INTERNATIONAL WATCH: London Irish duo start for England U18s

18 August 2017

London Irish’s Josh Basham and Ollie Hassell-Collins have been named in the starting line-up for England Under-18s as they take on South Africa Schools tomorrow (kick-off 1pm BST).

Basham starts in the second row, while Hassell-Collins marshals affairs from full-back for England’s third and final game of their summer tour in South Africa.

“I want to see the team play like they have trained this week,” said England Under-18 coach Russell Earnshaw.

“It’s been a good couple of weeks, a great learning experience for the players and coaches and we want to see that transferred onto the pitch. I want to see them enjoy the experience. Last year was a really physical game so this years we’ll try and exceed their physicality.”

England XV to face South Africa Schools
Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, St Paul’s School), Arron Reed (Sale Sharks, Kirkham Grammar School), Cadan Murley (Harlequins, Bishop Wordsworth's School), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, Bedford School), Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby, Dean Close School), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh School), Will Porter (Wasps, Merchant Taylors' School), Tom Rowland (Bristol Rugby, Bristol Grammar School), Will Capon (Bristol Rugby, Bristol Grammar School), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, Wyggeston & QEI College), Josh Basham (London Irish, Wellington College), James Scott (Worcester Warriors, Malvern College), Tom Willis (Wasps, The Henley College), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby, St Peter’s High School), Sam Moore (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh School).

Replacements:
George Head (Harlequins, Tonbridge School), Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors, Bromsgrove School), Nick Rigby (Worcester Warriors, Warwick School), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, The Perse School), Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie, New College Pontefract), Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks, Kirkham Grammar School), Sam Spink (Wasps, Wellington College), Nick David (Worcester Warriors, Warwick School), Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff School).

Fixtures:

Friday 11 August: England U18 24-8 France  - Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch (1.15pm BST)

Tuesday 15 August: England U18 12-14 Wales - Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl (1.15pm BST)

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

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