Falcons quartet in for England Under-19s

Friday 05 April 2019 Written by: Adam

Will Haydon-Wood starts at fly-half, Josh Hodge is at full-back and Will Montgomery packs down at lock, while Freddie Lockood is among the replacements.

Sunday’s game is a 2pm kick-off and is being televised live in the UK on S4C.

The development fixture is a continuation of England’s Under-18s programme which began with a three-game tour to South Africa, before U18s matches against Scotland and France earlier in March. England will also host the 2019 U18 Six Nations festival later in April at Hartpury College and University.

The U18s are led by pathway performance coaches Mallinder and Steve Bates, alongside consultant coaches Mark Luffman, Sean Marsden and Jonathan Fisher. U20 coach James Scaysbrook, who is part of the coach development programme agreement between England Rugby and Premiership Rugby, will take charge of defence on Sunday.

Mallinder said: “This fixture gives us a really good opportunity to see a number of players who have either not played too much Under-20s rugby during the Six Nations or our Under-18s players with September birthdays who are too old for the Under-18s Six Nations festival and will be pushing to get into the Under-20s Elite Player Squad next season.

“We have some really good individuals in the squad and the challenge is to use the limited time we have in training to come together on Sunday and play well, enjoy ourselves as well as look like a cohesive team.

“Whenever you see an England-Wales match at any level there is always that fierce rivalry and we know Sunday will be no different. Wales are well-organised at age-grade level and we know it will be a real challenge for this group but it is one we’re looking forward to.”

**England U19s**

15 Josh Hodge, Newcastle Falcons

14 Louis Lynagh, Harlequins (Hampton School)

13 Harry Barlow, Harlequins

12 Jack Reeves, Gloucester Rugby

11 Jacob Morris, Gloucester Rugby

10 Will Haydon-Wood, Newcastle Falcons (Sedbergh School)

9 Jonny Law, Leicester Tigers (Rugby School)

1 Bevan Rodd, Sale Sharks

2 Alfie Barbeary, Wasps (Bloxham School)

3 Cal Ford, Sale Sharks

4 Will Montgomery, Newcastle Falcons

5 Hugh Tizard, Harlequins

6 Joe Howard, Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College)

7 Izaiha Moore-Aiono, London Irish

8 Rusiate Tuima, Exeter Chiefs


16 Ben Atkins London Irish

17 Zac Nearchou, Wasps (Radley College)

18 James Whitcombe, Leicester Tigers (Woodhouse Grove)

19 Freddie Lockwood, Newcastle Falcons (Barnard Castle)

20 Jack Clement, Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College)

21 Raphael Quirke, Sale Sharks (St Ambrose College)

22 Tom Curtis, Sale Sharks (Sedbergh School)

23 Josh Gillespie, Northampton Saints (Millfield School)