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Eng U-18s tour features four Tigers

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Leicester Tigers will be well represented when England U-18s tour Argentina this summer.

Four members of next year’s academy set-up have been named in former Newcastle boss’ John Fletcher’s first national squad.

Andrew Forsyth, Sam Harrison and Will Hurrell all keep their places after impressive performances in the recent Six Nations Festival, while academy newcomer Joe Cobden, who joins Tigers ahead of next season, is also included.

The squad of 32 will play four games against Mendoza, Tucuaman, Buenos Aires and an international test against Argentina. The dates and venues for these fixtures are still to be confirmed but England will be in Argentina from July 14 to August 6.

The England team head into the development tour with 25 players who helped them to a Grand Slam of victories in the Six Nations Festival in Cork.

“Going to Argentina is a tremendous opportunity and a fantastic development vehicle for these players,” said Fletcher. “It’s going to be a tough development camp as Argentinean sides and Argentina themselves are known for being strong upfront and being passionate about their rugby.

“For me, this is my first experience of working with the U-18s and I’m really looking forward to spending a concentrated period of time with them. I have seen all the U-18s games this season and I have been very impressed. They are clearly a very strong squad.

“We have also called up some of the Under 18s AER and U-16s players who have proved themselves this season. This will be the start of the process for them, and it will be an outstanding opportunity for them to learn on the next rung of the ladder.”

England U-18s development tour squad

**Peter Austin            London Irish               Worthing College
*Joe Barker                Leeds Carnegie        QEGS Wakefield
*David Blackwell       Gloucester Rugby     Hartpury
*James Currie           Bath Rugby                Millfield
*James  Gaskell       Sale Sharks               Sandbach
*Jamie George          Saracens                   Haileybury
*Jamie Gibson          London Irish               Marlborough College
*Alex Gray                   Newcastle Falcons   Barnard Castle
*Tom Holmes            Sale Sharks               Sandbach
*Lee Imiolek               Sale Sharks               Sandbach
***Sam Jones            London Wasps          Aylesbury Grammar School
*Joe Marler                 Harlequins     
*Rob Milligan             Northampton Saints  Rugby School
*Jacob Rowan           Leeds Carnegie        Bradford Grammar
*Joe Trayfoot              Harlequins                  Epsom College
*Mako Vunipola         Bristol Rugby             Millfield

*Freddie Burns          Bath Rugby                 Bath College
*Tom Casson            Sale Sharks               Sedbergh
*Tom Catterick           Newcastle Falcons   Barnard Castle
*Rory Clegg                Newcastle Falcons   Barnard Castle
***Joe Cobden           Leicester Tigers        King Edward VI Lichfield
***Sam Edgereley     London Irish               Wellington College
***Owen Farrell          Saracens                    St Georges
***George Ford          Leeds Carnegie        Rishworth
*Andy Forsyth              Leicester Tigers        QEGS Wakefield
*Sam Harrison           Leicester Tigers        John Cleveland College
*Tom Homer               London Irish               Milton Abbey
*Will Hurrell                 Leicester Tigers        Queen Elizabeth II
*Jordi Pasqualin        Gloucester Rugby     The Kings School
*Christian Wade         London Wasps          RGS High Wycombe
*Jack Wallace             London Wasps          RGS High Wycombe
**Marcus Watson       London Irish               St George’s College

* denotes England U-18s Six Nations Festival 2008
** denotes England U-18s AER 2008
*** denotes England U-16s Four Nations 2008