Andy Short is set to travel to South Africa in July and August
Worcester Warriors Academy star Andy Short - a product of the AASE scheme at Sixways Stadium - is set to be part of the England Under 18s side that travels to South Africa in July and August for a Development Tour.
The England Under 18s side completed a clean sweep of wins in this season's Five Nations Festival and National Academy Coaches John Fletcher and Peter Walton have named a squad of 26 players based on that set-up.
England, who defeated Scotland twice, Japan High Schools, Italy and Wales this season will play three matches in South Africa against Western Province on August 1st, Boland on August 4th and South Africa Schools on August 8th.
England U18s Head Coach Fletcher said: "Development tours like this are crucial to the progress of talented young players at this age. Although playing in the Five Nations Festival is hugely important, players also need to compete against the Southern Hemisphere teams as well. They are some of the strongest sides around and our players need to get used to travelling and touring as that is what happens in international rugby.
"This is without doubt going to be a very demanding tour. South African youth and age grade rugby is as good as any in the world and their school and academy structures are very strong."
England U18s squad:
FORWARDS: Harry Allen Saracens Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar, Peter Austin London Irish St Paul's Catholic College, Ryan Bower Leicester Tigers John Cleveland College, Rob Buchanan Harlequins St Bedes School, Matt Everard Leicester Tigers Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st, Ben Glynn Bristol Rugby Filton College, Alex Gray Newcastle Falcons Barnard Castle, Sam Jones London Wasps Aylesbury Grammar, Charlie Matthews Harlequins Hurstpeirpoint College, Henry Thomas Unattached Millfield School, Joe Trayfoot Harlequins Epsom College, Sam Twomey Harlequins Dulwich College, Billy Vunipola Unattached Castle School, Mako Vunipola Bristol Rugby Millfield School
BACKS: Joe Cobden Leicester Tigers King Edward VI School, Sam Edgerley London Irish Wellington College, Owen Farrell Saracens St Georges School, George Ford Leicester Tigers Rishworth School, Ryan Glynn Sale Sharks Sedbergh School, Jonathan Joseph London Irish Millfield School, Jake Sharp Saracens Oaklands College , Andy Short Worcester Warriors Worcester 6th Form College, Sam Stuart Harlequins Sedbergh School, Christian Wade London Wasps RGS High Wycombe, Jack Wallace London Wasps RGS High Wycombe, Marcus Watson London Irish St Georges College
England U18s Playing Schedule:
1st August v Western Province Cape Town
4th August v Boland Cape Town
8th August v South Africa Schools Kimberley
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