England Counties XV

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Union Rugby Football Union
Emblem(s) Red Rose
Coach(es) Mark Luffman (Forwards coach)
Captain(s) Keith Laughlin (Blaydon)

England Counties XV is a representative rugby union team, formed in 2002, that is open to English players who play in the County Championship and the third tier (and below) of the English rugby union system[1] Players from the Premiership and RFU Championship are ineligible.[2][3]

2017 matches[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Reference
1 24 February Scotland Club XV Billesley Common, Birmingham W 45-28 [4]
2 17 March Ireland Club International Temple Hill, Ballintemple, Cork [5]

2016 matches[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Reference
1 26 February Scotland Club XV Netherdale, Galashiels L 27 – 57 [6]
2 11 March France Federale XV Rectory Field, Blackheath W 32 – 3 [7]
3 3 June BC Bears Klahanie Park, West Vancouver W 41 – 0 [8][9]
4 7 June Prairie Wolf Pack Rugby Park, Calgary W 67 – 10 [8][10]
5 11 June Ontario Blues Fletcher's Fields, Toronto W 73 – 0 [8][11]

2015 matches[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Reference
1 27 February Scotland Club XV Woodlands Memorial Ground, Lytham St Annes W 37 – 3 [12]
2 20 March France Federale XV Stade Francis-Rongiéras, Périgueux W 24 – 15 [13]
3 5 June CSM București Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest W 28 – 16 [14]
4 9 June Romania A Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest W 28 – 20 [15]

The England Counties squad for the tour of Romania was:[16]

Forwards: Matthew Beesley (Wharefdale & Cheshire), David Laverick (Hull Ionians & Yorkshire), Stephen Johnson (Hull Ionians & Yorkshire), Craig Williams (Redruth & Cornwall), Andrew Berry (Old Albanians & Hertfordshire), Brett McNamee (Old Albanians & Hertfordshire), Samuel Wilkes (Cinderford & Gloucestershire), Ben Hilton (Launceston & Cornwall), Christopher Wearmouth (Blaydon& Durham), George Oram (Blackheath & Kent), Keith Laughlin (Blaydon & Northumberland), Gavin Jones (Blaydon & Yorkshire), Evan Stewart (Fylde & Lancashire), Harry Bate (Blaydon & Northumberland), Nyle Davidson (Caldy & Cheshire).

Backs: William Crow (Dorking & Surrey), Matthew Shepherd (Launceston & Cornwall), Alexander Gallagher (Blackheath & Kent), Sebastian Rodwell (London Irish Wild Geese & Gloucestershire), James Spiers (Old Albanians & Hertfordshire), Samuel Winter (Bishop Stortford & Hertfordshire), Leo Fielding (Cinderford & Gloucestershire), Albert Portsmouth (Cambridge & Eastern Counties), Nevaro Codlin (Coney Hill & Gloucestershire), Jordan Dorrington (Fylde & Lancashire), Henry Robinson (Darlington Mowden Park & Hertfordshire), Michael Wilcox (Cinderford & Gloucestershire).

2014 matches[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Reference
1 31 January France Federale XV Nevers L 15 – 16 [17]
2 21 February Ireland Club XV Northern Echo Arena, Darlington L 22 – 23 [18]
3 4 June Emerging Georgia Tbilisi W 48 – 23 [19]
4 8 June Emerging Georgia Rustavi Stadium, Tblisi W 15 – 14 [20]

2013 matches[edit]

The England Counties squad for the Belgium tour in June 2013 was:

Forwards: Harry Broadbent (Caldy & Cheshire) Royce Cadman (Hull Ionians & Yorkshire) Mark George* (Stourbridge & Gloucestershire) Matt Hall* (Blaydon & Northumberland) Michael Hill (Birmingham Bees and North Midlands) Ben Hilton* (Launceston & Cornwall) Steve Hipwell (Cambridge & Eastern Counties) Darren Jacques* (Redruth & Cornwall) Robbie Kalbraier* (Blaydon & Northumberland) Adam Kettle (Doncaster & Cheshire) James Lindfield (Blackheath & Kent) Brett McNamee (Old Albanian & Hertfordshire) Tom Stradwick* (Blackheath & Kent) Chris Wearmouth*(Blaydon & Durham)

Backs: Drew Cheshire (Luctonians & North Midlands) Nevaro Codlin (Cinderford & Gloucestershire) Chris Hallam (Doncaster & Yorkshire) Chris Harris (Tynedale & Northumberland) Matt Heeks* (Rosslyn Park & Eastern Counties) Chris Johnson* (Fylde & Lancashire) Rhys Owen (Loughborough & North Midlands) Heath Stevens (Plymouth & East Midlands) Sean Taylor (Preston & Lancashire) Ollie Thomas* (Moseley & North Midlands) Nielson Webber (Launceston & Cornwall) Jim Wigglesworth* (Cambridge & Yorkshire) *Capped by the England Counties[21][22]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Reference
1 8 February Ireland Club XV Temple Hill, Cork L 20 – 30 [23][24]
2 22 February France Federale Trailfinders Sports Ground, Ealing W 27 – 7 [25]
3 12 June Belgium President's Select Kituro Rugby Club, Brussels W 78 – 0 [26]
4 16 June Belgium Stade Leburton, Tubize W 57 – 5 [27]

The England Counties squad for the February matches was: Forwards Dave Allen (Blackheath); Tom Fidler (Cambridge); Mark George (Stourbridge); Matt Hall (Blaydon); James Inglis (Esher); Billy Johnson (Old Albanian); Robbie Kalbraier (Blaydon); Alex Loney (Fylde); Sam Shires (Ealing Trailfinders); Ollie Stedman (Tynedale); Will Warden (Richmond); Ben West (Cinderford). Backs Jack Adams (Cinderford); Lewis Barker (Coventry); Scott Barrow (Fylde); Nev Edwards (Rosslyn Park); Chris Elder (Esher); Matt Heeks (Rosslyn Park); Peter Hodgkinson (Ealing Trailfinders); Will Hurrell (Stourbridge); Ollie Marchon (Old Albanian); Rory Teague (Blackheath).[28]

2012 Tour of East Africa[edit]

The team toured East Africa in early June 2012.[29] While there they played a match against the East Africa rugby union team[30] which, though established in 1950 and having previously faced the British Lions (twice), the Springboks, Wales and the Barbarians, was playing its first fixture in almost exactly 30 years The tour was designed to aid this region re-ignite its rugby heritage.

2012 Matches
Date Opponent Location Result Score Reference
1 16 March Ulster Bank International Team Lightfoot Green, Preston Won 34 – 16 [31]
2 5 June Ugandan Barbarians Kampala Won 66 – 13 [32]
3 9 June Elgon Warriors Kampala Won 39 – 5 [33]
4 16 June Elgon Warriors Nairobi Won 34 – 14 [34]

The England Counties squad was: Forwards Rob Baldwin (Wharfedale & Yorkshire) Joe Bonner*^ (Blackheath & Kent) Richard Boyle^ (Newcastle Falcons & Northumberland) James Cleverly (Blackheath & Kent) David Dickinson* (Tynedale & Northumberland) Billy Johnson (Unattached & Hertfordshire) James Lindfield (Westcombe Park & Kent) Dave Marwick (Stockport & Cheshire) Louis McGowan*^ (Sedgley Park & Lancashire) Ben Pons (Moseley & North Mids) Gareth Rawlings (Fylde & Lancashire) Jared Saunders (Saracens & Hertfordshire) Craig Voisey^ (Moseley & North Mids) Sam Wilkes* (Cinderford & Gloucestershire) Backs Chris Briers*^ (Fylde & Lancashire) Will Burton (Luctonians & North Mids) Phil Chesters* (Ealing & Devon) Steve Hamilton^ (Unattached & Yorkshire) Peter Hodgkinson*^ (Ealing & Cheshire) Toby Howley-Berridge (Unattached & Eastern Counties) Stefan Liebenberg* (Bedford & Hertfordshire) Harry Peck*^ (Tynedale & Northumberland) Jack Smales^ (Nevers & Northumberland) Rory Teague (Cinderford & Gloucestershire) Tom Wheatcroft* (Ealing & Warwickshire) Jim Wigglesworth (Hull & Yorkshire) Players on standby Rob Schillachi^ (Hertford & Hertfordshire); Jamie Salter (Launceston & Cornwall); Chris Wearmouth* (Blaydon & Durham); Gavin Jones (Blaydon & Yorkshire); Philip Woodhead* (Wharfedale & Yorkshire); Tyson Lewis (Plymouth & Devon)

  • Key * Represented England Counties in Spring Internationals ^ Represented England Counties on previous Tour

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2011 Tour of Spain[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 5 June Madrid XV Madrid Won 53 – 24
Match 2 8 June Castilla Leon Union XV Salamanca Won 104 – 10[36]
Match 3 11 June Spain Valladolid Won 55 – 6[37]

The England Counties squad was: Forwards: Rob Baldwin (Wharfedale & Yorkshire), Richard Boyle (Tynedale & Northumberland), Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Ben Hilton (Launceston & Cornwall), Martin Kent (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Aaron Myers (Westoe & Durham), Steve Pape (Rosslyn Park & Somerset), Jack Preece (Birmingham Solihull & Gloucestershire), Rob Schillaci (Hertford & Hertfordshire), Ben Sparks (Stourbridge & Gloucestershire), Tom Stradwick (Henley & Kent), Tommy Taylor (Sale Jets & Cheshire), Craig Voisey (Moseley & North Midlands), Gavin Woods ( Caldy & Cheshire). Backs: Ollie Brennand (Fylde & Lancashire), Gareth Collins (Leicester Lions & Warwickshire) (Captain), Steve Hamilton (Rotherham & Kent), Peter Hodgkinson (Ealing & Cheshire), Tom Hughes (Preston Grasshoppers & Lancashire), Cameron Mitchell (Plymouth Albion & North Midlands), Charlie Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Fergus Mulchrone (unattached & Cheshire), Harry Peck (Tynedale & Northumberland), Aaron Penberthy (Redruth & Cornwall), Ollie Thomas (Moseley & North Midlands), Curtis Wilson (Leeds & Yorkshire).[38]

England Counties have met the Spanish national side once previously. Both took part in a FIRA Festival in southwestern France in 2007, when the Counties were 21–15 winners in Morlaàs.

2010 Tour of Canada[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 4 June The Rock Swilers RFC, St John's, Newfoundland Won 20 – 6
Match 2 8 June Ontario Blues Crusader Park, Oakville, Toronto Won 32 – 26
Match 3 16 June British Columbia Bears Klahanie Park, West Vancouver Won 46 – 7

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2009 Tour of Korea and Japan[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 5 June Korea President's XV Seongnam Stadium, Seoul Won 108 – 10[39]
Match 2 8 June East Japan Edogawa Stadium, Tokyo Won 67 – 31[40]
Match 3 12 June Yamaha Jubilo Yamaha Resort, Tsumagoi Won 36 - 20[41]

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2007 Tour of Russia[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 7 June Rugby team of Krasnoyarsk Central Stadium Won 27 – 19
Match 2 12 June VVA-Podmoskovie Monino Stadium Won 15 – 35
Match 3 16 June Russia Slava Stadium, Moscow Won 23 – 21

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The England Counties squad was Forwards: Neil Spence (Yorkshire & Bradford & Bingley), Chris Rainbow (Hertfordshire & Newbury), Mike Blakeburn (Surrey & Esher), Chris Morgan ( Somerset & Newbury), Gregor Hayter ( Oxfordshire & Newbury), James Winterbottom (Middlesex & Henley), David Campton (Warwickshire & Coventry), Alex Davidson (North Midlands & Pertemps Bees), James Tideswell (North Midlands & Stourbridge), Carl Rimmer (Warwickshire & Coventry), Tim Mathias (Devon & Plymouth Albion), Liam Wordley (Staffordshire & Henley), Glenn Cooper (Somerset & Newbury), Duncan Cormack (Surrey & Esher) captain. Backs: Oliver Viney (Lancashire & Preston Grasshoppers), Frankie Neale (Kent & Blackheath), Tom Jarvis (Gloucestershire & Lydney), Hamish Smales (Northumberland & Tynedale), Chris Malherbe (Yorkshire & Wharfedale), Aaran Cruickshank (Devon & Plymouth Albion), Mark Bedworth (Yorkshire & Wharfedale), Scott Rawlings (Staffordshire & Manchester), Mark Woodrow (Gloucestershire & Doncaster), Matthew Leek (Surrey & Esher), Paul Knight (Gloucestershire & Moseley), Chris Pilgrim (Cheshire & Loughborough University).

England Counties under-20[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 6 May 2011 Scotland under-20 West Park, Leeds Lost 15 – 18[2]
Match 2 4 May 2012 Scotland under-20 University Park, St Andrews University Lost 16 – 33 Report
Match 3 15 May 2013 Georgia under-20 Select XV Shevardeni High Performance Centre, Tbilisi Won 16 – 14 Report
Match 4 18 May 2013 Georgia under-20 Shevardeni High Performance Centre, Tbilisi Won 25 – 13[44]
Match 5 24 May 2014 Georgia under-20 Volac Park, Cambridge Lost 22 – 23[45]
Match 6 12 June 2015 Hungarian Barbarians RCH Stadium, Esztergom Won 94 – 24[46]
Match 7 14 June 2015 Hungary under-20 [47]
Match 8 5 June 2016 Russia under-20 Slavia Stadium, Moscow Won 19 – 14[48]
Match 9 8 June 2016 Russia under-20 Slavia Stadium, Moscow Lost 29 – 32[49][50][51]

England Counties under-18[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
15 April 2017 Ireland under-18 Clubs & Schools Ashbourne RFC, County Meath
12 April 2017 Ireland under-18 Clubs & Schools A
30 March 2016 France under-18 Poles Espoirs Ashbourne RFC, County Meath L
2 April 2016 Ireland under-18 Clubs Ashbourne RFC, County Meath L

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