Ollie Hassell-Collins and Josh Basham have both been named in the England Under-18s squad to face France in South Africa tomorrow (kick-off 1.15pm BST).

Tomorrow’s game is the first of three games staged in South Africa for the ‘U19 International Series’ which sees England play against France, Wales and South Africa Schools.

Hassell-Collins is in line to make his England Under-18s debut at centre, while back row Basham is named amongst the replacements.

London Irish academy manager Patrick O’Grady said: “I’m really pleased for Ollie and Josh, who have worked extremely hard in order to be selected for their country.

“They have applied themselves superbly both on and off the field since joining the London Irish academy set-up and I’m sure they will do themselves proud in South Africa.”

England U18 team to face France

Nick David (Worcester Warriors & Warwick), Arron Reed (Sale Sharks & Kirkham Grammar), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints & Bedford School), Sam Spink (Wasps & Wellington College), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish & St Pauls), Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks & Kirkham Grammar), Will Porter (Wasps & Merchant Taylors), Sam Moore (Sale Sharks & Sedbergh School), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester & St Peters), Tom Willis (Wasps & Henley College), James Scott (Worcester Warriors & Malvern College), Joe Tunney (Wasps & Dr Challoner's), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers & Wyggeston & QEI College), Will Capon (Bristol & Bristol Grammar), Tom Rowland (Bristol & Bristol Grammar).

Replacements: George Head (Harlequins & Tonbridge School), Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors & Bromsgrove), Nick Rigby (Worcester Warriors & Warwick), Josh Basham (London Irish & Wellington College), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs & Exeter College), Ollie Fox (Yorkshire & New College Pontefract), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks & Sedbergh), Tom de Glanville (Bath & Beechen Cliff).


Friday 11 August: England U18 v France - Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch (kick-off 1.15pm BST).

Tuesday 15 August: England U18 v Wales - Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl (kick-off 1.15pm BST)

Saturday 19 August: England U18 v SA Schools - City Park, Athlone (kick-off 1pm BST) 

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