3rd June 2019, 14:21 | england_lions
24 players, from across 16 different community clubs have been selected for the England Community Lions Youth Development Squad 2019.
The Youth programme is designed to retain players within the game, as well as offer representative opportunities, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences through competitions and cultural experiences.
This year’s development squad met for the first time on Saturday 25thMay 2019, and will have additional training sessions monthly, before the team is reduced from 24-man to 20-man ahead of this year’s Home Nations Series (against Wales and Scotland).
Following the Home Nations, the entire 24-man squad will regather to begin focus towards the Under-19s European Championships in September 2020.
Director of Rugby for the Lions Programme, Allan Coleman said “This year has been a really tough selection process for the coaching staff across both development days and the youth origin games.
Competition for spaces was extremely high, and I do believe the new process we have introduced into selection has allowed us the opportunity to select the strongest players from across the country.
I feel we have selected a very strong and talented squad, and I am excited to see their progression and development across the next 18 months, as we begin to build towards the 2020 Under-19s European Championships”.
England Community Lions Youth Development Squad:
Will Baker (Stanningley), Eoin Bowie (Shaw Cross Sharks), Harry Darby (Leigh Miner Rangers), Mathew Ellis (Shevington Sharks), James Ennis (Kells), Will Ennis (Kells), Connor Grainey (Leigh East), Charlie Heaton (Dewsbury Celtic), Ryan Hilton (Skirlaugh Bulls), George Hirst (Dewsbury Moor Maroons), Evan Jones (Dalton), Jack Kellet (Hensingham), Kieron Lawton (Doncaster Toll Bar), Oliver Lewis (Siddal), Adam Livsey (Leigh Miner Rangers), Brad Llewellyn (Thornhill Trojans), Josh Milnes (Siddal), Astin Mossop (Millom), Tom O’Loughlin (Shevington Sharks), Jack Stevenson (Dalton), Elliot Stockdale (Dalton), Reece Storey (Wigan St. Judes), Brandon Tickle (Leigh Miner Rangers), Aaron Turnbull (Hensingham)