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Academy Duo Set For U18s Opener

Published on 08th August 2013 by Tom Tainton

Nick Carpenter is named in the midfield as England U18s prepare for the opening game of the South Africa tour, taking on South Africa Schools on Friday (2.30pm KO).

The Academy centre is included in the starting line up, while Ellis Genge is among the replacements.

“We know that they are strong side,” said Head Coach John Fletcher. “They tend to be big up front and have some quick backs. But saying that, we have a big pack and we’re looking forward to the game massively.

“It’s been pretty wet since we got here but the lads have trained well. It’s a good experience for them, and it’s a new experience for most of them. But this is the first of our three games and we’re looking to start well."