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Ford leads England for 'toughest test'

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Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford will captain England Under-18 in what is expected to be the toughest test of the season against Wales at Swansea on Sunday.

England have won their last 15 capped internationals at Under-18 level since the summer of 2007, extending the run with victories against Australia (30-28), France (33-16) and Italy (28-12) in the last three months.

Head coach John Fletcher said: “I know Wales have prepared well and had good games against Leicester's Academy side and beat Scotland well, so we'll be expecting a very tough game.

"We've had a good season so far, we've built up some momentum and Wales will be a real challenge, which is what it's all about."

Ospreys starlet Tom Prydie, who became the youngest ever Wales cap when he appeared against Italy at the age of 18 years 27 days last weekend, is named in the hosts’ side.

England Under-18
15 Ben Ransom (Tonbridge & Saracens)
14 Marland Yarde (Whitgift & London Irish)
13 Elliot Daly (Whitgift & London Wasps)
12 Ryan Mills (Hartpury Coll & Gloucester)
11 Charlie Walker (Oakham School)
10 George Ford (Rishworth & Leicester Tigers, captain)
9 Joel Hodgson (RGS Newcastle & Newcastle Falcons)
1 Nick Auterac (Oaklands College & Saracens)
2 Koree Britton (Ivybridge Coll & Exeter Chiefs)
3 Anthony Brennan (Twyford CofE & London Wasps)
4 Dominic Barrow (Prince Henry's GS Otley & Leeds Carnegie)
5 Sam Twomey (Dulwich Coll & Harlequins)
6 Billy Vunipola (Harrow & London Wasps)
7 Chris Walker (Prince Henry's GS Otley & Leeds Carnegie)
8 Matt Kvesic (Worcester Sixth Form Coll & Worcester Warriors)

16 Nathan Moris (Sedbergh & Newcastle Falcons)
17 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Truro Coll & Exeter Chiefs)
18 Kyle Sinckler (Epsom Coll & Harlequins)
19 George Merrick (Whitgift & Harlequins)
20 Will Skuse (Bryanston & Bath Rugby)
21 Dan Robson (Hartpury Coll & Gloucester Rugby)
22 Chris Elder (RGS High Wycombe & London Wasps)
23 Mark Jennings (Lymm HS & Sale Sharks)