Essex County Teams & Player Development Group


Senior Men

Essex Senior men participate in the Bill Beaumont County Championship that takes place in May.

Team Manager

Tony Woods (Brentwood RFC)


Steve Killington, (Brentwood RFC)

David Stevens,  (Thurrock RFC)

Club Coaches are approached to nominate players who will attend coaching sessions, from which the squad is selected.


Essex U20 Men

Essex U20 Men participate in the Jason Leonard County Championship starting in May.

Team Manager

Currently Vacant.


Richard Stock, (Eton Manor)

Rhys Powell, (Harlow)

Club Coaches are approached to nominate players who will attend coaching sessions,augmented by the previous year U18’s, from which the squad is selected.


Essex U17 and U18 Boys

Our U17 Boys participate in Friendly county games in May once the season ends and our U18’s play in Friendly county games in November and December in the season which are also graded games for potential selection into the London and South East Divisional England squad.

Team Manager

Ken Laybourne


Pete Mahony

Eugene O’Hearly

Tom King

Josh Toms

Players that were previously within the Saracens and Saints PDG groups will get signposted to the County team manager to continue on the pathway. The team will arrange trail dates for additional players to join the group.


Essex Player Development Group

This group represents the starting point for players on the England pathway. Entry on the pathway is via nomination at U15 and runs to U16. It is run in partnership with Saracens Academy in the South of Essex and Northampton Saints to the North of Essex. A small number of players get retained by the Premiership clubs in their own Academy structures. The remainder enter the County Pathway as U17’s.

County PDG Lead for Saracens

Jamie Howard