This article originally appeared in Rugby League World magazine, issue 406 (Feb 2015)
Is there another Joe Burgess, Liam Sutcliffe or Adam Swift waiting to emerge from the Academy ranks this season?
For a second year running, and thanks to the superb co-operation from the staff in the youth departments at all the clubs, Rugby League World brings you the squad lists for the clubs taking part in this season’s under-19s Academy Championship.
A player can participate in the under-19s competition for three seasons, so this year we have broken down the squads to show first year academy players (under-17s), second year (under-18s) and those in the final year (under-19s).
Rugby League World wishes all players and coaches an enjoyable season and encourages all supporters to follow the future stars of the game by attending matches and supporting tomorrow’s superstars.
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Leeds Rhinos scrum half Jordan Lilley was an instrumental figure for his side during 2014, and it was easy to forget that those impressive performances were in his first year as an Academy player.
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St Helens centre Jake Spedding was an imposing presence as Saints almost reached the 2014 under-19s Grand Final. They have a young squad for the 2015 competition but Spedding looks a likely key figure.
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Warrington Wolves second row forward Sam Wilde was very impressive during the 2014 campaign, earning a call up to the England Academy squad. A workaholic second row forward.
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Wigan centre Oliver Gildart is now in his final year in the Academy and is not without a chance of breaking into the Warriors first team this year. Sure to torment defences at under-19s level.
Under-17s: Lewis Ainley, Zack Baker, James Bentley, Matthew Chrimes, Cameron Connolly, Isaac Farrell, Luke Hooley, Josh Ricketts, Brandan Wilkinson.
Under-18s: Macauley Barron, Niadh Currie-Clarke, Jack Georgiou, Liam Kirk, Ross Oakes, Callum Ogden, Michael Paul, James Pickering, Kieran Walpole, Brandon Pickersgill.
Under-19s: James Harrison, Brad Hill, Ethan Ryan, Canaan Smithies, Matty Stableford, James Thornton.
Under-17s: Luke Adamson, Russ Barton, Pat Diskin, Rory Dixon, Max Field, Aidan Ineson, Ben Kershaw, Luke Million, Harry Morland, Declan Sheehan.
Under-18s: Lee Alderson, James Brown, Jake Calam, Will Cooke, Brandon Douglas, Brandon Pickup, Will Plimmer, Danny Sowerby, Brandon Westerman.
Under-19s: Liam Blockley, Brad Cable, Kieran Gill, Tom Holmes, Jordan Howdan, Connor Hughes, Will Maher, Brandon Moore, Ashley Robson.
Under-17s: Brad Burgess, Matthew English, Jack Etchels, Izaac Farrell, Billy Hayes, Connor Redgwick, Kieron Reilly, Harry Woollard.
Under-18s: Jordan Brown, Will Gledhill, Liam Johnson, Dominic Jones, Darnell McIntosh, Sam Moore, Isaac Noi, Harry Redfearn, Jamie Stringer, Sam Wood.
Under-19s: Will Carlos, Tyler Dickinson, Zack McComb, Elliott Morris, Jared Simpson, Mikey Wood.
Under-17s: Ryan Adamson, Brad Clavering, Jordan Lane, Jez Litten, Joel Marquez–Laynez, James Oliver, Chris Osindeinde, Alfie Potter, Jack Sanderson, Zeus Silk, Charlie Weaver.
Under-18s: Ash Bastiman, Connor Bower, Reece Dean, Brad Harrison, Callum Lancaster, Ross Osborne, Brad Parker, Josh Poskitt, Harry Tyson-Wilson.
Under-19s: Jordan Abdull, Jack Downs, Brad Fash, Charlie Johnson, Matty Liggins, Jack Logan, Masimbaashe Matongo, Callum Smith, Tom Stark, Jansin Turgut, Josh Wood.
HULL KINGSTON ROVERS
Under-17s: Joe Appleyard, Joe Cator, Harry Cragg, Connah Noble, Mathew Norman, Anton Robinson, Joe Wardill.
Under-18s: Harvey Clappison, Liam Harris, Ben Holdstock, William Jubb, Keiran Moran, Trevor Oloutch, Cory Sanderson, Chris Smith, Liam Wake.
Under-19s: Aiden Armstrong, Harry Aldous, Macauley Duke, Macauley Hallett, Joshua Hamilton, Stephen Holker, George Lawler, Marvin Lee, Elliott Kerry.
Under-17s: Harry Boyes, Ben Brady, Charlie Brown, Harvey Hallas, Ryan Jones, Josh Jordan-Roberts, Conner Sunderland, Jack Wray.
Under-18: Nathan Barker, Thomas Brierley, Nyle Flynn, Ashton Golding, Sam Hallas, Danny Halmshaw, Jonny Holmes, Jordan Lilley, Billy McDermott, Jack Norfolk, Joe Sanderson, Matty While.
Under-19: Ben Frankland, Ash Handley, George Milton, Elliott Minchella, Robbie Ward.
Under-17s: Lewis Bienek, Robert Butler, Matt Davies, Fred Dodd, Roshanne Johnson, Alfie Lawrence, Will Relfe, Mitchell Stone, Dan Wellden.
Under-18s: Sadiq Adebiyi, Callum Bustin, Tuoyo Egodo, Ash Gingell, Joe Glover, Rahim Hussien, Isaac Johnson, Tom Josling, Gui Martins, Kameron Pearce-Paul, Tom Scarsbrook, Harrison Wallace Brough, Jordan Williams.
Under-19s: Errol Carter, Matt Davis, Toby Everett, Charlie Greene, Ben Grey, Joe Keyes, Kain Monks, Ben Pointer, Oli Toms, Alex Walker.
SALFORD RED DEVILS
Under-17s: Cory Bennie, Liam Bent, Taylor Boyne, Elliott Caine, Jordan Cella, Jack Cottington, Lewis Gregory, Kieran McGinnity, Brad Moffatt, Aaron Moore Brad Storey, Connor Williams.
Under-18s: Nathan Doran, Luke Fowden, Adam Jones, Jonathon Scott, Harry Swarbrick.
Under-19s: Darrian Ball, Jake Bibby, Kane Ditchfield, Aiden Hema, Ryan Lannon, Davis Mbumbu, Conor McGrath, Danny Rasool, Adam Saunders, Ben Steele, Jack Swarbrick, Tyler Whittaker, Matty Wilkinson, Josh Wood.
Under-17s: Brad Billsborough, Matthew Costello, Josh Eaves, Rob Fairclough, Lewis Furlong, Matthew Lees, Mike Weldon.
Under-18s: Phil Atherton, Ricky Bailey, Liam Cooper, Jonah Cunningham, David Eccleston, Lewis Fairhurst, Regan Grace, Lewis Hatton, Morgan Knowles, Joe McLoughlin, Ben Morris, James Nicholl, Danny Richardson, Jake Spedding, Aaron Smith, Calvin Wellington, Chris Worrall.
Under-19s: Ross McCauley, Joe Ryan.
WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS
Under-17s: Christian Ackroyd, Sam Blake, Aaron Gledhill, George Lord, Judah Mazive, Kyle Ratchford, Liam Senior, Declan Swaine, Shaun Wooffitt.
Under-18s: Declan Brereton, Ben Cornell, Jordan Crowther, Danny Douglas, Scott Fleming, Keiran Holt, Max Jowitt, Tom Megretton, Frazer Morris, Brad Moules, Luke Powell, Callum Sampson, Harry Swan.
Under-19s: Jack Teanby.
Under-17s: Nathan Ainsworth, Reece Brunt, Jack Fox, Ellis Gillam, Pat Moran, Harry Reardon, George Moore, George Shaw, Morgan Smith, Charlie Phythian.
Under-18s: Connor Adams, David Dixon, James Jones, Dec Kay, Harvey Livett, Morgan Nicholas, Andy Philbin, Ben Stansfield, Brad Stanway, Alex Whalley.
Under-19s: David Foggin-Johnston, Richard Harris, Daniel Hirst, Robert Holroyd, Jack Johnson, Toby King, Daniel Murray, Sam Wilde.
Under-17s: Jack Armstrong, Oliver Ashall, Louis Glover, Nathan Holbrook, Sion Jones, Joe Lyons, Dan McGoldrick, Dan Norman, Connor Parker, Jack Reynolds, Brad Walker, Ross Webster.
Under-18s: Jack Bond, Connor Cutts, Konnagh Hill, Theo Holt, Jack Houghton, Josh Houghton, Josh Johnson.
Under-19s: Matt Barrow, Ed Chamberlain, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Conner Davies, Curtis Hampson, Ryan Ince, Dale Rothwell, Almer Salvilla, Will Weir, Matt Whitley.
Under-17s: Sam Brady, Paddy Casey, Max Dudley, Cal Field, Josh Ganson, Lewis Heckford, Craig Mullen, Liam Paisley, Joel Verity, Jack Wells, Josh Woods.
Under-18s: Macauly Davies, Jack Higginson, Ryan Houghton, Jake Moore, Kyle Shelford.
Under-19s: Joe Bretherton, Gabrell Fell, Liam Forsyth, Oliver Gildart, Nick Gregson, Brad Lawrence, Liam Marshall, Kieran Sharrett, Jake Shorrocks, David Thompson, Luke Waterworth.
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