed real determination in the second half with all players contributing to a superb win. Coming together only recently after a season of selection matches from October across the Country and this only their second match demonstrated their commitment and the high quality of the coaching they are receiving as part of the England Counties set up.



squad photo



United Services and the Navy have given tremendous support to this weeks camp over Easter giving these players a unique experience of life in a navy base near to Gunwharf and other attractions. Supported by the local MP Stephen Morgan and the Mayor of Portsmouth Ken Ellcome... there was also a tremendous turn out of local clubs, friends, relatives and schools to cheer on our Hampshire players.


Both teams are working together to coach younger aspiring rugby players today before they prepare for their second match on Saturday at the US ground –


KO 12 noon - please come and support the England Counties team and our Hampshire players again. It will undoubtedly be a hard fought game.


Please follow this link for the official RFU match report... http://www.englandrugby.com/news/england-counties-u18s-edge-out-ireland/



Hampshire lads

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