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Sleightholme debuts for England Under-18s in Wales

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England U18s head coach John Fletcher has named Ollie Sleightholme among his side to face Wales at Sardis Road in Pontypridd on Sunday (4.15pm KO).

Just a week after signing his first professional contract with the Club, Sleightholme has been handed his first appearance in the white jersey during the side's final game before the Six Nations Festival gets underway.

England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher said: “It’s really exciting to be playing in Wales, it’s a great test, we like the atmosphere and it is a good environment for the players to perform in.

“The aim is always to be better and to improve. As ever we want the players to express themselves both sides of the ball. We want the players to try things and not to be fearful about making mistakes. We want them to explore and bring their strengths to the game.”

ENGLAND U18s TEAM TO FACE WALES
Sunday 25 March, 2018
Sardis Road, Pontypridd
Kick-off 4.15pm

15 Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks)
14 Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints)
13 Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors)
12 Jack Reeves (Gloucester Rugby)
11 Jacob Morris (Gloucester Rugby)
10 Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby)
9 Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti (Newcastle Falcons)

1 Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby)
2 Will Capon (Bristol Rugby)
3 Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs) 
4 Tom Jeanes (Bath Rugby)
5 Rouban Birch (Sale Sharks)
6 Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs)
7 Sam Dugdale (Sale Sharks)
8 Tom Marshall (Newcastle Falcons)

Replacements
16 Kapeli Pifeleti (Saracens)
17 Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks)
18 Jack Bartlett (Gloucester Rugby)
19 JJ Tonks (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Rus Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)
21 Blake Boyland (Bristol Rugby)
22 Will Simonds (Wasps)
23 Reece Dunn (Gloucester Rugby)