England Under 18â€™s head Coach, John Fletcher, has announced his squad for the 2013 FIRA/AER European Championship in Grenoble, which kicks off on Friday for his England side.
Speaking of his squad, Fletcher said:
â€œWeâ€™ve got a good squad for this tournament but we know that it will be a challenge. Weâ€™re missing a few lads, Alfie Barron, Max Clark, Brett Herron and Will Owen are injured unfortunately, but it gives an opportunity for guys to come in and impress.â€
“Our aim is to build on the recent performances against Scotland and Wales and improve through the three games.”
There are a number of exciting players in the squad who have been plying their trade the length and breadth of the country for both their Schoolâ€™s and their Club Under 18 sides.
Ivybridge and Prince Henryâ€™s Grammar School contribute the most players with three each, all three of Oaklandâ€™s are from their exciting backline, Perkins, Tompkins and Sharp.
Bryanston contribute the most from the non AASE schools with two players, Charlie Ewels in the forwards and Rory Jennings in the backline.
It promises to be an exciting tournament, kicking off for England on Friday against Portugal at 6pm.
Englandâ€™s Clubs & Schools squad to play Ireland on the 30th March has also been announced, the squad will travel on Good Friday ahead of a 2pm kick off on the Saturday.
England Under 18 Squad:
Andrew Boyce (Worcester Warriors & Kings Worcester)â€¨Andrew Hughes (Sale Sharks & Hartpury College)â€¨Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby & Bryanston School)â€¨Charlie Hewitt (Exeter Chiefs & Ivybridge College)â€¨Lewis Boyce (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henryâ€™s Grammar)â€¨Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henryâ€™s Grammar)â€¨James Chisholm (Harlequins & Brighton College)â€¨Jordan Onjoaife (Northampton Saints & Stowe School)â€¨Josh Peters (Northampton Saints & Oundle School)â€¨Matt Bolwell (Exeter Chiefs & Truro College)â€¨Luke Chapman (Exeter Chiefs & Truro College)â€¨Neale Farthing (Leicester TigersÂ & Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth College)â€¨Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henryâ€™s Grammar)â€¨Sam James (Saracens & Bishops Stortford).
George Perkins (Saracens & Oaklands College)â€¨Howard Packman (Northampton Saints & Moulton College)â€¨James Mitchell (Sale Sharks & Lymm School)â€¨Josh Sharp (Saracens & Oaklands College)â€¨Josh Skelcey (Northampton Saints & Moulton College)â€¨Louis Clayton-Molloy (London Wasps & Harrow School)â€¨Nick Tompkins (Saracens & Oaklands College)â€¨Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs & Ivybridge College)â€¨Tom Fowlie (London Irish & St Pauls Catholic College)â€¨Tom Howe (London Wasps & Shiplake College)â€¨Lucas Slowik (Bristol Rugby & Filton College)â€¨Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby & Bryanston School).
England Clubs and Schools Squad:
Charlie Piper (Harlequins, Cranleigh School, London & SE) Aston Whitlow (Alnwick RFC, Gosforth Academy, North) Callum Lynch (Walcot RFC, Beechen Cliff School, South West) Dan Hyams (Mellish RFC, Arnold Hill Academy, Midlands) Alistair Wade (Camberley RFC, Godalming College, London & SE) Dan Preston-Routledge (Leeds Carnegie RFC, Prince Henryâ€™s GS, North) Simon Linsell (Gloucester RFC, Marling School, South West) Oliver Hodgson (Middlesbrough RFC, Gosforth Academy, North) Harry McCartney (London Wasps, Henley College, South West) Charlie Kingham (Saracens, Felsted School, London & SE) Finlay Hillicks (Harlequins, College of Richard Collyer, London & SE) Sam Smith (Worcester Warriors, Old Swinford Hospital, Midlands)
Tom Penny (Alnwick RFC, RGS Newcastle, North) Sean Brown (Darlington Mowden Park RFC, North) Lewis Jones (Dunstable RFC, Moulton College, Midlands) Jack Maplesdon (Saracens, Woodhouse Grove School, North) Jordan Gott (London Irish, St. Pauls Catholic College, London & SE) Colin Dickson (Worcester Warriors, Ellesmere College, Midlands) Oliver Fewtrell (Derby RFC, Queen Elizabeth GS, Midlands) Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues RFC, Biddenham Upper School, Midlands) Tom Morton (Sale Sharks, Stockport GS, North) Ben Pointon (Northampton Saints, Rugby School, Midlands)