England U18 name team to face Scotland

England U18 have named their side to take on Scotland on Sunday at Preston Grasshoppers RFC (2pm kick off).


Head Coach John Fletcher has made twelve changes to the side that beat France 43-14 last week, and once again the game will be live streamed on www.englandrugby.com and on Facebook Live on the England Rugby Facebook Page.


In the backline only Bishop Wordworth’s Cadan Murley and New Hall’s Oli Morris survive from that first game of the campaign. Morris is at outside centre, where he is joined by Sedbergh’s Cameron Repath, the former U16 Scotland international who came of the bench against France to great effect last week.


Murley is again on the left wing, with Kirkham Grammar School’s Arron Reed coming into the side on the right, SGS Filton College’s Iwan Hughes is promoted from the bench to start at full back.


Rugby School’s Tom Hardwick gets a first start at fly half, with New College Pontefract’s Ollie Fox promoted from the bench to start at scrum half.


Up front Tonbridge skipper George Head comes in at loosehead, with Sale’s Nic Dolly gaining promotion from the bench at hooker, Joe Heyes of Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College is also promoted, he starts at tighthead in place of Exeter College’s Marcus Street, who is with the U20s.


Another player is lost to the U20s in the form of Worcester 6th form College’s Ted Hill, he is replaced by Dr Challoner’s Grammar School’s Joe Tunney, with Malvern College’s James Scott retaining his place alongside him in the second row.


In the back row St Peter’s Gloucester’s Aaron Hinkley comes in on the blindside, with Exeter College’s Charlie Wright promoted form the bench at openside, so too Wellington College’s Josh Basham at number 8.


The bench sees Bristol Grammar’s Will Capon cover hooker, with Exeter College’s James Kenny and Sedbergh’s Bevan Rodd covering hooker, Millfield’s James Dun will be covering the second row.


Andy Christie of Harrow, whose brother Ben was part of the Scotland U20 set up last year, is covering the back row.


Durham’s Cameron Kelemti will be the scrum half cover, while Bedford’s Fraser Dingwall, another former Scotland U16 international, and Dean Close’s Tom Seabrook will cover the rest of the backline.


Speaking to www.englandrugby.com ahead of the game, Head Coach John Fletcher said:


“The performance against France was pleasing however we know there are lots of areas we can improve on, a key focus is to adapt in both attack and defence and hopefully we can make the most of the opportunities in front of us on Sunday.”


“Scotland have always been fierce competitors and we know we will have to be on the top of our game.”


England U18 XV


15 Iwan Hughes (Bristol, SGS Filton College), 14 Arron Reed (Sale Sharks, Kirkham GS), 13 Oli Morris (Saracens, New Hall), 12 Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh), 11 Cadan Murley (Harlequins, Bishop Wordsworth’s), 10 Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers, Rugby), 9 Ollie Fox (Yorkshire, New College Pontefract), 1 George Head (Harlequins, Tonbridge), 2 Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), 3 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, Wyggeston & QEI College), 4 Joe Tunney (Wasps, Dr Challoners GS), 5 James Scott (Worcester Warriors, Malvern College), 6 Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester, St Peters), 7 Charlie Wright (Exeter Chiefs, Exeter College), 8 Josh Basham (London Irish, Wellington College).

Replacements: 16 Will Capon (Bristol, Bristol GS), 17 James Kenny (Exeter Chiefs, Exeter College), 18 Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh), 19 James Dun (Bristol, Millfield), 20 Andy Christie (Saracens, Harrow), 21 Cameron Kelemeti (Newcastle Falcons, Durham), 22 Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, Bedford), 23 Tom Seabrook (Gloucester, Dean Close).


You can see the Scotland U18 side here: Scotland U18

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