Staffordshire Under 18 Group



STAFFORDSHIRE U18 Training and Fixtures Schedule 2017.

Thank you very much to all those who attended the summer training at Walton High School.

As the new season is almost upon us I wanted to update you on the training and fixtures planned for the County U18 squad for the rest of 2017. The plan is:








9 Oct

Squad Training

Stoke Rugby Club, Hartwell Lane, Barlaston, ST15 8TL


Whole Squad

18 Oct

Staffordshire v Leicestershire


Burton Rugby Club, Peel Croft, DE14 3RH


Whole Squad

23 Oct

Squad Training

Stoke Rugby Club, Hartwell Lane, Barlaston, ST15 8TL


Whole Squad

29 Oct

Super Sunday 1

Hinckley Rugby Club, Leicester Rd, Hinckley, LE10 3DR


Game Day Squad

13 Nov

Squad Training

Stoke Rugby Club, Hartwell Lane, Barlaston, ST15 8TL


Whole Squad

22 Nov

Staffordshire v Cheshire


Newcastle (STAFFS) Rugby Club, Lilleshall Rd, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 3BX


Whole Squad

27 Nov

Squad Training

Stoke Rugby Club, Hartwell Lane, Barlaston, ST15 8TL


Whole Squad

3 Dec

Super Sunday 2

Broadstreet Rugby Club, The Ivor Preece Centre, 105 Rugby Rd, Binley Woods, Coventry, CV3 2AY


Game Day Squad

17 Dec

Super Sunday 3

Broadstreet Rugby Club, The Ivor Preece Centre, 105 Rugby Rd, Binley Woods, Coventry, CV3 2AY


Game Day Squad


I will e mail you before each event with confirmed details and ask you to confirm your availability.

If you know there is a session you can’t make please let us know asp.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.








The links below take you to match reports on recent Tigers U17 games

Both games feature Staffordshire U16 players from this season and last in their line-up.

2015-16 season players – Jacob Fewtrell, Sam Wager, Will Poland, Jamie Harding and Ben Taylor

2016-17 Season players – Dylan Brownson, Joe Browning, Ethan Cole, Pete Vickers, Alex Maxwell.


Mike Bezus

Staffordshire U15/16s Team Manager

M 07831 848153 Email:



Video of game please CLICK on link below 

  1. Forwards:

George Green, Callum Stoakes, Kuba Kijak, Liam O’Toole, Josef Steele, Jacob Worsdale, Dominic Ward, Seb Machin, Kieran Henderson, George Perkins, Sam Bristow, Josh Annable,

Tom Griswell, Tom Taylor.

  1. Backs:

Ben Moore, Alex Finlow, Will Hennessy, Euan Haley, Ieuan Hudson, Nico Watkins, Myles Haughton, William Axon – TBC, Luke Brough, Jack Bowers, Sam Grimshaw, Alex Smith.

Spectators are most welcome.

Kind regards





Staffordshire U17/U18 squad held its second trial on Monday 20 March at Burntwood Rugby Club.  47 players assembled from across the County to show off their skills.  Once again they did not disappoint and the coaches had a lot of talent to choose from.  Those chosen will form the nucleus of the County squad for the 2017/18 season.  The squad is:


a.    Forwards George Green, Harry Brogan, Callum Stoakes, Kuba Kijak, Farhaan Aurangzeb, Kieran Reynolds, Josef Steele, Liam O’Toole, Ben Acton, Dominic Ward, Kieran Henderson, George Perkins, Sam Bristow, Callum Cooper, Josh Annabelle, Tom Griswell, Tom Taylor, Jacob Worsdale.


b.    Backs       Dan Thomas, Dylan Kennerell-Walters, Alex Finlow, Ben Guest, Ben Moore, William Hennessy, William Farr, Euan Hailey, Ieuan Hudson, Nico Watkins, Myles Haughton, Luke Trevis, Luke Brough, Jack Bowers, Alexander Smith.


The squad will now play a fixture against Leicestershire on Wednesday 29 March at Hinckley Rugby Club.


Those selected for the game day 25 will be sent an e mail within the next 24 hours. 


Kind regards



Team Manager





Trial 1 - Monday 13th March 

The County U17/U8 Squad held an open trial on Monday 13 March at Burntwood Rugby Club.  The coaches from all the clubs in the county were asked to send their very best players to the trial.  The clubs did not disappoint.  Those observed were talented, motivated, skilful and made the selectors role a very challenging one.  After 90 minutes on the pitch and a considerable amount of time in the lounge afterwards the coaches finally came to some decisions.  The coaches wish to thank all those who attended for their hard work, their commitment and for making their role so difficult.  Those invited to attend Trial 2 on Monday 20 March at Burntwood Rugby Club are:







Harry Barnes



Christian Calalang

Newcastle (STAFFS)


George Green



Thomas Griswell



Myles Haughton



Kieron Henderson

Sutton Coldfield


William Hennessey



Ieuan Hudson

Stoke On Trent


Callum Hulme

Newcastle (STAFFS)


Thomas Lacey



Rohan Mall



Sebastian Machin

Newcastle (STAFFS)


George Perkins



Thomas Taylor



Toby Thomsett



Callum Stoakes



Nico Watkins




All those listed will join last season,s squad at a further training session on Monday 20 March at Burntwood Rugby Club.  Please arrive at 6-30pm ready to train.
Can you confirm you will attend by e mail to by Friday 17 March 2017?
Kind regards
Team Manager


20 Mar 17

Trial 2

The Sportsway, Burntwood, WS7 3PH

6-30 – 9PM

Players selected from Trial 1

Last Season’s U17/U18 Squad

New Squad members from last Season’s U16 squad who will play U17s from Sep 17.

Please bring a photo and the attached document

29 Mar 17


Leicestershire Away

6 – 9-30pm

New U17 Squad


Any queries please get back to me by mail or call 07872390202

Kind regards

Nick Dermott


Trials are to be held for the 2017 squad. Players eligible will be

· In School terms current Y12 or current Y11

· In Club terms current U17 or current U16

The selected squad will stand for both U17 & U18 (Autumn 2017 Divisional Championship) without a further trial (Note - the squad size may be reduced)

There will be two trials:

· Trial 1 will be for players not currently playing in a Staffordshire Squad

· Trial 2 will be for players invited following Trial 1 plus eligible players from

current Staffordshire U18 and U16 squads

Note - Players eligible for Trial 2 from the current Staffordshire U18s and U16s squads will be invited directly via their current County Manager.

As this age bracket covers boys born over two years, competition for the 35 squad places will be significant. During previous seasons players have been selected for the U17/18 squad from both Trial 1 and Trial 2, therefore we believe the two-stage approach is correct. However, Coaches are asked to only nominate players for Trial 1 who:

· Play in Rugby matches of a good standard on a frequent basis

· Consistently perform as the best forward or back in matches of a good standard

· Have a strong understanding of the game and a good tactical awareness

· (In the case of Y11 / U16) have exceptional talent and an above average physicality for their age

In each of the last 5 seasons over 100 nominations were received for the 35 squad places available – leading to disappointment for many players. By nominating in line with the above criteria, coaches can avoid building up the hopes of players who face their toughest battle ever for County honours. Only send your very best players.

Owing to the numbers of players involved it is not practical to provide individual feedback for those who do not make it into the squad.

From our experiences in the last five seasons we must ask for further consideration to be made prior to nominating players:

  • The U17 programme will include a minimum of 2 training sessions and 2 games. The U18 programme will include a minimum of 4 training sessions and 3 games – We respect the importance of studies in Y11-13, however in previous seasons we have had players who have been selected for the squad and then withdrawn due to this. We therefore ask that players are given a chance to consider if they will be able to commit to the above programmes.

  • Our programme will be in line with the RFU YSS, and U18 games in particular may clash with school/college fixtures including those in midweek. The U18 games are divisional trials and represent a great opportunity for the players. However, if your school is not prepared to ‘release’ players, then please avoid potentially taking up squad places and do not nominate players.

· Trial 1 ~ Monday 16 Jan 2017 ~ 1900 until 2100 Burntwood RFC

· Trial 2 ~ Monday 27 Feb 2017 ~ 1900 until 2100 Burntwood RFC

Venue details, times etc. will be posted on The SRU Website.

Please note that a Photograph will be taken of each player to assist with identification. PLAYERS ARE ASKED TO BRING A PASSPORT PHOTO WITH THEIR NAME CLEARLY WRITTEN ON THE BACK OF THE PHOTO.

Only injuries or illness will be accepted as a reason for non-attendance.

When nominating players for Trial 1, use the template provided below:


Player email addresses and a phone number are requested so that contact can be established with all players attending trials – In the past trials have had to be postponed due to bad weather and there were difficulties in communication at short notice – an email address has been established for on-going communication.

If you require any clarification, please send an email using the above address.

Nick Dermott

U17s/18s Team Manager





 Staffs U18 48 v 33 NLD U18


Videos of the game can be seen via the following links:

1st half                 2nd half 


a. Forwards – Jacob Brown, Sam Chatfield, Ben Chatfield, Farhaan Aurangzeb, Will Turner, Josef Steele, Patrick Lavelle, Josh Bailey, Ben Acton, Jordan Talbot,

Sam Bradbury, Kieran Reynolds, Peter McMahon, Torin Spellman, Macauley Green.

b. Backs – Ben Guest, Dan Thomas, Jamie Dutton, Will Farr, Alex Smith, Josh Hart, Luke Trevis, Luke Brough, Jack Bowers, Ollie Greensill.






It’s only a short time since Ben White, Sam Lewis (both Stoke) & Levi Davis (Burton)were playing for Staffordshire and their respective Staffordshire clubs. Due to commitments with Leicester Tigers the route for them was suddenly away from the Midlands path way. To have three Staffordshire players was a fantastic and proud moment. Can I personally thank all of you involved with Staffordshire Rugby.









 Under 18 Group Contacts

Team Manager:Nick Dermott, 

07872 390202














Jeremy Edwards - 07768 817956

Tom Williams - 07961 768647

Simon Jones - 07718 706576


As the curtain has closed on a successful season for the County U18 Squad which has seen the squad draw 2, lose 1 and win an outstanding final fixture the players are looking forward to returning to club and school action.  All those who have represented Staffordshire this season will receive feedback from the Midlands Delivery Team within the next month.
The President of Staffordshire Rugby Union wishes to congratulate the following players on their selection for The Midlands Squad Development Day:
a. Josh Bailey Stoke on Trent RUFC
b. Jamie Dutton Burton RFC
c. Josh Hart Tamworth RUFC
d. Will Turner Stafford RUFC
A huge thank you to all the players, coaches and parents who have supported the U18 Squad this season.
The Trials for next season will be held on 16 January 2017 at Burntwood Rugby Club between 7 + 9pm.