Academy duo to start against South Africa U18

18 August 2022

Bradford on Avon RFC’s Jack Bennett and Royal Wootton Bassett RFC’s Billy Sela have been named in England Under-18s’ starting XV to play South Africa on Friday.

The duo, who hail from Monkton Combe School and Beechen Cliff School, will play blindside flanker and tighthead prop respectively, with Walcot RFC’s Raff Weston (Beechen Cliff School) among the replacements.

The three-match international series takes place in Paarl and will see the team play two games against South Africa U18s and one against a South Africa U18 A-side.

England U18 team

15 *Ioan Jones (Gloucester Rugby, Dean Close School)   
14 Tom Burton (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School) 
13 *Ben Redshaw (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School) 
12 Sean Kerr (Harlequins, Whitgift School)   
11 *Toby Cousins (Northampton Saints, Oakham School)   
10 *Rory Taylor (London Irish, Wellington College) 
9 *Archie McParland (Northampton Saints, Stowe School)   
1 Louie Trevett (Bristol Bears, Clifton College)   
2 Jacob Oliver (Newcastle Falcons, Barnard Castle School)  
3 Billy Sela (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff)   
4 Olamide Sodeke (Saracens, Gravesend Grammar School)   
5 Tom Burrow (Yorkshire Academy, Heckmondwike Grammar School)  
6 Jack Bennett (Bath Rugby, Monkton Combe School)  
7 Henry Pollock (Northampton Saints, Stowe School) CAPTAIN 
8 Barney Merrett (Saracens, Sutton Valence School)   

16 Loic Keasey (Worcester Warriors, RGS Worcester)   
17 Alex O’Driscoll (Wasps, Berkhamsted)  
18 Isaac Keller (Newcastle Falcons, Gosforth Academy) 
19 Finn Baker (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)   
20 Will Owen (Worcester Warriors, Ellesmere College) 
21 George Perkins (Leicester Tigers, Denstone College)   
22 Will Wootton (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh School)  
23 Raff Weston (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff)   
24 George Edson (Exeter Chiefs, Truro College)  
25 *Conor Byrne (Harlequins, Trinity College)  
26 *Will Glister (Wasps, City of Oxford College)   

*Capped at U18 level in the 2021/22 season

Match schedule

19 August, KO, 14:30 BST, South Africa U18 v England U18 
23 August, KO 12:30 BST, South Africa A v England U18 
27 August, KO 14:30 BST, South Africa U18 v England U18 

All games will be played at Paarl Gymnasium, 416 Main St, Courtrai, Paarl, 7646 

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