Hogg to captain England U18s

Tuesday 02 April 2024 Written by: Tom Grisedale

Newcastle Falcons back-five forward Patrick Hogg will captain the England Under-18s side when they take Scotland in round two of the 2024 U18s men’s six nations rugby festival.

Hogg starts at blind-side flanker with club-mate and prop-forward Sam Graham also named on the bench.

The encounter takes place this Wednesday April 3, kicking-off at 12:15pm UK-time at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma, Italy.

Hogg and Graham were part of the side that dramatically beat Wales 36-35 in the last minute on Saturday March 30, with the former scoring England’s opening try.

The festival is a key phase of the England Rugby Men’s pathway for players and coaches to evolve and flourish on the international stage, with equal playing opportunities for each union with three 70-minute fixtures across three matchdays.

This year’s edition is the third successive staging of the U18 age-grade festival, which incorporates the Unions of Portugal and Georgia for the first time.

England U18s head coach, Jonathan Pendlebury said: “We were extremely proud of the resilience shown by the entire squad to work back into the game and come away with the victory against Wales.

They all showed learning and understanding in managing a difficult period and it was fantastic to see the brotherhood on display.

“We know that another learning opportunity awaits us in our next match against Scotland. They overcame a strong Georgia side in the opening round, so will be heading into our fixture full of confidence.

“The experiences that the players are picking up is invaluable, and Wednesday’s match is no different.”

England U18 Men team to face Scotland (includes current club, school and community club):

15 George Pearson (Midlands Central, City of Oxford College, Buckingham RUFC)

14 Finn Newton (Saracens, Haileybury, Hertford RFC)

13 Fraser Rawlins (Saracens, Haileybury, Saracens)

12 Felix Bateman-Champain (Harlequins, Worth School, East Grinstead RFC)

11 Rafe Witheat (Northampton Saints, Stowe School, Ampthill RUFC)

10 James Linegar (Bath Rugby, Kingswood School, Chippenham RFC)

9 Lucas Friday (Harlequins, Trinity School, Bromley RFC)

1 Jamie Miller (Harlequins, Whitgift School, Battersea Ironsides Rugby Club)

2 George Knowles (Midlands West, Hereford Cathedral School, Ledbury Rugby Club)

3 Ollie Streeter (Harlequins, Gordon’s School, Haywards Heath RFC)

4 Elliot Williams (Harlequins, Gordon’s School, London Irish Amateur RFC)

5 Aiden Ainsworth-Cave (Northampton Saints, Bedford School, Bedford Blues RFC)

6 Patrick Hogg (c) (Newcastle Falcons, Durham School, Blaydon Rugby Club)

7 Seb Kelly (Sale Sharks, Kirkham Grammar, Rochdale RUFC)

8 Olly Allport (Gloucester Rugby, Dean Close College, Stow-on-the-wold & District RFC)


16 Jimmy Staples (Harlequins, Seaford School, Worthing Rugby Club)

17 Josh Mann (Exeter Chiefs, Truro College, Penzance & Newlyn RFC)

18 Sam Graham (Newcastle Falcons, Durham School, Durham City Rugby Football Club)

19 Jonno Balding (Gloucester Rugby, Radley College, Overton RFC)

20 Connor Treacey (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff, New Milton RFC)

21 Solomon Shand (Gloucester Rugby, Hartpury College, Aylesbury RFC)

22 Jonny Weimann (Northampton Saints, Bedford School, Royston Rugby Club)

23 Israel Akinrowo (Exeter Chiefs, Exeter College, Devenport Services RFC)

24 Nick Lilley (Exeter Chiefs, Exeter College, Ivybridge RFC)

25 Tyler Offiah (London & South Central, Wellington College, Ealing Trailfinders)

26 Dan Green (Sale Sharks, St Ambrose School, Bowdon RUFC)

England U18 Men’s Festival Fixtures:

Each team will play 1 x 70min match on each match day, with four matches taking place each day.

Matchday 1 (Saturday 30th March)

England 36-35 Wales

Matchday 2 (Wednesday 3rd April)

Scotland v England (12:15 BST kick-off)

Matchday 3 (Sunday 7th April)

England v Georgia (14:30 BST kick-off)