RUGBY UNION: N Midlands Warm Up for Another Title Charge
North Midlands, beaten finalists in last season's Tetley's National Under-20 Championship, will begin their preparations for another attempt to reach Twickenham with a friendly against Cheshire at Whitchurch tomorrow (2pm).
Survivors from last season's successful squad include Moseley flanker Steve Halbert and full-back Andy Lennon, a United States Under-19 international, as well as Luctonians hooker Chris Condliffe, who has already captained the North Midlands Under-19s side this season.
North Midlands were beaten by Cheshire at Old Griffinians in the corresponding fixture 12 months ago and although tomorrow's game is, technically, an away match it will be played at Whitchurch, the North Midlands club closest to the Cheshire border, to reduce travelling for both teams.
NORTH MIDLANDS UNDER-20s SQUAD: A Lennon (Moseley), J Ryder (Birmingham University), A Ward (Moseley), S King (Birmingham University), C Campbell (Telford Hornets), S Halbert, D Pons (both Moseley), A Blackmore, B Smith, B RowlandJones (all Birmingham University), K Nolan (Moseley), K Ward (unattached), D Grant (Old Halesonians), J Rodwell (Birmingham University), F Nock (Camp Hill), J Taylor (Newport), J Hine (Moseley), M Shaw (Birmingham University), M Taylor (Bedford), S Carrington (Birmingham University), B Cowen (Dudley Kingswinford), C Starling, S Mahoney, JR Malamah-Thomas (all Birmingham University), C Condliffe (Luctonians), I Metcalfe (Waterloo), J Baker (Bromsgrove), P Booth (Dudley Kingswfinford), A Bristow (Newport), A Williams (Birmingham University). …