Ahead of the final match of the 2023 U18 International Series this Saturday, 19 August, England men’s U18 head coach Jonathan Pendlebury has confirmed his matchday 23 to take on hosts South Africa. Three Kent Boys have been selected to start which Kent County RFU are extremely proud. All 3 played against France and are selected to play against South Africa on Saturday 19th August.
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Lucas Friday Harlequins Academy, Trinity School, Bromley RFC
Angus Hall Saracens Academy, Judd School, Sevenoaks
Olamide Sodeke Saracens Academy, Gravesend Grammar, Blackheath
Ahead of the final match of the 2023 U18 International Series this Saturday, 19 August, England men’s U18 head coach Jonathan Pendlebury has confirmed his matchday 23 to take on hosts South Africa.
Kepueli Tuipulotu will captain England through the fixture, which kicks off at 14:30 (BST) at Paarl Boys High School and will be streamed live via the Supersport Schools channels.
England won its first two matches of the series, recording a 41-0 win over France before a 76-15 win against Western Province XV at Stellenberg High School on Tuesday.
In tomorrow’s series finale, props Jamie Miller and Billy Sela join Tuipulotu in England’s front row with Junior Kpoku and Olamide Sodeke packing behind them at lock.
The back row sees Ronan Daniell, Charlie West and Solomon Shand combine.
Lucas Friday and Ollie Davies are the side’s starting halves while Toby Baker and Nick Lilley continue their partnership in the midfield.
Following a hat-trick of tries against Western Province, Jack Bracken starts at fullback with Charlie Griffin and Angus Hall outside him on the wings.