Academy announce team to face British Army U23

The Academy has named their team to take on the challenge of facing the best young players in the British Army at Trailfinders Sports Club on Sunday.

There are several changes from the side that won their last game, against the RAF Hawks in September.

Felipe Vosabalavu makes his first Academy start of the season at Prop, as does Will Day in the Back Row. Chris Hitchcock has recovered from injury and returns to the Centre, allowing double try scorer Reon Joseph to take up his favoured position on the Wing.

Scrum half Ross MacDougall a member of last months opposition RAF Hawks side looks set to make his Academy d├ębut from the bench.

Academy Coach Tom Gammage said of the fixture “the boys have worked really hard this week to prepare for a huge physical challenge against the Army, there’s always a buzz around this game, we’re really excited to see how we perform after a good win last time out.”

Kick off on Sunday is at 14:15, entry is free and we’d love to welcome you on the lifeline to cheer the boys on.

Look out for the students from the National Film and TV School who are conducting a full Outside Broadcast of the game for their course. Keep an eye on the website for the final edit!

Team
1. VOSABALAVU, F
2. JOYCE, C
3. CHAMNAOUI, Z
4. ELLINGHAM, L
5. WAKE, N
6. KRITIKOS, A
7. DAY, W
8. LOWE, M
9. NURSE, A
10. McMINN, M
11. ADELEKE, A
12. TOWNSHEND, L
13. HITCHCOCK, C
14. JOSEPH, R
15. STEADMAN, J

Replacements
16. BANNISTER, C
17. COLLINS, K
18. BARTON, A
19. RETTER, B
20. MacDOUGALL, R
21. NOLAN-HUTCHINSON
22. JARVIS, N
23. WALKER, L
24. SAMMS, R
25. LUK, YS