- Centre Nick Tompkins to lead against Italy Under 17 and Wales Under 16
- Coach Phil Stanlake pleased with build up to internationals
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Nick Tompkins will captain England Under 16 in their internationals against Italy Under 17 at Macclesfield on April 20 and Wales under 16 at Fylde on April 24.
Centre Tompkins already has plenty of captaincy experience at his school, Bishop Justus, and with Kent Schools.
England limbered up for their two internationals with a victory over a strong Leicester Academy Under 17 at Cokethorpe School in Oxfordshire last month which lead coach Phil Stanlake hopes will stand his squad in good stead for next week.
"I’m very pleased with our build up," Stanlake said. "We had a good workout against Leicester which was a big challenge for us.
"We played it as a proper match rather than a conditioned game and they were very well-organised. It was just what we needed in terms of preparing for Italy and Wales.
"It’s difficult to know what to expect from our two internationals because sides change each year, so we will try to concentrate on our own processes.
"Italy are usually a physical side because they are a year older but last year they provided a lot of problems for us in the backs with their fly half and centres.
"Wales always have a side that is very skilful. But we will probably have a better idea of what we are likely to be up against after the weekend as Wales play Italy at Colwyn Bay on Saturday."
England will have their scouts at Colwyn Bay who will report back to Stanlake when England assemble at their Cheshire training base on Sunday.
England are expected to announce their starting XV to face Italy next Monday.
England Under 16 squad
Jack Barnard (Harrogate GS, Harrogate RFC, Leeds Carnegie Academy and Yorkshire), Matthew Beaty (Kirkham GS, Preston Grasshoppers RFC, Sale Sharks Academy and Lancashire), David Buck (Sherborne School, Bath Aacdemy and Dorset & Wiltshire), George Buckney (Gryphon School, Sherborne RFC, Bath Academy and Dorset & Wiltshire), Elliott Cox (Reading Blue Coat School, Redingensians RFC, London Irish Academy and Berkshire), Colin Dickson (Ellesmere College, Shrewsbury RFC, Worcester Warriors Academy and North Midlands), Lorcan Dow (London Oratory School, London Irish Amateur RFC, London Irish Academy and Middlesex), Charlie Ewels (Bournemouth School for Boys, Bournemouth RFC, Bath Academy and Dorset & Wiltshire), Tom Howe (RGS High Wycombe, London Wasps Academy and Buckinghamshire), William Hunt (Farmors School, Cirencester RFC, Gloucester Academy and Gloucestershire), Jonny Kenny (King’s School, Macclesfield, Macclesfield RFC, Sale Sharks Academy and Cheshire), Charles Kingham (Felsted School, Bishop’s Stortford RFC, Saracens Academy and Essex), Joss Linney (Uppingham School, Bishop’s Stortford RFC, Saracens Academy and Hertfordshire), Alexander Lundberg (Hampton School, Wasps RFC, London Wasps Academy and Middlesex), James Mitchell (Lymm HS, Lymm RFC, Sale Sharks Academy and Cheshire), Cameron Neil (Manchester GS, Altrincham Kersal RFC, Sale Sharks Academy and Cheshire), Joshua Poole (Cokethorpe School, London Wasps Academy and Oxfordshire), Jeremy Reason (Dulwich College, Blackheath RFC, Saracens Academy and Kent), Simon Sexton (Wellington College, London Irish Amateurs RFC, London Irish Academy and Surrey), Jonathan Spellman (Tonbridge School, Harlequins RFC, Harlequins Academy, Surrey), Daniel Spencer-Tonks (Chosen Hill, Hucclecote RFC, Gloucester Rugby, Gloucestershire), Nick Tompkins (Bishop Justus School, Old Elthamians RFC, Saracens Academy and Kent).