Wasps U17s to play at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday

Date: 26 Apr 2018

Rugby fans are being urged to stay in their seats following Wasps’ clash with Northampton Saints this weekend – and get a glimpse of the future.

That’s because the next generation of rugby stars will be aiming to make a name for themselves at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, 29th April when Wasps Under-17s take on Northampton Saints Under-17s at 5.45pm.

Sunday’s game will follow on from the vital Aviva Premiership clash between Wasps and Northampton Saints which takes place earlier that afternoon (3pm kick-off).

The Wasps Under-17s squad that will perform at the Ricoh Arena is a combination of players from the Under-18s & Under-16s and are overseen by Matt Williams, the Coach Development and Pathways Manager at Wasps.

The youngsters come into this weekend’s clash off the back of a positive season in the Under-18s Academy League North, which saw them finish second in the table.

It will also be the fourth year running that the academy side have signed off their season at the Ricoh Arena, with the youngsters traditionally replicating the day’s first team fixture.  

Wasps Under-17s have beaten Saracens, London Irish and Exeter in previous years, and will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent record at the Ricoh Arena.

“This is a fantastic way of giving our younger players exposure to what rugby is like at the next level up – particularly playing in bigger stadiums and in front of larger crowds,” said Matt.

“They’re also aware that people such as Dai Young will be watching, and it is a real opportunity for them to catch the eye and accelerate their journey towards the first team.

“Senior Academy players Tom Willis, Will Porter, James Seabrook and Joe Tunney all played in this same fixture two years ago, so hopefully their progression will act as inspiration for our next crop of younger players.

“We have an exciting group across the different age categories who are strong and fast, and have a knack for scoring a lot of points.

“One player to keep an eye on is hooker Alfie Barbeary. He’s a strong ball carrier and has already realised some of his potential by scoring a hat-trick of tries for England Under-18s against Scotland in this year’s Six Nations.

“We’ll be including players from the Under-16s all the way up to the Under-18s in the match day experience on Sunday – so we’d urge as many fans to stay behind to get behind them and show their support.”

Admission to Wasps Under-17s versus Northampton Saints Under-17s is included in the match ticket for the first team clash between Wasps and Northampton Saints (kick-off 3pm).

The South Stand has been opened for this fixture and a limited number of £15 Adult tickets remain. Under-10s go free in selected areas. Visit www.wasps.co.uk/tickets for full details.