Bristol trio show their mettle in victory over Scotland at Hawick
THREE members of Bristol's EPDG Gold group helped England Under-18s to a 20-8 victory over Scotland at Hawick on Sunday.
Centre Nick Carpenter (Clevedon), scrum-half Callum Braley (St Mary's Old Boys) and flanker Steve Uren (Keynsham) made valuable contributions, with Braley setting England on their way with a first-half try.
Braley has now scored two tries in as many games, with his five-pointer against France clinching an 18-16 win.
England coach John Fletcher said: "We're very pleased with the performance, we stepped up on our last game against France and that was good to see.
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"There's definitely more to come from this group though, we left a few opportunities out there, but overall we're happy. The FIRA/AER tournament is just around the corner and it will be tough to pick a squad because a lot of the guys have put their hand up to be counted."
Millfield School was well represented with three players on show from the Somerset school. Tom Ellis wore the England shirt, while No 8 Robert Tait and full-back Grant McConnell – who had previously played for Wells – ran out for Scotland.
Meanwhile, former Old Redcliffians back-rower Ellis Genge, represented England U17s at Melrose on Sunday.
Bristol Rugby EPDG Gold Member Will Thomas has been called up for the senior Wales squad ahead of the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens at the end of the month.
The Filton College fly-half, who made two appearances for Bristol in the B&I Cup this season, is named in the 12-man squad for the prestigious tournament.
Wales are placed in Pool B alongside World Champions New Zealand, South Africa and the United States, kicking off against the Springboks on Friday .
The Welsh won the Plate in Hong Kong in 2006 and 2007, and the Bowl in 2010.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet," said Thomas, pictured in action for Filton. "I'm so proud to have been selected and I'm really looking forward to heading to Hong Kong with the squad.
"I attended a training camp after being recommended and I was fortunate enough to make the cut.
"We're in a really tough group with the likes of New Zealand and South Africa so it will be an incredible experience testing myself against some of the world's best sevens players."
Filton College have captured the North of England National Sevens trophy at Fylde RFC. The Bristol Rugby apprentices won eight successive games on their way to the final, conceding just five points in the process.
Seven members of the squad are part of Bristol's EPDG group including skipper Sam Hanks, Nick Carpenter, Auguy Slowik, Jacob Unwin, Jack Hughes, Monty Reed and Connor Phillips. Filton cruised through the group stages, beating Ashville College 36-0, Kirkham 33-0 and Woodhouse Grove 33-0.
In the second round, Filton saw off Ampleforth 22-0 before a hard-fought 24-5 victory over Coleg Llandrilo in the quarter-final.
George Tavner's side secured a comfortable 29-0 win over Adams College in the semi-finals, setting up a final against Kirkham.
The final was a much closer affair than the group stage clash, but Filton overcame their Lancashire opponents 14-0 to deservedly win the competition.