England have name their U18 squad to face Australia Schools on Wednesday 4th December.
The game will kick off a 13.00 at Harrow School. A large majority of the squad are actually school leavers or in the U20s but with school fixtures on the same day and the fixture being midweek during term time many of the U18s squad probably unable to play.
Speaking about the game against Australia, Englandâ€™s Head Coach John Fletcher said:
â€œThis is a fantastic opportunity to test ourselves against a side that we know will want to play an attacking style of rugby, admission is free so it would be great to see rugby fans come down and cheer us on.â€
â€œThe squad weâ€™ve selected is a good blend of experience and youth. There are players who won the FIRA/AER European Championship last April, players who toured South Africa in the summer and some younger players who we are looking to bring through.â€
â€œWeâ€™ll work closely with the England Under 20 coaches, Nick Walshe and Ian Peel, as there are players involved who will be in their thoughts, and it also gives them the opportunity to take a look at the next crop in action in a competitive game.â€
Five of our 2012/13 School Squad of the Season are included in the squad, Rory Jennings, James Chisholm, Andrew Boyce, and Charlie Ewels.
England U18 squad v Australia Schools
Forwards: Ollie Adams (London Irish)â€¨Joe Batley (Gloucester Rugby)â€¨Andrew Boyce (Worcester Warriors)â€¨Lewis Boyce (Leeds Carnegie)â€¨Luke Chapman (Exeter Chiefs)â€¨James Chisholm (Harlequins)â€¨Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)â€¨Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)â€¨Will Owen (Leicester Tigers)â€¨Ciaran Parker (Sale Sharks)â€¨Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins)â€¨Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie)â€¨Will Witty (Newcastle Falcons).
Backs: Max Clark (Bath Rugby)Â â€¨Theo Brophy-Clewes (London Irish)â€¨Tom Fowlie (London Irish)â€¨Josh Skelcey (Northampton Saints)â€¨Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby)â€¨Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)â€¨Tom Morton (Sale Sharks)â€¨Howard Packman (Northampton Saints) Nick Tompkins (Saracens)Â Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs).