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Kent-born rugby star Piers Francis set for full England debut against Argentina

PUBLISHED: 13:03 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 16 June 2017

Former Maidstone rugby player Piers Francis

Former Maidstone rugby player Piers Francis

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The former Old Gravesendians youth player recently completed a move to Premiership side Northampton Saints

Kent-born back Piers Francis is due to make his full England debut this weekend in Argentina.

The former Old Gravesendians mini and youth player made his first England appearance last week as a replacement against the same opponents, making a defining contribution to the game with two try assists.

Francis is now set to make his first start in the number 12 shirt, having made a name for himself with Auckland Blues in recent months.

A fly-half or centre who grew up in Gravesend and used to play for Maidstone, Francis headed to New Zealand eight years ago and was part of the Auckland Academy before moving on to play in the National Provincial Championship and then Super Rugby.

He has played in all four rounds of this year’s Super Rugby competition, and recently completed a move to Premiership side Northampton Saints ahead of next season.

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