Dec 03, 2013
Nick Tompkins starts for England U18s
England Under 18s have named Saracens centre Nick Tompkins in their side to take on Australia Schools at Harrow School tomorrow, kick off 1.00pm.
Tompkins, who recently made a try scoring debut for the club against London Wasps in the LV=Cup – wears the number 13 shirt and Head Coach John Fletcher says that he’s excited to take on southern hemisphere opposition.
Speaking to the rfu website Fletcher said: “This is a great opportunity for our guys to go out and put in a performance against Australia. They only tour once every four years and we’re looking forward to taking them on.
“They will play an expansive game, which suits us – we like to play with the ball in hand too, so it promises to be an exciting game. It’s great to have the game streamed live on RFU.com and it will hopefully allow people to watch us play who wouldn’t normally get the chance.”
England Under 18s starting XV:
15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues); 14 Tom Fowlie (London Irish), 13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens), 12 Max Clark (Bath Rugby), 11 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints), 10 Tom Morton (Sale Sharks), 9 Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs); 1 Lewis Boyce (Leeds Carnegie), 2 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie), 3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie), 4 Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins), 5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), 6 Joe Batley (Gloucester Rugby), 7 Will Owen (Leicester Tigers), 8 James Chisholm (Harlequins) (C)
Replacements: 16 Ollie Adams (London Irish), 17 Luke Chapman (Exeter Chiefs), 18 Ciaran Parker (Sale Sharks), 19 Will Witty (Newcastle Falcons), 20 Andrew Boyce (Worcester Warriors), 21 Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby), 22 Theo Brophy-Clews (London Irish), 23 Josh Skelcey (Northampton Saints).