England & Wales U18 XVs to meet in Swansea

England U18 and Wales U18 have named their sides for this afternoon’s U18 International at St Helens, Swansea.

The 16.00 kick off is Live on S4C (Sky 134), you can see the link to watch online at the foot of this page.

England have beaten France and Scotland so far this season, while Wales have lost to France, as both sides build up to the European Championships at the end of the month, which England are looking to defend.

Ahead of the game England U18 forwards coach, Peter Walton, said:

“Playing Wales in Wales is a huge test but it’s a great way to challenge the players. We put a real emphasis on performance and this game is no different – we want the lads to express themselves on the pitch.”

“We’ve had a few good sessions and we’ll be looking to transfer that onto the pitch. We’ve got some strong forwards and backs who like to play quickly so we’re in a good place. Wales will be tough, they’ll be physical and dangerous but we’ll be ready.”

Meanwhile Wales Head Coach Geraint Lewis said:

“The warm-up against Leicester two weeks ago was disappointing in lots of ways but we learned some important lessons and the French test last weekend was certainly an improvement. The forwards produced a good platform, the half backs showed good control and the back three displayed pace and guile to enable us to score some impressive tries.”

“We need to be more clinical as England will have some dangerous runners who will punish any mistake or missed opportunities. We need to be tight defensively and not give England any space.”

“This is a very important age group in the development pathway. It’s when players are entering academies and tasting intense periods of international rugby for the first time.”

“It promises to be a great occasion. St Helens is a great surface, there will be two international games on show, which we are thrilled to be part of and we will endeavour to play some good, open rugby.”

Wales U18 v England U18 – 16.00: http://t.co/a9w54tWev3

England U18:

15 Mathew Protheroe (Hartpury College)

14 Sam Yawayawa (Leicester Tigers, Wyggeston & QEI College)

13 Dominic Morris (Saracens, New Hall School)

12 John Williams (London Irish, St Pauls Sunbury)

11 Rotimi Segun (Northampton Saints, Stowe School)

10 Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish, Abingdon School)

9 Alexander Mitchell (Sale Sharks, Lymm HS)

1 Jake Pope (Sale Sharks, Myerscough College)

2 Curtis Langdon (London Irish, St Pauls Sunbury)

3 Jack Stanley (Exeter Chiefs, Truro College)

4 John Hawkins (Northampton Saints, Stowe)

5 Alexander Moon (Northampton Saints, Sedbergh School)

6 Archie White (Harlequins, Epsom College)

7 Will Allman (Northampton Saints, Trent College)

8 Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, Gosforth Academy, captain)

Replacements:

16 Dan Frost (Bath Rugby, Filton College)

17 Mofe Wilkey (Harlequins, Trinity School)

18 Billy  Keast (Exeter Chiefs, Truro College)

19 Matthew Postlethwaite (Sale Sharks, Ilkley Grammar)

20 Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby, Merchiston Castle School)

21 Jack  Maunder (Exeter Chiefs, Blundells School)

22 Owain James (Wasps Rugby, Harrow School)

23 Elliott Creed  (Gloucester Rugby, Chosen Hill)

Wales U18:

Rhun Williams (RGC / Llandrillo / Caernarfon); Lloyd Lewis (Dragons/ YGG Gwynlliw), Connor Edwards (Dragons / Newport High School / Croesyceiliog RFC), Kieran Williams (Ospreys / Neath Port Talbot Coll/ Glynneath), Shaun Pearce (Scarlets / Coleg Sir Gar/ Kidwelly); Billy McBryde (Scarlets / Coleg Sir Gar/ Llanelli), Matthew Aubrey (Ospreys / Gower College / Pontarddulais); Rhys Fawcett (Scarlets / Llandovery College), Ellis Shipp (Dragons / Coleg Gwent / Penallta), Leon Brown (Dragons / Newport High / Cross Keys), Calum Haggett (capt, Blues / Coleg y Cymoedd / Gilfach Goch), Callum Bradbury (Blues / Coleg Y Cymoedd / Beddau), Mitchell Walsh (Ospreys / Gower College / Mumbles), Morgan Sieniawski (Blues / Coleg Y Cymoedd/ Beddau), Joe Gaughan (Blues /Cowbridge Comprehensive / Glamorgan Wanderers).

Replacements:

Gerwyn Coleman (Blues / Coleg Y Cymoedd / Penygraig), Corey Domachowski (Blues / Tonyrefail Comprehensive / Gilfach Goch), Kieron Assirrati (Blues / Coleg y Cymoedd / Wattstown), Shane Lewis Hughes (Blues / Coleg Y Cymoedd / Ystrad Rhondda), Nathan Hudd (Dragons / Newport High School / Caerphilly); Danny Cross (RGC / Rydal Penrhos / Wrexham), George Gasson (Dragons / St Cenydd / Caerphilly), Harry Randall (Scarlets / Llandovery College)

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