Falcons prop in for England Under-18s

Friday 12 April 2019 Written by: Adam

The game is a 12.10pm kick-off at Hartpury and will be shown live in the UK on FreeSports TV as the Under-18s Six Nations Festival gets underway.

Saturday’s game is followed by matches against against Ireland (Wednesday, 1.40pm) and France (Sunday April 21, 1.40pm).

England U18s are led by pathway performance coach Mallinder, and consultant coaches Jonathan Fisher (London Irish), Mark Luffman (Darlington Mowden Park) and Sean Marsden (Bristol Bears) for the season.

The festival, which is being hosted by England Rugby at Hartpury University and College, will see three sets of fixtures at Gillman’s Ground, Sixways Stadium and Kingsholm, all live via FreeSports TV.

Players, coaches and management will also have access to a range of off-field experiences and development opportunities in between match activity during the 10 days.

Mallinder said: “It’s been a few weeks since this age group last met up to play Scotland when we had a good win, and the challenge for the team now is to quickly switch on to how we want to play.

“I want us to play with a real intent on Saturday, I’m hoping the weather is good, we’ve trained today and the pitches look firm and wide so I want us to go out and play some really good attacking rugby but also, when we are defending, to have a strong desire to get the ball back.

“I think it’s brilliant for the players to get this festival experience. We’ve seen all the different teams arrive here on campus in Hartpury. It’s exciting for the players to see their opposition in and around the site, some of whom they know from club rugby, but most of whom they are not too familiar with and I think it’s good that they will not only play against them but spend some time with them off the pitch also.”

**England U18s side**

15 Joe Carpenter, Yorkshire Carnegie (Woodhouse Grove)

14 Joe Browning, Leicester Tigers (Denstone College)

13 Louis Hillman-Cooper, Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College)

12 Orlando Bailey, Bath Rugby (Beechen Cliff School)

11 Tom Roebuck, Sale Sharks (Wirral Grammar)

10 Tom Curtis, Sale Sharks (Sedbergh School)

9 Jack van Poortvliet, Leicester Tigers (Oakham School)

1 Harry Fry, Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College)

2 Sam Riley, Harlequins (St George’s Weybridge)

3 Fin Baxter, Harlequins (Wellington College)

4 George Martin, Leicester Tigers (Brooksby Melton College)

5 Archie Benson, Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School)

6 Jack Clement, Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College)

7 Josh Gray, Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School)

8 Nahum Merigan, Bath Rugby (Beechen Cliff School)


16 John Stewart, Bath Rugby (Beechen Cliff School)

17 Phil Brantingham, Newcastle Falcons (Royal Grammar School)

18 Luke Green, London Irish (St Paul’s Catholic College)

19 Ewan Richards, Bath Rugby (Millfield School)

20 Will Trenholm, Harlequins (Cranleigh School)

21 Raphael Quirke, Sale Sharks (St Ambrose College)

22 Phil Cokanasiga, London Irish (St Pauls College)

23 George Worboys, Bath Rugby (Beechen Cliff)