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Smith excited for Tigers Cubs development opportunities

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Six members of the Leicester Tigers Academy squad have been included in an England Rugby Under-18 North Squad for a development camp in York on October 27. 

Cormac Calnan (Stamford), Jacob Cusick, Henry Joule (Oakham), Tim Hoyt, Joe Woodward (Brooksby Melton College), George Loose (Langley) will all take part in the camp. 

England Rugby Under-18 Development Camp – North Squad

Matt Arden (Northampton Saints & Stamford)

Emeka Atunya (Northampton Saints & Northampton School for Boys)*

Cormac Calnan (Leicester Tigers & Stamford)

Jacob Cusick (Leicester Tigers & Oakham)

Mark Dormer (Newcastle Falcons & RGS Newcastle)

Ben Douglas (Newcastle Falcons & Gosforth Academy)

Ollie Fletcher (Newcastle Falcons & Newcastle School for Boys)

Ewan Greenlaw (Newcastle Falcons & Durham)

Ned Hawker (Yorkshire & Woodhouse Grove)

Tim Hoyt (Leicester Tigers & Brooksby Melton College)

Geordie Irvine (Northampton Saints & Oundle)

Henry Joule (Leicester Tigers & Oakham)

George Loose (Leicester Tigers & Langley)

James Naylor (Newcastle Falcons & Sedbergh)

Sonny Rodella (Northampton Saints & Bedford)

Frankie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints & Northampton School for Boys)

Oli Spencer (Newcastle Falcons & Sedbergh)

Olly Tomalin (Yorkshire & St Peter’s, York)

Charlie Wardie (Sale Sharks & Altrincham Grammar)

Joe Woodward (Leicester Tigers & Brooksby Melton College)

Meanwhile, three members of the Tigers Academy squad have been included in an England Under-18 squad for two day development camp at Bisham Abbey in the final week of October. 

Brooksby Melton College duo Lewis Chessum and Jake Sterland, as well as front-rower Seb Smith from Stamford have been named as part of the camp, taking the total to nine members of the Leicester Under-18s to be selected in the England camps to take place this month.

England U18 Development Camp Squad

Henry Arundell (London Irish & Harrow)*

Alfie Bell (Wasps & King Henry VIII, Coventry)

Jamie Benson (Harlequins & Hampton)*

Monty Bradbury (London Irish & Wellington College)*

Lewis Chessum (Leicester Tigers & Brooksby Melton College)*

Greg Fisilau (Wasps & City of Oxford College)*

Aaron Florestein (Wasps & Merchant Taylors’, Northwood)*

Jake Garside (Northampton Saints & Norwich)*

Zack Hill (Saracens & Oaklands College)*

Will Hobson (Harlequins & Wellington College)*

Nathan Jibulu (Harlequins & Seaford College)*

Louie Johnson (Newcastle Falcons & Sedbergh)*

Rekeiti Ma’asi-White (Wasps & Harrow)*

Kaden Pearce-Paul (Saracens & Ravens Wood)*

Guy Pepper (Newcastle Falcons & Barnard Castle)*

Dylan Power (Bristol Bears & Colston’s)*

Connor Slevin (Harlequins & Whitgift)*

Seb Smith (Leicester Tigers & Stamford)*

Jasper Spandler (Bath & Beechen Cliff)*

Jake Sterland (Leicester Tigers & Brooksby Melton College)*

Mikey Summerfield (London Irish & Hartpury College)*

George Taylor (Bristol Bears & Bristol Grammar)*

Nye Thomas (Sale Sharks & Liverpool College)*

Tobi Wilson (Worcester Warriors & Stourport High)*

*Part of the late September/early October England U18 Development camps

Speaking about the inclusion of the players, Tigers Academy head coach Matt Smith said: "It's great for these young lads to experience these camps and different environments."

"They have all worked hard with us and in their school programmes to develop and this is another step forward for them in their development and progress.

"We are excited for them to take part and bring back the experience and knowledge they gain during the England camps to our environment, which adds to our group and programme."