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Hurrell and Forsyth start for Eng U-18s

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Tigers Academy players Will Hurrell and Andy Forsyth will start for England U-18s when they take on France in the second game of the Six Nations Festival this Saturday.

Forsyth was a try-scorer in England’s opening win over Italy on Wednesday, as was Tigers scrum-half Sam Harrison, who is named among the replacements for the clash with the French.

Coach Alex Sanderson has made a handful of changes, including an all new front row and half-back combination for the 2.30pm kick-off at the Cork Institute of Technology.

“We have made several changes to the starting line-up,” said Sanderson. “This is because we have to start every player in this tournament and also because of the very short time in between games, we have to keep all the players fresh and sharp. This is also a different game and a different opponent so some of the changes made are strategic as well.”

England go into the match on the back of an impressive 78-8 victory over Italy, while their opponents France lost out 10-8 to Scotland in their opening fixture.

Sanderson added: “France are a very proud squad and I know they will be desperate to get a win. We are expecting a bit of a backlash after their defeat.

“The game against Italy was a good performance but we are striving for that perfect performance. We will go into this game with the same mindset and goals as we did before and hopefully by doing that the win will take care of itself.”

England U-18s

1 Joe Marler (Richmond College & Harlequins)
2 Jamie George (Haileybury & Saracens)
3 Mako Vunipola (Millfield & Bristol Rugby)
4 Tom Holmes (Sandbach & Sale Sharks)
5 James Gaskell (Sandbach & Sale Sharks)
6 Rob Milligan (Rugby School & Northampton Saints)
7 Jacob Rowan (Bradford GS & Leeds Carnegie)
8 Alex Gray (Barnard Castle & Newcastle Falcons)

9 Jordi Pasqualin (The King’s School Gloucs & Gloucester Rugby)
10  Rory Clegg (Barnard Castle & Newcastle Falcons)
11 Sam Smith (Cranleigh & Harlequins)
12 Tom Casson (Sedbergh & Sale Sharks) C
13 Andy Forsyth (QEGS Wakefield & Leicester Tigers)
14 Will Hurrell (Wyggeston & QE1 College & Leicester Tigers)

15 Tom Catterick (Barnard Castle & Newcastle Falcons)


16 Lee Imiolek (Myerscough College & Sale Sharks)
17 David Blackwell (Hartpury College & Gloucester Rugby)
18 James Currie (Millfield & Bath Rugby)
19 Joe Quinn (St Wilfred's School & Leeds Carnegie)
20 Joe Trayfoot (Epsom College & Harlequins)
21 Joe Barker (QEGS Wakefield & Leeds Carnegie)
22 Sam Harrison (John Cleveland College & Leicester Tigers)
23 Freddie Burns (Bath College & Bath Rugby)
24 Tom Homer (Milton Abbey & London Irish)
25 Christian Wade (RGS High Wycombe & London Wasps)
26 Jack Wallace (RGS High Wycombe & London Wasps)

England U-18s Six Nations Festival fixtures

Wales, March 2, Sixways, Worcester, WON 25-15
Italy, March 26, Temple Hill Cork, WON 78-8
France, March 29, Cork Institute of Technology, kick-off 2.30pm
Scotland, April 1, Musgrave Park Cork, kick-off 2.30pm