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England U18 stars impress for Stowe in the SOCS Daily Mail Trophy

Two England U18 pros make a lasting impression not only for Stowe but also for Northampton in the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy.

Flanker Henry Pollock and scrum-half Archie McParland made their senior debuts in recent Premiership Cup games for the Saints.

Pollock, who led the England Under-18s on a tour of South Africa last summer, scored twice in the 58-34 win over Saracens.

As well as playing in the second Premier League competition, the two have also given Stowe a good start in the Trophy.

The best win so far was last Saturday’s 38-19 win over Rugby School, while the pair are expected to face Bromsgrove this weekend.

Stowe rugby boss Grant Seely is full of praise for the duo juggling the demands of Northampton’s academy and school.

The former Saints back-row player said: “We’re trying to make sure they can play for both, but also to balance their programs between games.

“They’re both very promising players and it’s been great to see them play for Northampton and see them do it so well.”

Stowe improves in the trophy after a 12-10 loss to Stamford. That setback was quickly rectified by a 67-10 win over Oundle and a 52-8 win over Bloxham in the National Cup.

The Ipswich School also forges links with Northampton Academy through Ollie Saddleton.

The center was a key figure in a squad that gave Trophy leader Sedbergh a tough contest in a 33-19 loss.

Ipswich reached their peak form last weekend with a 55-17 win over Seaford College, followed by wins against Uppingham (69-0) and Denstone College (21-17).

Sedbergh has been in unstoppable form so far this fall after scoring his fifth win in the 52-12 win over St Peter’s York.

The trophy will be decided based on the earnings table from games in the fall semester. Champions Berkhamsted are among the chasers, including Hampton and Trinity, both unbeaten.

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