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Four Wasps named in England U18 squad

Four young members of the London Wasps Academy and Apprenticeship programme have been named in the England U18 provisional squad for the 2011/12 season.

Gus Jones is one of the players named in the England U18 squad

Gus Jones is one of the players named in the England U18 squad

David Hughes, Gus Jones, Alex Lundberg and Beno Obano are all named in the squad.

David Hughes has come through the traditional development streams at the club, identified first with the Oxfordshire/Wasps Schools of Rugby (SOR) aged U13 and with the EDPG group with Academy Manager, Rob Smith based at Henley RFC. Overlooked at U16 divisional, David enrolled with the London Wasps Academy Apprenticeship (AASE - now based at Henley College) and has made exceptional progress unter the tutelage of Mark Lock.

Rob Smith said: "David is a lock forward with outstanding athletic ability, with very good size, speed, strength and power. Coming from a background rugby development environment which was not too demanding, David worked hard in his first year on the AASE and has in a very short time progressed massively resulting in this selection for England U18’s which is of great credit to him."

Gus Jones was also first identified via the Oxforshire/Wasps SOR aged U13. He trains now at the Wasps Twyford Avenue EPDG base with Chris Lloyd, schooling at Eton College where he plays most of his games. An outstanding openside flanker with high energy and exceptional skill, Gus also has a great team dynamic, work ethic and leadership skills. Rob Smith said: "This selection is richly deserved due to hours of dedicated, high quality training Gus has put in over a number of seasons."

Alex Lundberg has gained his selection after strong performances at loosehead Prop with the full England U16 squad last season and comes into the England U18 squad a year early. Indentified into the Wasps/Middlesex SOR and then the Twyford based EPDG as an U13 age band player, it is a particular delight that Alex has developed through the Wasps FC youth and minis structure where, along with his school Hampton School, he has gained his match programme and early development, to now achieve this outstanding playing performance level. Alex only moved to prop late last season and was originally selected as a back row for the England U16 squad.

Beno Obano was indentified through the Wasps/Middlesex SOR aged U14 and this was followed by promotion into the Wasps EPDG under the guidance of Chris Lloyd. Beno has been selected into the England U18 squad as a tight-head prop/hooker and has achieved this a year early. Rob Smith said: "Beno missed out on Divisional/England U16 selection last season due to injury and I am very pleased to see a full recovery and this has not interupted his progress. Beno is an exceptional player with strong ball carrying qualities."

England U18 provisional squad 2011/12
Name (School & Club)
Jake Armstrong (Woodhouse Grove & Leeds Carnegie)
Josh Buggea (Hartpury College & Worcester Warriors)
Joel Conlon (Ivybridge Community College & Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Ellis (Millfield & Bath Rugby)
Danny Hobbs (Moulton College & Northampton Saints)
David Hughes (Twyford C& E High School & London Wasps)
Maro Itoje (Harrow School & Saracens)
Sam James (Bishops Storford & Saracens)
Gus Jones (Eton College & London Wasps)
Jonny Kenny (Kings Macclesfield & Sale Sharks)
Alex Lundberg (Hampton & London Wasps)
Max Northcote-Green (Millfied & Bath Rugby)
Beno Obano (Dulwich College & London Wasps)
Steven Uren (Filton College & Bristol Rugby)
Scott Wilson (Sedbergh School & Newcastle Falcons)

Callum Braley (Hartpury College & Bristol Rugby)
Billy Burns (Hartpury College & Gloucester Rugby)
Nick Carpenter (Filton College & Bristol Rugby)
Tom Chapman (Colfe’s School & Saracens)
Oliver Cicognini (Ermysteads Grammar School & Leeds Carnegie)
Oliver Claxton (Adams Grammar School & Worcester Warriors)
Tom Collins (Moulton College & Northampton Saints)
Zach Kibirige (Yarm School & Newcastle Falcons)#
Charlie Kingsman (Kings Canterbury School & Saracens)
Sam Olver (Oundle School & Northampton Saints)
Javiah Pohe (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st & Leicester Tigers)
Tom Stephenson (Moulton College & Northampton Saints)
Josh Watkins (Bromsgrove School & Worcester Warriors)
Tony Watson (St Georges College & London Irish)