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England selection for Luke and Matt

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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TWO promising rugby players from Cornwall have been called up to the England U18s squad for three games in March next year.

Luke Chapman and Matt Bolwell, both 17, will link up with the national squad in Burton on December 18 for a training camp.

And next year the pair will be hoping to impress for their country when England play Scotland, Wales and France.

This will be the second successive season Chapman, from Looe, and Bolwell, from Wadebridge, have earned call-ups. They were part of the England U17s' squad, which beat Scotland and France last season.

Bolwell started in March's 33-15 win against Scotland, while Chapman came on as a replacement.

In April Chapman started and Bolwell was a replacement in England U17s' 28-24 win against France.

Following trials in August the talented Truro College duo, who are a part of the Exeter Chiefs' Academy, have again impressed selectors after their inclusion in this season's squad.

Chapman is the younger brother of the Cornish All Blacks' Sam Chapman, and he could well be following him to Polson Bridge in the near future, having impressed All Blacks' skipper Tom Rawlings, who is one of his coaches at Truro College.

Chapman played junior rugby for Liskeard-Looe, while Bolwell came through the youth ranks at Wadebridge Camels.

The England U18 programme is run by John Fletcher alongside assistant Peter Walton, and "accelerates the development of the stars of the future" according to the RFU.

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