Five of London Irish’s brightest young talents have been named in John Fletcher’s England U18 squad ahead of a three match tour of South Africa.

Products of Wellington College Rory Brand (18), Ben Loader (17), Tom Parton (18), Matt Williams (18) and graduate of Busce Academy Joe Cokanasiga (18) will pull on the England jersey as they get ready to take on France U18 (Friday 12th August), South Africa Schools A (Tuesday 16th August) and South Africa Schools (Saturday 20th August).

Regarding the upcoming tour, RFU National Academy Development Manager John Fletcher stated: “The tour gives us an opportunity to play in the Southern Hemisphere in a different environment and against a very tough opposition” said the Rugby Football Union’s national academy development manager John Fletcher.

“We will stick to our principles in defence and attack and we expect the players to adapt on the field. The plan is to give the players a full tour experience, which is crucial to their development.”

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