Rory Taylor has been named amongst the replacements for the England under-18 men’s team set to take on South Africa A-side in their summer tour. 

Head Coach Jonathan Pendlebury's team was announced today before Tuesday's (23rd) crucial clash in Paarl, kicking off at 12.30pm BST.

Now in his second year with the under-18s, Taylor assumed a starting berth in their opening encounter of the tour against South Africa under-18s, but those in the Rose fell to a 40-24 defeat away from home.  

With England now aiming to avoid defeat, the three-match series resumes once more at the Paarl Gymnasium, 416 Main St, Courtrai, Paarl, 7646, before a second and final meeting against South Africa's under-18s this Saturday (27th).

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Best of luck, Rory!


England under-18 team

15 *Conor Byrne (Harlequins, Trinity College) 

14 Tom Burton (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)

13 *Toby Cousins (Northampton Saints, Oakham School)

12 George Edson (Exeter Chiefs, Truro College) 

11 *Will Glister (Wasps, City of Oxford College) 

10 Raff Weston (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff) 

9 Will Wootton (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh School) - CAPTAIN

1 Alex O’Driscoll (Wasps, Berkhamsted) 

2 Loic Keasey (Worcester Warriors, RGS Worcester)  

3 Isaac Keller (Newcastle Falcons, Gosforth Academy)

4 Olamide Sodeke (Saracens, Gravesend Grammar School)  

5 Finn Baker (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)  

6 Barney Merrett (Saracens, Sutton Valence School)  

7 George Perkins (Leicester Tigers, Denstone College)  

8 Will Owen (Worcester Warriors, Ellesmere College)



16 Jacob Oliver (Newcastle Falcons, Barnard Castle School) 

17 Louie Trevett (Bristol Bears, Clifton College)  

18 Billy Sela (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff) 

19 Tom Burrow (Yorkshire Academy, Heckmondwike Grammar School)

20 Jack Bennett (Bath Rugby, Monkton Combe School) 

21 Henry Pollock (Northampton Saints, Stowe School) 

22 *Archie McParland (Northampton Saints, Stowe School) 

23 *Rory Taylor (London Irish, Wellington College)

24 Sean Kerr (Harlequins, Whitgift School)  

25 *Ben Redshaw (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)

26 *Ioan Jones (Gloucester Rugby, Dean Close School)  


*Capped at under-18 level in the 2021-22 season. 


Match schedule and results: 

19 August, KO, 14.30 BST, South Africa under-18 v England under-18 – 40-24

23 August, KO 12.30 BST, South Africa A v England under-18

27 August, KO 14.30 BST, South Africa under-18 v England under-18

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