Five from Falcons in England U18s squad

Monday 08 August 2022 Written by: Adam

Finn Baker, Tom Burton, Isaac Keller, Jacob Oliver and Ben Redshaw have all been included in Jonathan Pendlebury’s 26-man squad, Keller being the latest Falcon to join up after replacing Tye Raymont of Yorkshire Academy/Bishop Burton School.

Speaking on the announcement, Newcastle Falcons’ head of academy James Ponton said: “We’ve got Ben Redshaw, Finn Baker and Tom Burton from Sedbergh, Jacob Oliver from Barnard Castle and Isaac Keller from Gosforth Academy.

“Isaac is a loose-head prop, Jake is a hooker, Finn is a lock, Tom is a winger and Ben can play a number of positions. It will be a great experience for them over in South Africa, and I’m sure they’ll go well.”

The three-match international series takes place in Paarl and will see the team play two games against South Africa Under-18s and one against a South Africa Under-18 A-side.

Head coach, Jonathan Pendlebury, speaking ahead of the tour said: “This is an exciting tour for the players who have worked hard with their academies throughout the summer in preparation.

“We have almost a week together in South Africa to train and I know the players are really ready to make the most of the opportunities to continue learning. We are keen to explore what representing England at U18 age group level overseas is like versus facing opposition on home soil.”


19 August, KO, 14.30 BST – South Africa U18 v England U18

23 August, KO, 12.00 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


**Finn Baker (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)**

Jack Bennett (Bath Rugby, Monkton Combe School)

Tom Burrow (Yorkshire Academy, Heckmondwike Grammar School)

**Tom Burton (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)**

*Conor Byrne (Harlequins, Trinity College)

Frank Chatterton (Sale Sharks, Stockport Grammar School)

*Toby Cousins (Northampton Saints, Oakham School)

George Edson (Exeter Chiefs, Truro College)

*Will Glister (Wasps, City of Oxford College)

*Ioan Jones (Gloucester Rugby, Dean Close School)

Loic Keasey (Worcester Warriors, RGS Worcester)

**Isaac Keller (Newcastle Falcons, Gosforth Academy)**

Sean Kerr (Harlequins, Whitgift School)

*Archie McParland (Northampton Saints, Stowe School)

Barney Merrett (Saracens, Sutton Valence School)

Alex O’Driscoll (Wasps, Berkhamsted)

**Jacob Oliver (Newcastle Falcons, Barnard Castle School)**

George Perkins (Leicester Tigers, Denstone College)

Henry Pollock (Northampton Saints, Stowe School)

***Ben Redshaw (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)**

Billy Sela (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff)

Olamide Sodeke (Saracens, Gravesend Grammar School)

*Rory Taylor (London Irish, Wellington College)

Louie Trevett (Bristol Bears, Clifton College)

Raff Weston (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff)

Will Wootton (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh School)

*Capped at U18 level in the 2021-22 season.