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Lavin starts for England Under-18s

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Back-rower Henri Lavin will make his first starting appearance for England Under-18s in the second match of the Six Nations Festival on Wednesday.

England Under-18s head coach John Fletcher includes Lavin at flanker in the side to play Italy at Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off at noon) while his Leicester Tigers team-mate George Martin is included among the replacements.

Fletcher makes 11 changes to the team that lost 32-27 to Scotland in the opening game of the Festival on Saturday.

He said: “We’ve reflected on the Scotland game and we know we have to be better. The players were bitterly disappointed to lose, however often the best learning comes from defeat, especially at this age, and I expect us to be better on Wednesday.

“This is a different group of players, we’ve made lots of changes to give all the players equal opportunities to play and are excited to see this team go and show what we’re about against a good Italian side who were really unfortunate to lose to Ireland in the last kick of the game.”

England Under-18s
15 Josh Hodge - Newcastle Falcons (Sedbergh School)
14 Ollie Sleightholme - Northampton Saints Northampton School for Boys
13 Connor Doherty - Sale Sharks (Kirkham Grammar School)
12 Will Simonds - Wasps (The Henley College)
11 Harry Barlow  - Harlequins (Cranleigh School)
10 George Barton Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School)
9 Callum Pascoe - Newcastle Falcons (Gosforth Academy)
1 Lewis Holsey  - Worcester Warriors (Solihull School
2 Samson Ma'asi - Northampton Saints (St Josephs)
3 Cal Ford - Sale Sharks (Sandbach School)
4 Will Montgomery - Newcastle Falcons (Kirkbie Kendal School)
5 Ben Donnell - London Irish (Peter Symonds College)
6 Henri Lavin - Leicester Tigers (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth College)
7 JJ Tonks - Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College)
8 Rus Tuima - Exeter Chiefs (Exeter College)

16 Alfie Barbeary - Wasps (Bloxham School)
17 Bevan Rodd - Sale Sharks (Sedbergh School)
18 Jack Bartlett - Gloucester Rugby            
19 George Martin - Leicester Tigers (Brooksby Melton College)
20 Ted  Leatherbarrow - Sale Sharks (Kirkham Grammar School)
21 Rob Farrar - Newcastle Falcons (Sedbergh School)
22 Blake Boyland - Bristol Rugby (SGS College)
23 Reece Dunn - Gloucester Rugby (St Peter's High School)
24 Jacob Morris - Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College)
25 Manu Vunipola - Saracens (Harrow School)
26 Jack Reeves  - Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College)