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Two Wasps named in England U18s squad for South Africa tour

Tom Howe and Alex Lundberg have been named in the squad for this summer’s tour to South Africa where the England U18s will take on South Africa, France and Wales.

Alex Lundberg

Alex Lundberg

Tom Howe and Alex Lundberg are currently in the Academy squad and have both been performing very well over the last couple of seasons. Back in March, Lundberg was called up an age group onto the bench for the England U20s match against Italy, while Howe made his first senior appearance for London Wasps against Leicester Tiger last season at the age of 17.

Head Coach John Fletcher and Assistant Pete Walton’s side will take on South Africa, France and Wales – as they did on their summer tour to the same country in 2012.

England U18s won their second successive FIRA/AER European Championship England U18s won their second successive FIRA/AER European Championship in April this year – beating France 27-22 in the final in Grenoble – and Fletcher is looking to replicate those performances this summer.

Tom Howe

Tom Howe

He said: "The summer tour is an important part of the England Under 18s season – we’re excited about heading out to South Africa for the second year in a row and it’s a good opportunity for our lads to play against the best players in their age bracket."

"We performed well in the FIRA/AER European Championship and we’ll be looking to perform well out there. The value of touring is there for all to see – last year the likes of Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Ross Moriarty, Callum Braley and Tom Stephenson all came out to South Africa, and this season they have won the Six Nations and the IRB Junior World Championship with the Under 20s."

"We know that all three games will be tough – we know the qualities that Wales and France possess and playing South Africa in their own back yard is one of the biggest tests in world rugby, but it’s one we’re looking forward to."

England U18 –South Africa Tour 2013

Lewis Boyce (Prince Henry's & Leeds Carnegie)
Luke Chapman (Truro College & Exeter Chiefs)
James Chisholm (Brighton College & Harlequins)
Tom Ellis (Millfield & Bath Rugby)
Charlie Ewels (Bryanston & Bath Rugby)
Lewis Ludlow (Hartpury College & Gloucester Rugby)
Paul Hill (Prince Henry's Grammar & Leeds Carnegie)
Alex Lundberg (Hampton School & London Wasps)
Cameron Neild (Manchester Grammar & Sale Sharks)
Will Owen (QE Leicester & Leicester Tigers)
Ciaran Parker (St Ambrose & Sale Sharks)
Josh Peters (Oundle School & Northampton Saints)
Hayden Stringer (Oaklands & Saracens)
Jack Walker (Prince Henry's & Leeds Carnegie)

Nick Carpenter (Filton College & Bristol Rugby)
Nathan Earle (Oaklands & Saracens)
Tom Fowlie (St Pauls Catholic College & London Irish)
Tom Howe (Shiplake College & London Wasps)
Rory Jennings (Bryanston School & Bath Rugby)
James Mitchell (Lymm School & Sale Sharks)
Sam Olver (Oundle School & Northampton Saints)
Howard Packman (Moulton College & Northampton Saints)
Josh Sharp (Oaklands College & Saracens)
Josh Skelcey (Moulton College & Northampton Saints)
Max Clark (Bryanston & Bath Rugby)
Staurt Townsend (Ivybridge Community College & Exeter Chiefs)

England Under 18 Summer Tour Fixtures
• August 9: England v South Africa
• August 13: England v France
• August 17: England v Wales