Porter and Hone have Ge­or­gia on their mind af­ter Coun­ties call-up

Gloucestershire Echo - - DEACS WEEK -

CIN­DER­FORD pair Ge­orge Porter and Harry Hone have been named in the Eng­land Coun­ties squad for next week’s tour of Ge­or­gia.

The 24-man squad will play two games in the for­mer Soviet repub­lic, tak­ing on a Ge­or­gia XV in Ku­taisi in Satur­day, and then again on July 7 in the cap­i­tal Tbil­isi.

Foresters skipper Porter has been called up for the first time, while Hone, an ever-present for Cin­der­ford in Na­tional League One who also scored 10 tries dur­ing this cam­paign is called up for the tour again. Mean­while, Old Pate­sians’ Tom Knight is in the 23-man Eng­land Coun­ties Un­der-20 squad to play Ro­ma­nia for a two match tour. Scrum-half Knight, left, son of for­mer Chel­tenham Town mid­fielder Keith Knight, joined Pats last sea­son from Cho­sen Hill and was named Young Player of the Year at Ever­est Road.

The first fix­ture will be played on Fri­day, May 31 fol­lowed by the sec­ond test on Tues­day, June 4.

Bucharest’s Olimpia Sta­dium will host the games and Eng­land had a five days train­ing camp in the build up to the tour. The 23 play­ers have been se­lected from across the coun­try, all of whom play in the Ja­son Leonard Un­der-20 County Cham­pi­onship.

A divi­sional camp at Derby RFC in early May saw play­ers se­lected into four re­gional di­vi­sions and the Eng­land man­age­ment were then able to se­lect a squad of 23.

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