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Two young Saints in England U18s squad

Two young Saints are heading to South Africa next month with the England U18s as they take part in the Aon U18 International Series.

Saints duo Josh Gillespie and Jack Hughes will both link up with the England squad next month and will be based at Stellenbosch Academy of Sport ahead of fixtures against France (Friday 10 August, KO 1.15pm BST), Wales (Tuesday 14 August, KO 1.15pm BST) and South Africa Schools (Saturday 18 August, KO 1.05pm BST).

The youngsters will link up with a squad of predominantly U17s with only five players named in the squad having previous experience of international rugby at U18s level. 

The 26-man squad will be coached by Steve Bates and Jim Mallinder, who will be assisted by Mark Luffman and Nick Kennedy.

ENGLAND U18s

BACKS
Lennox Anyanwu - Harlequins (Christ's Hospital)
George Barton - Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School)
Jack Bates - Bristol Bears (SGS Filton)
Phil Cokanasiga - London Irish (St Pauls College)
Tom Curtis - Sale Sharks (Sedbergh School)
Josh Gillespie - Northampton Saints (Millfield School)
Josh Hallett - Saracens (New Hall School)
Will Haydon-Wood - Newcastle Falcons (Sedbergh School)
Louis Lynagh - Harlequins (Hampton School)
Callum Pascoe - Newcastle Falcons (Gosforth Academy)
Raphael Quirke - Sale Sharks (St Ambrose College)
Tom Roebuck - Sale Sharks (Wirral Grammar)

FORWARDS
Alfie Barbeary - Wasps (Bloxham School)
Harvey Beaton - Saracens (Sutton Valence)
Jack Clement - Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College)
Harry Dugmore - Harlequins (Whitgift School)
George Hammond -  Harlequins (Whitgift School)
Jack Hughes - Northampton Saints (Uppingham School)
George Martin - Leicester Tigers (Brooksby Melton College)
Nahum Merigan - Bath Rugby (Beechen Cliff School)
Rowan Mullis – Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College)
Chunya Munga - London Irish (Leighton Park School)
Sam Riley - Harlequins (St George's Weybridge)
Fin Rossiter - London Irish (Wellington College)
Archie Smeaton - Yorkshire Carnegie (Hymers College)
James Whitcombe - Leicester Tigers (Woodhouse Grove)

AON U18 INTERNATIONAL SERIES FIXTURES
Friday, 10 August 2018 (at Boland Landbou)
1.15pm BST - England v France
3pm BST - SA Schools v Wales

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 (at Stellenberg)
1.15pm BST - Wales v England
3pm - SA Schools v France

Saturday, 18 August 2018 (at SACS)
11.15am BST - France vs Wales
1.05pm BST - SA Schools vs England