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Harlequins’ Gabriel Ibitoye will captain England Under-18s in South Africa

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England U18s have named their squad ahead of a three-match tour of South Africa

The U18s will face France U18 (12 August), South Africa Schools A (16 August) and South Africa Schools (20 August).

“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.

“It also gives this group of players an opportunity to bond and for us to see how they adapt away from home.”

The squad will be captained by Harlequins wing Gabriel Ibitoye for the tour.

“He is one of our more experienced players, he has good energy and in terms of how we want to play and express ourselves Gabriel epitomises that every time he goes onto the field,” added Fletcher.

“There will be different challenges as the opposition will pose different problems, our aim is to adapt and come up with the solutions to those problems.

“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.”

The U18 squad will be coached by Fletcher, Peter Walton, Mark Luffman and Russell Earnshaw, and supported by Richard Hill, who mentors a number of the U18 squad.

As part of the progression through the national age grade programme Martin Haag and Rory Teague from the U20 management team will be attending some of the tour and watching all of the games.

England Under-18 Squad: 

Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby)
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle   Falcons)
Rory Brand (London   Irish)
Ratu Joe (Cokanasiga)
Ben Curry (Sale Sharks)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Levi Davis
Ali Crossdale (Saracens)
James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
Gabriel Ibitoye  (Harlequins)
Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
Dino Lamb-Cona (Harlequins)
Jarod Leat (Wasps)
Ben Loader (London Irish)
Sam Moore (Sale Sharks)
Oli Morris (Saracens)
Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints)
Tom Parton (London Irish)
Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
Jacob Umaga (Wasps)
Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby)
Harry Simmons (Leicester Tigers)
Matt Williams (London Irish)
Josh Williams (Newcastle Falcons)
Tom Willis (Wasps)
 

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