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Former Gosport & Fareham Mini/Youth player Joe Batley won the BMW Man of the Match Award helping England Under 18s beat Ireland 30-14 in the final of the FIRA/AER European Championship in Wronki, Poland, a match in which Hampshire's Joe Marchant also played

 

It is England's third consecutive title.

 

Back rower Batley now studies and plays at Hartpury College and is a member of Gloucester's Academy. He also featured for the England Under 19s this season. Joe's dad is the current Gosport & Fareham RFC Colts' Manager.

 

Marchant, who began his rugby career with Winchester and Peter Symonds College and is now with Harlequins, came on as a 35th minute replacement in the backs in the Final.

 

He also appeared as a replacement in England's narrow 18-17 win over France, a game which Batley started in Dunkirk in April.

 

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Right: Joe Batley (with the ball) against Ireland.

 

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Above: Joe Marchant.

Below: Joe batley with his Championship Medal.

 

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