England Youth- France blog

Bonjour, We are hoping to update parents via this website on some of the activities the players are undertaking during this tour.  Please open the photo galleries below to view some of the photographs taken so far.

Day 1

After a very early start and a great flight, we all arrived safe and well at the hotel.  The boys were tired after all the travel but credit to them, got stuck into the light training and recovery session.  Although, some of them were not too keen on doing their pool rehab!  It may be 24 degrees but the pool is FREEZING!  

Day 4

After a two hard double training session days the boys were given a day off in Avignon. It's a beautiful medieval town and they enjoyed a bit of downtown, with some buying gifts for those back home. Pandora's profits must have risen, as lots of boys were carrying their little gift bags when they got back to the coach!  See photos of the boys in the town and in front of the famous half bridge - Pont d'Avignon.

The squad was selected for the first game so a number of the boys were quite nervous when they got back from Avignon and during dinner.  Obviously nearly half the boys were disapointed and the other half honored and proud to represent their country. The boys have got really close and they will support and help each other during this time.  We do have another 2 games so everyone, will get to represent their country (injuries allowing) during this tour.  

See above for the below squad list.

Day 6

See below for the match report

Day 7 

After a day of rehab for the players who played in the first test, and more training for the non playing players, the boys had some downtime at the local bowling alley.  A wide range of scores ensued and some strange bowling techniques were on show.  One being a modified version of a rugby pass that was actually quite effective.

The shirt presentation for the second game was made after dinner.  See below for the full squad.

Day 9

Match Day - see below for the press release

Day 10

Match Day - the boys were really looking forward to the game and were well prepared. After an arduous 3 hour journey they were keen to stretch their legs and get ready for the game. An extremely tough match ensured and after a number of injuries to signifcant positions, England went down to France 22 - 16.  The boys should be proud of themselves to offer up such great defence in adversity. Congratualtions to Lewis Heckford on his man of the match trophy.

 Day 11

I'm sure all of the players have really missed their family and friends and were looking forward to coming home after a succesful tour.  On behalf of all the staff, a big thank you goes to all the players for being so well behaved, respectful and courteous whilst in camp and being a joy to work with.  It amazes me every time to see how dedicated you are to represent your country and support your fellow team mates. To parents - your sons are a credit to you and I'm sure they have made you deservedly proud.  We are certainly proud of them. Thank you.


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Game 3 - Toulon 22 April

See below the updated squad for game 3


1.            LEWIS HECKFORD                     WIGAN WARRIORS

2.            OLIVER ASHALL-BOTT            WIDNES VIKINGS

3.            LIAM PAISLEY                            WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS

4.            RYAN JONES                               LEEDS RHINOS

5.            WILL DAGGER                              WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS

6.            ROB FAIRCLOUGH                       ST HELENS

7.            MORGAN SMITH                           LEEDS RHINOS

8.            MATTHEW ENGLISH                     HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

9.            JOSH GANSON                              ST HELENS

10.          CONNOR SUNDERLAND               LEEDS RHINOS

11.          JACK WELLS                                    WIGAN WARRIORS

12.          JORDAN LANE                                HULL FC

13.          BRAD WALKER                                CUMBRIA RPDC

14.          DANNY WALKER                             WIDNES VIKINGS

15.          MAX DUDLEY                                  WIGAN WARRIORS

16.          CHARLIE WEAVER                         HULL FC

17.          LIAM WALSH                                   WIDNES


Game 2 Stade Joseph Marie Antoine, Apt

England make it two from two in France

President’s XIII 10, England Youth 14


England Youth made it two wins from two on their tour to France when they beat a President’s XIII at the Stade Joseph Marie Antoine in Apt yesterday afternoon.

Sandwiched between England’s two Test matches against France Youth, yesterday’s international friendly gave coach Stu Barrow chance to rotate his touring squad and give some much-needed rest to those who participated in England’s first Test victory on Good Friday.

Much like the first Test, England were subjected to a tough contest against their hosts, who held a lead in the match until Liam Walsh scored England’s second try of the match – following Jonathon Cameron’s first half score – three minutes into the second period.

Brad Walker’s conversion stretched England’s lead to four points, which, seven minutes later, was turned into an eight point advantage as Brad Clavering went over before missing his own conversion attempt.

After 64 minutes the President’s XIII did manage to add to the try that Quentin Bonjean scored early on, despite some excellent defence by the visitors on their own goal line, when William Planella went over.

However, the missed conversion and more solid play by England ensured they saw out the match and head into tonight’s second Test against France Youth at Complexe Léo Lagrange, Toulon (7.00pm), looking for three wins from three.

The England Youth team v President’s XIII was as follows (professional and community club shown in brackets):

Oliver Ashall-Bott (Widnes Vikings, Moorfield ARLFC)

Jake Woods (North East RPDC, Cramlington Rockets)

Jonathan Cameron (Cumbria RPDC, Seaton Rangers)

Dan Norman (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion)

Jack Fox (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion)

Izaac Farrell (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)

Craig Mullen © (Wigan Warriors, Blackbrook Royals)

Charlie Weaver (Hull FC, Skirlaugh Bulls)

George Moore (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion)

Rory Dixon (Leeds Rhinos, Normanton Knights)

Brad Clavering (Hull FC, Skirlaugh Bulls)

Liam Walsh (Widnes Vikings, Halton & Farnworth Hornets)

Brad Walker (Cumbria RPDC, Askham)


Jack Gordon (Cumbria RPDC, Dalton)

Lewis Bienek (London Broncos, Charlton Gunners)

Conor Fitzsimmons (Cumbria RPDC, Seaton Rangers)

Sam Brady (Wigan Warriors, Widnes Moorfield)

Man of the Match (as chosen by the opposition): Dan Norman

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Game 2 - Stade Joseph Marie Antoine - Apt - 21 April

See below the squad selected for game 2:

1,  Oliver Ashall-Bott

2, Jake Woods

3, Jonathan Cameron

4, Dan Norman

5, Jack Fox

6, Izaac Farrel

7, Craig Mullen (C)

8, Charlie Weaver

9, George Moore

10, Rory Dixon

11, Brad Clavering

12, Liam Walsh

14, Jack Gordon

15, Lewis Bienek

16, Conor Fitzsimmons

17, Sam Brady

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Game 1 - Stade Georges Mauro - England win 14 - 21

Wow, what a day, fantastic result and great to see so many parents there shouting for England! Congratulations to Cameron Smith - England Man of the Match, chosen by the French coaching team. See below for the official match report:

England Youth show true grit to pass French Test

France Youth 14 England Youth 21

England Youth dug deep to take first blood with victory in the opening match of the two-Test series against their French counterparts in Entraigues sur Sorgue last night (Friday).

The tourists twice came from behind to get the better of France with a strong second half display that featured a try, two goals and a drop-goal by Morgan Smith, the Leeds Rhinos and Stanley Rangers scrum-half who proved a danger throughout.

France took an early lead with a try by full-back Luc Franco, converted by Sophien Bitigzi before England responded with a try from Warrington Wolves and Latchford Albion winger Jack Fox.

Smith could not add the goal and was again off target after Will Dagger, the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Stanley Rangers wing, had edged his team ahead with a try on 31 minutes.

A try by Bitigzi four minutes later took France to the break with a 10-8 advantage to set up a pulsating second half played in perfect conditions.

The second quarter belonged to England who, roared on by some vocal support from their travelling parents, gained the ascendency with two more tries, the first by Max Dudley of Wigan Warriors and Wigan Judes who was quickly followed over by Smith, who added both conversion.

France hit back with a try by winger Corentin Adel but a drop-goal from Smith nine minutes from the end completed the scoring and sealed a fine win for coach Stu Barrow’s team.

“I am delighted, not just by the result but by the performance: the boys can feel proud of their efforts tonight,” said Barrow.

“We knew it was going to be tough and very physical and the French held nothing back but we stood up well defensively and showed some great resilience to get the result.

“There are still some areas in which we need to improve but I can’t fault the players for their attitude and application.”

Barrow has a 35-man squad at his disposal and is expected to ring the changes for the next match of England Youth’s three-match tour against a French President’s XIII on Monday (4.00pm) before naming his team for the second Test against France Youth in Toulon on Tuesday (7.00pm).

The England Youth team v France Youth was as follows (community club and professional club shown in brackets):

Lewis Heckford (Stanley Rangers, Wigan Warriors)

Jack Fox (Latchford Albion, Warrington Wolves)

Liam Paisley (Dalton, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)

Ryan Jones (Oulton Raiders, Leeds Rhinos)

Will Dagger (Castleford Panthers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)

Craig Mullen (Blackbrook, Wigan Warriors)

Morgan Smith (Stanley Rangers, Leeds Rhinos)

Matthew English (Stanley Rangers, Huddersfield Giants)

Josh Ganson (Blackbrook, St Helens)

Connor Sunderland (Normanton Knights, Leeds Rhinos)

Jack Wells (Folly Lane, Wigan Warriors)

Jordan Lane (West Hull, Hull FC)

Cameron Smith (Castleford Panthers, Leeds Rhinos)


Jack Gordon (Dalton, Cumbria RPDC)

Max Dudley (Wigan St Judes, Wigan Warriors)

Charlie Weaver (Skirlaugh, Hull FC)

Conor Fitzsimmons (Seaton, Cumbria RPDC)



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Squad Announcement - England Youth v France Test 1 Friday 18 April 2014

See below the selected squad for the first game in Entraigues. Shirt presentation photographs are also available to view:


2.            JACK FOX                      LATCHFORD ALBION, WARRINGTON WOLVES


4.            RYAN JONES                 OULTON RAIDERS, LEEDS RHINOS





9.            JOSH GANSON               BLACKBROOK, ST HELENS


11.          JACK WELLS                     FOLLY LANE, WIGAN WARRIORS

12.          JORDAN LANE                  WEST HULL, HULL FC



15.          MAX DUDLEY                      WIGAN ST JUDES, WIGAN WARRIORS

16.          CHARLIE WEAVER               SKIRLAUGH, HULL FC


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Parent Presentation 15 March

Please see the documents that were presented to you at the Parent workshop on 15 March 2014.

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Injury/illness reporting

Any player who has sustained an injury or is ill must report it directly to their club physio and the RFL Medical Administrator, Suzanne James as soon as possible. Suzanne can be contacted on 0113 2375019 or suzanne.james@rfl.uk.com

All player's club physiotherapists are required to send in an injury report status to Suzanne one week prior to any training sessions or camps, who then in turn forwards it to the England physio.

For any injuries/illness that occur just before a session and are out of office hours (Mon - Fri 9 - 5), please also inform Dave Elliott on 07825 951132.