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Hampshire's Joe Batley and Joe Marchant have both been named in the England Under 18 party for the two-week summer tour to South Africa next month writes Brian Seeney.

 

Batley, currently with Hartpury College & Gloucester Rugby, played for County age groups having started out with Gosport & Fareham RFC, whilst Marchant is a former County age group and Winchester RFC player, now with Peter Symonds & Harlequins.

 

England Coaches John Fletcher and Pete Walton take the group of 26 to South Africa to play Wales, France and South Africa across the Western Cape.

 

England go ito the tour after winning their European Championship title last April, beating Ireland 30-14 in the final in Poland, with Batley getting the man-of-the-match award.

 

 

 

Above: Marchant (left) and Batley.

 

Fletcher is looking to uild on those performances next month.

 

"We're looking forward to heading out there – it's a significant part of our programme, and playing these three countries will be a huge challenge," he said.

 

"Playing South Africa in their own back yard is one of the toughest things you can do in rugby, but it's something we're looking forward to.

 

"Touring is huge for these players – it takes them out of their comfort zones and the proof is in the pudding. The vast majority of the Under 20s who have won back-to-back World Cups toured the southern hemisphere with the Under 18s, so it definitely stands them in good stead."

 

The full squad is:

Forwards (14)
Lewis Boyce (Prince Henry's & Leeds Carnegie)
Owen Hills (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
James Fish (Trent College & Northampton Saints)
Ollie Adams (St Pauls Catholic College & London Irish)
Seb Adeniran-Olule (Wellington College & Harlequins)
Ciaran Parker (St Ambrose & Sale Sharks)
Joe Batley (Hartpury College & Gloucester Rugby)
Kieran Treadwell (John Fisher & Harlequins)
Joe Maksymiw (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
George Nott (Kings School Chester & Sale Sharks)
Charlie Beckett (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
Lewis Ludlam (St Joseph's College & Northampton Saints)
Sam Underhill (Sir Thomas Rich's School & Gloucester Rugby)
Henry Cheeseman (Whitgift & Harlequins).

 

Backs (12)
Will Homer (Sherborne School & Bath Rugby)
Rory Jennings (Bryanston School & Bath Rugby)
Theo Brophy Clews (Abingdon School & London Irish)
Cameron Cowell (St Pauls College & London Irish)
Kai Little (Hartpury College & Exeter Chiefs)
Harry Mallinder (Rugby School & Northampton Saints)
Max Clark (Bryanston School & Bath Rugby)
Rotimi Segun (Stowe School & Northampton Saints)
Brett Herron (Wellington College & Bath Rugby)
Joe Marchant (Peter Symonds & Harlequins)
Ollie Thorley (Cheltenham College & Gloucester Rugby)
Taylor Prell (Giggleswick School & Leeds).

 

SARU Under 18 International Fixtures 2014 (all times local) are:

Friday 15 August 2014 - City Park, Cape Town
1200 Italy v WP XV
1400 England v Wales
1600 South Africa v France.

Tuesday 19 August 2014 - Outeniqua Park, George
1200 Italy v SWD Craven Week XV
1400 England v France
1600 South Africa v Wales.

Saturday 23 August 2014 - Paul Roos Markotter, Stellenbosch
12h00 Italy v SARU Academy XV
14h00 France v Wales
16h00 South Africa v England.

 

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