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England U18 face Ireland tomorrow with a starting 15 strong enough to cause their opponents a few problems, according to head coach John Fletcher.

"The squad have had a good few days training over here and were looking forward to the game," he said.

"Since the summer weve had three good camps and one game against a London Academies side which we learnt a lot from. We now have to build on all of that against a strong Ireland team, in Ireland, which is always a big task.

With an influx of new players to select from, Fletcher is happy with the strength of his current squad.

Were strong, weve trained well in the camps and the players are all on good programmes at their schools and in their regional academies, he said. But youre always going to be tested away from home against any national side.

Captain Barrow buzzing for game

Captain Dom Barrow will lead the side out tomorrow and is looking forward to the challenge: It should be a good game, it will probably be fairly physical but weve prepared really well and our camps have all gone very smoothly, so were all buzzing.

This game could set the tone for our season, we want to go out there and leave nothing in the changing room. Were quite a new team but we have a game-plan and the new players have really stepped up to the plate, so well see how we get on.

The Under 19 England Academies Squad are also in action tomorrow against their Irish counterparts and head coach Rob Hunter has named a side including London Wasps starlet Elliot Daly and Leicester Tigers fly half George Ford.

Ford will lead the side out and is hopeful of producing of a good performance: Weve got to back ourselves but Ireland will be aggressive, theyre a smart team and well have to be at our best to beat them.

I was captain of the U18 side last year and Im back with quite a few of those players for this match, so nothing changes really. This U19 age grade provides an opportunity for a lot of the lads to show what they can do ahead of selection for the U20 squad so we won't be taking it lightly.

England U18 Team to face Ireland

Player Club

15 Jack Nowell Exeter Chiefs

14 Jack Arnott Exeter Chiefs

13 Mark Jennings Sale Sharks

12 Sam Hill Exeter Chiefs

11 Anthony Watson London Irish

10 Will Hooley Northampton Saints

9 Alex Day Northampton Saints

1 Luke Cowan-Dickie Exeter Rugby

2 Nathan Morris London Wasps

3 Danny Herriott Northampton Saints

4 Dominic Barrow (C) Leeds Carnegie

5 Tom Jubb Saracens

6 Jack Clifford Harlequins

7 Matt Hankin Saracens

8 David Sisi London Irish


Player Club

16 Alec Hepburn London Wasps

17 Tom Smallbone London Irish

18 Max Crumpton Saracens

19 George Sandford London Irish

20 Gus Jones London Wasps

21 James Lightfoot-Brown London Irish

22 Mitchell Tamiau London Wasps

23 Henry Slade Exeter Chiefs

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