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The ‘Proper’ Northern England XV

Previously we’ve looked at dividing England’s player base into two teams of ‘north’ and ‘south’, but this time we’ve put together a team of players born and bred in the north of the country, and it’s not a bad looking side at all.

1) Davey Wilson

Wilson normally plays at tighthead, but he can also cover loosehead as well. Wilson was born in South Shields and originally played for Newcastle Falcons before signing for Bath in 2009. He returned back to his home club for the start of this season.

Bolton-born young loosehead Ross Harrison is also beginning to forge a name for himself at Sale Sharks.


2) Tommy Taylor

Wasps’ workhorse Taylor was born in Macclesfield and played for his local club until he signed for Sale in 2011. He began playing in the U-6 section and played for Macclesfield’s senior team as well.

“My time at Macc was great, it’s my hometown club, I was there from the u6s so to then get to play for the first team was great,” Taylor once told Macclesfield

“I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have whilst I was there, I was pretty nervous every time I played in the first team for Macc! It did me the world of good.”


3) Paul Hill

Although born in Germany, Hill was raised in Doncaster and later signed for Yorkshire Carnegie’s academy before making his way to Northampton Saints.


4) James Gaskell

Born in Crewe, Gaskell spent his formative days at Sandbach Rugby Club before later joining the Sale Sharks’ academy. He later signed for Wasps and has been an important cog in their squad ever since.


5) Geoff Parling

Former Leicester Tigers second row and current Exeter Chiefs player Parling was Born in Stockton-on-Tees and made his name at Newcastle Falcons.


6) Will Welch

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, flanker Welch went on to become Newcastle Falcons’ youngest ever captain at just 22.


7) Calum Clark

Northampton Saints openside Clark was born in Stockton-on-Tees and attended Barnard Castle School, originally playing for Leeds before signing for Saints in 2010.

In his academy years he worked with future England head coach Stuart Lancaster – himself a Cumbrian.


8) Josh Beaumont

Born in Blackpool and following in his very famous dad’s footsteps, Beaumont spent his professional career at local club Fylde before signing for Sale Sharks. He is currently the club’s captain.

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9) Danny Care

Way before Care was playing for England and winning trophies with Harlequins, the scrum half was playing for Leeds Carnegie. The diminutive number nine was born in Leeds as well.


10) George Ford

Born in Oldham, the multi-talented Ford spent much of his childhood in the north before joining Leicester at 16. As well as being an accomplished union coach, George’s father Mike was a fantastic league player for Wigan, Oldham and Castleford.


11) David Strettle

Now based in France, Harlequins and Saracens winger Strettle was born in Lymm in Cheshire and spent the early years of his career at Rotherham Titans.


12) Owen Farrell

Born in Billinge, Greater Manchester, Farrell lived in Wigan until the age of 13 when his family relocated to London due to his father’s work with Saracens and later England.

Despite initially living in the shadow of his father’s tremendous league career, the abrasive fly-half has established himself as one of the best players in the game.


13) Luther Burrell

Born and bred in Huddersfield, Burrell first played at Leeds Carnegie before later signing for Sale Sharks and then Northampton Saints.


14) Chris Ashton

A Wigan lad through and through, Ashton played league for his home town before swapping codes to play for Northampton Saints.

15) Mike Haley

Born in Preston, Sale Sharks’ young fullback Haley is already establishing himself in England’s EPS squads having impressed on the Saxons’ tour to South Africa in the summer. He originally attended Hutton Grammar School before later signing for Sale Sharks’ academy.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.