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Quartet in squad to face France under-18s

Four Leicester Tigers players are included in the England Under-18 line-up to face their French counterparts on Sunday.

Full-back Freddie Steward and prop James Whitcombe join captain George Martin in the starting line-up, with scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet among the replacements after making a tryscoring debut in the game against Scotland last weekend.

Whitcombe and Martin are among the contingent who also toured South Africa last August in the Aon International Series.

Head coach Jim Mallinder said: “The challenge will be integrating 23 players in a very short period of time into a winning team. I thought we did that very well last weekend with a different group and we’re looking forward to doing it again on Sunday.

“France always pride themselves on their set-piece, we know they will be physical and will play with individual flair so it will be a good challenge for us.”

England Under-18s (v France, Cheshunt RFC, Sunday 2.00pm):
15 Freddie Steward Leicester Tigers (Norwich School)

14 Louis Lynagh Harlequins (Hampton School)
13 Tom Roebuck Sale Sharks (Wirral Grammar)
12 Max Ojomoh Bath Rugby (KES Bath)
11 Josh Gillespie Northampton Saints (Millfield School)
10 George Barton Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School)
9 Raphael Quirke Sale Sharks (St Ambrose College)
1 Zac Nearchou Wasps (Radley College)
2 Alfie Barbeary Wasps (Bloxham School)
3 James Whitcombe Leicester Tigers (Woodhouse Grove)
4 George Martin Leicester Tigers (Brooksby Melton College)(c)

5 Chunya Munga London Irish (Leighton Park School)
6 Joe Howard Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College)
7 Jack Reid Harlequins (Wellington College)
8 Jack Clement Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College)

Replacements
16 Theodore Dan Saracens (Alleyn's School)
17 Luke Green London Irish (St Paul’s Catholic College)
18 James Harper Sale Sharks (Merchant Taylor's)
19 Archie Benson Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School)
20 Josh Gray Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School)
21 Jack van Poortvliet Leicester Tigers (Oakham School)
22 Tom Curtis Sale Sharks (Sedbergh School)
23 Louis Hillman-Cooper Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College)