RUGBY UNION: Purdy's England debut

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HENRY Purdy will make his England Under 20 debut in tomorrow night’s Six Nations clash with Ireland in Athlone (6.35).

The Leicester Tigers youngster, from Milton-under-Wychwood, starts on the left wing as one of four changes to the side that beat Scotland 15-6 in their opener.

That clash saw Oxford University flanker Gus Jones come off the bench for England, while former Oxfordshire junior Tommy Allen started at fly half for Scotland.

  • ABINGDON School full back Jamie Pearson scored a try as South West defeated the North 43-26 in the Under 16 Divisional Festival at Broadstreet RFC.

The festival is part of the process towards England under 16 selection, with coaches set to name a 70-man squad to attend a half-term training camp.


Oxfordshire Under 16 A League: Banbury 12 (tries H Graham, W Hardy; con S Manning), Grove 7.

Oxfordshire Under 15 League: Chinnor 5, Banbury 38 (tries C Shepherd 2, J Fender, J Anderson, G Grieve, A Taylor; cons J Briggs 4).

Oxfordshire Under 14 Cup semi-final: Witney 5, Banbury 27 (tries D Brady 3, J Manning, C O’Shea; con J Manning).

Under 10: Banbury 45 (tries O Michael 2, O Whiting 2, A McCusker, C Neale, J Blackburn, H Jones, S Church); Banbury 20 (tries G Winkler, Q Blythe, B Mazoue, T Haynes), Abingdon 15.

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