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England U18 squad for South Africa tour named

England have named their U18 squad for August’s annual tour of South Africa.

Head Coach John Fletcher, along with forwards coach Peter Walton has named a 25-man squad for the three game tour, which will see England face France U18, South Africa U18 A, and South Africa U18 between the 7th and 15th August.

The squad is largely based on the squad that competed in the Rugby Europe U18 Championship, with a few choice selections from the U17 squad such as Millfield’s versatile back five forward Josh Bayliss.

The squad consists of nine players from the AASE League, with Truro College the most highly represented through Jack Stanley and Billy Keast in the forwards, while there are sixteen players from the regular schools circuit. Millfield and Sedbergh are the most represented form that side of the school game, with Sedberhg represented by Northampton Saints’ second row Alex Moon and Sale Sharks fly half/full back Ali Crossdale, while Millfield are represented by the aforementioned Bayliss and his Bath colleague Darren Atkins, who can play full back, wing, or occasionally at fly half.

England U18 Squad:

Billy Keast (Truro College & Exeter Chiefs)

Jake Pope (Myerscough College & Sale Sharks)

Dan Frost (Filton College & Bath)

Joe Mullis (Chosen Hill & Gloucester)

Billy Walker (Oaklands College & Saracens)

Jack Stanley (Truro College & Exeter Chiefs)

Alex Moon (Sedbergh & Northampton Saints)

Nick Isiekwe (Haileybury & Saracens)

Josh Caulfield (Bicton College & Exeter Chiefs)

Josh Bayliss (Millfield & Bath)

Archie White (Epsom College & Harlequins)

Zach Mercer (Merchiston Castle & Bath)

Callum Chick (Gosforth Academy & Newcastle Falcons)

William Allman (Trent College & Northampton Saints)

Jack Maunder (Blundell’s & Exeter Chiefs)

Alex Mitchell (Lymm High School & Sale Sharks)

Theo Brophy Clews (Abingdon & London Irish)

Ali Crossdale (Sedbergh & Sale Sharks)

Sam Aspland-Robinson (Wellington College & Harlequins)

Darren Atkins (Millfield & Bath)

Gabriel Ibitoye (Trinity & Harlequins)

Max Malins (Felsted & Saracens)

Dominic Morris (New Hall & Saracens)

John Williams (St. Paul’s Catholic College & London Irish)

Max Wright (Prince Henry’s Grammar School & Yorkshire Carnegie)

Fixtures:

England U18 v France U18 – 7th August, Cape Town

England U18 v South Africa U18 A – 11th August, George

England U18 v South Africa U18 – 15th August, Cape Town

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