England U18 have named their team for the final game of the U18 5 Nations Festival against Wales at 19.30 this evening.
The England U18 ‘A’ side played earlier in the afternoon, losing 17-5 to a very good Italian side, who have also beaten Ireland. Wales, however, beat Italy and, like England, they head into this final game with two wins from two, making this game a theoretical Festival decider.
Two players from the afternoon’s U18 ‘A’ game are also on the bench for this evening’s game, Sedbergh’s Sam Moore and Worcester 6th form College’s Ted Hill, both will cover the back row.
Starting in the back row are the immovable Tonbridge number 8, Ben Earl, one half of the outstanding Curry duo, Tom, at openside, and Pocklington’s Lewis Wilson at blindside.
There is another back row man in the squad in the shape of Cranleigh’s Dino Lamb-Cona, who starts in the second row alongside the ever present Nick Isiekwe of Haileybury.
It is an all Gloucester affair in the front row, with St Peter’s Ciaran Knight at tighthead, Hartpury College’s Alex Seville at loosehead, and Bromsgrove Henry Walker at hooker. Bromsgrove have been well represented in the hooking department, Beck Cutting started in that jersey for the ‘A’ side.
In the back division Wellington College’s Rory Brand comes in at nine for Leicester Grammar’s Ben White, who is on the bench. Brand is joined by his schoolmate Tom Parton, who moves back to full back after starting at twelve against Scotland. A third Wellington College pupil, Ben Loader, is on the bench.
Moulton College’s James Grayson comes back into the side at fly half, with Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College’s Jacob Umaga moving out one position to the vacated inside centre shirt, where he is joined by New Hall’s Oli Morris at 13. Umaga’s schoolmate Sam Yawayawa could join him on the field from the bench.
Parton’s switch back to full back means that Trinity try machine Gabirel Ibitoye moves out to the right wing, while on the left Denstone College’s Levi Davis continues, he too could be joined by a schoolmate should Sam Lewis come on from the bench.
Joining those already mentioned on the bench, will be the front row cover of Royal Hospital School’s Alex Rayment, St Paul’s Catholic College’s Jarod Leat, and KES Aston’s Joseph Morris.
England U18 v Wales U18 – 19.30, St Helens, Swansea
England U18 XV:
15 Tom Parton (Wellington College)
14 Gabriel Ibitoye (Trinity)
13 Oli Morris (New Hall)
12 Jacob Umaga (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College)
11 Levi Davis (Denstone College)
10 James Grayson (Moulton College)
9 Rory Brand (Wellington College)
1 Alex Seville (Hartpury College)
2 Henry Walker (Bromsgrove)
3 Ciaran Knight (St Peter’s, Gloucester)
4 Dino Lamb-Cona (Cranleigh)
5 Nick Isiekwe (Haileybury)
6 Lewis Wilson (Pocklington)
7 Tom Curry (Oundle)
8 Ben Earl (Tonbridge)
16 Alex Rayment (Royal Hospital School)
17 Jarod Leat (St Paul’s Catholic College)
18 Joseph Morris (KES Aston)
19 Sam Lewis (Denstone College)
20 Sam Moore (Sedbergh)
21 Ted Hill (Worcester 6th form College)
22 Ben White (Leicester Grammar School)
23 Ben Loader (Wellington College)
24 Sam Yawayawa (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College)
U18 5 Nations Festival Schedule:
England 15-12 Ireland
Wales 31-30 Scotland
Ireland 43-0 Scotland
Wales 24-9 Italy
Italy 21-17 Ireland
England 45-24 Scotland
England A 5-17 Italy
Wales v England – St Helen’s, 6th April, 19.30