Fred Barnes (Upper Sixth, Gascoigne) has been selected for the England U18’s Counties Squad. Starting the long journey to selection, Fred initially played in a South West Counties tournament from which he was selected to represent the South West against their equivalent from the South East and London. After putting in another strong performance, he secured his place in the final 23 man squad.
The team have completed two weekend training sessions with the second including a game against the Leicester Tigers Academy. The training has been in preparation for a tour to Ireland in April where they will face Ireland U18 Clubs in a double header. The step up to the international level has been a great experience for Fred but also a steep learning curve: ‘The biggest difference playing with this team is that everyone has more speed and physicality. I am really looking forward to the tour and playing what I hope will be the first of many games in an England shirt’