- England U18 name side to play Wales
- The lads are in good spirits – Fletcher
England Under 18 have named their side to take on Wales in the opening game of their summer tour to South Africa at City Park, Cape Town, kick-off 1.15pm (BST). The game will be available to view on S4C on Saturday at 9.45pm (Sky channel 134).
Gloucester flanker Sam Underhill captains the side – as he did on England U18’s trip to Poland for the European Championships in March – and Head Coach John Fletcher is looking forward to getting onto the pitch after two days of good training.
He said: “The lads are in good spirits. A lot of them had their A Level results as well, so it’s been a busy few days for them but they have trained well and are looking forward to playing Wales. It amazes me how they find the balance between rugby and education – they’re a credit to themselves.
“Every year the quality and quantity of players coming through improves. The Regional Academies deserve a lot of recognition for that, but the other nations aren’t standing still – we have three really tough matches out here, starting against Wales tomorrow.”
Updates will be available on Twitter @EnglandRugby.
England Under 18 starting XV to play Wales
15 Taylor Prell (Giggleswick School & Yorkshire Carnegie)
14 Kai Little (Hartpury College)
13 Max Clark (Bryanston School & Bath Rugby)
12 Harry Mallinder (Rugby School & Northampton Saints)
11 Rotimi Segun (Stowe School & Northampton Saints)
10 Rory Jennings (Bryanston School & Bath Rugby)
9 Will Homer (Sherborne School & Bath Rugby)
1 Lewis Boyce (Prince Henry's & Yorkshire Carnegie)
2 Ollie Adams (St Pauls Catholic College & London Irish)
3 Seb Adeniran-Olule (Wellington College & Harlequins)
4 Joe Maksymiw (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
5 Joe Batley (Hartpury College & Gloucester Rugby)
6 Charlie Beckett (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
7 Sam Underhill (Sir Thomas Rich’s School & Gloucester Rugby) (c)
8 Henry Cheeseman (Whitgift & Harlequins)
16 James Fish (Trent College & Northampton Saints)
17 Ciaran Parker (St Ambrose & Sale Sharks)
18 Owen Hills (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
19 Kieran Treadwell (John Fisher & Harlequins)
20 Lewis Ludlam (St Joseph’s College & Northampton Saints)
21 Theo Brophy Clews (Abingdon School & London Irish)
22 Joe Marchant (Peter Symonds & Harlequins)
23 Cameron Cowell (St Pauls Catholic College & London Irish)
24 John Williams (St Pauls Catholic College and London Irish)