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England Under 18s get ready for Uruguay Test

29 July 2008


July 29th, 2008


Joe Barker of Leeds Carnegie and QEGS Wakefield has been handed the captaincy armband for England Under 18's penultimate test in Argentina.

Flanker Barker will lead England against Uruguay on Wednesday at the Hindu Club in Argentina, kick-off 8pm BST.  Barker is one of a handful of changes to the starting line-up with Coach John Fletcher continuing to give his 32 man squad plenty of game time.

Only four players, Leeds' George Ford, Sale's Tom Holmes, London Irish's Sam Edgerley and Saracens' Owen Farrell, who featured in England's convincing 107-3 victory against Mendoza Under 18s on Sunday start Wednesday's game.

England head into the test against Uruguay in confident spirits after three wins from three so far, with victories over Tucuman, Buenos Aires and Mendoza under their belts. England are also still to play Argentina in an international Test Match on Sunday.

England Coach Fletcher said: "We are looking forward to our final warm-up test which we are anticipating will be another physical game. It's great to have been given this extra fixture just four days before we take on Argentina in the Test Match. This is the players' final chance to stake their claim for a Test Match place so I am looking forward to seeing them play with passion and pride."

England Under 18s

1 Peter Austin  London Irish  Worthing College                    
2 Jimmy Stevens Leicester Tigers
3 Mako Vunipola Bristol Rugby  Millfield
4 Joe Quinn  St Wilfred's School Leeds Carnegie
5 Tom Holmes Sale Sharks  Sandbach
6  Jamie Gibson  London Irish   Marlborough College
7 Joe Barker C Leeds Carnegie  QEGS Wakefield
8 Sam Jones  London Wasps Aylesbury Grammar School
9 Sam Harrison Leicester Tigers  John Cleveland College
10 George Ford Leeds Carnegie Rishworth
11 Sam Edgerley London Irish  Wellington College
12 Owen Farrell Saracens   St Georges
13 Jack Cobden  Leicester Tigers  King Edward VI Lichfield
14 Christian Wade London Wasps RGS High Wycombe
15 Jack Wallace London Wasps RGS High Wycombe
16 Lee Imiolek Sale Sharks  Sandbach
17 David Blackwell Gloucester Rugby  Hartpury
18 Will Welch Newcastle Falcons RGS Newcastle
19 Alex Gray  Newcastle Falcons  Barnard Castle
20 Jordi Pasqualin Gloucester Rugby The Kings School
21 Freddie Burns  Gloucester Rugby Bath College
22 Tom Catterick  Newcastle Falcons  Barnard Castle
23 Andy Forsyth  Leicester Tigers QEGS Wakefield

England Under 18s Argentinean Tour Itinerary

England v Tucuaman Under 18s, July 19th, Los Tos Tarcos, kick-off 8pm BST WON 40-24

England v Buenos Aires Under 18s, July 23rd, 11pm BST WON 39-19

England v Mendoza Under 18s, July 27th, WON 107 - 3

England v Uruguay, July 30th, Hindu Club, KO 3pm

England v Argentina, August 3rd, KO TBC