England U18 wary of Wales attack

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:49
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England Under-18 have made a number of changes to the side that face Wales on Tuesday in South Africa.

The side opened the U19 International Series with a 24-8 victory over France on August 11 in Stellenbosch.

Meanwhile, Wales also opened their U19 International campaign with a 30-28 victory over SA Schools and  England U18 assistant coach Peter Walton is expecting a stern test on Tuesday.

"Wales is always a game full of physicality,” he said.

"We played them earlier in the year and know we need to up our game from that performance," he added: "I want to us to go out there and play with passion, creativity and perform as I know we can do,"

Outside of training the squad visited a game reserve and Walton believes it is important for the players to spend time with each other outside of a rugby environment.

"We have had a good few days since we played France, we went out on safari which gave the lads a chance to connect off the pitch," he said.

"It was great to see what South Africa has to offer outside of a rugby environment and that’s important for the players – they loved it, had loads of fun, the camaraderie was great to see and that’s another reason why we come out here. It’s not all about rugby, we challenge them off the pitch and that helps develop them. They are really coming together on and off the pitch,"

Tom Willis captains the side from number eight with George Head, Beck Cutting and Nick Rigby making up the front row.

Josh Basham and Alex Coles start in the second row while Willis is joined by Aaron Hinkley and Richard Capstick in the back row.

Ollie Fox starts at scrumhalf while Kieran Wilkinson again plays at number 10. Ollie Hassell-Collins had originally been due to start against France before being ruled out with sickness, however, having recovered is named at fullback.

Cadan Murley, who came in as a late replacement for Hassell-Collins against France and scored twice, also keeps his place and partners Cameron Redpath in midfield.

Tom de Glanville gets a first start at U18 level for England with Tom Seabrook playing on the opposite wing.

"It was always the plan to give everyone as much game time as we can, so we want to give every player a start out here as it’s a development tour," Walton said.

"We want them all to have a start each before we play South Africa Schools in the final game,"

England Under-18: Ollie Hassell-Collins, Tom Seabrook, Cadan Murley, Cameron Redpath, Tom de Glanville, Kieran Wilkinson, Ollie Fox, Tom Willis (captain), Aaron Hinkley, Richard Capstick, Alex Coles, Josh Basham, Nick Rigby, Beck Cutting, George Head.
Replacements: Tom Rowland, Will Capon, Joe Heyes, James Scott, Sam Moore, Will Porter, Sam Spink,Nick David.

Date: Tuesday, August 15
Venue: Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl
Kick-off: 14.00 (12.00 GMT, 13.00 UK Time)
Referee: TBC