Former North Midlands Under-16s lock James Scott has retained his place in the England Under-18s side for Sunday’s international against Scotland at Preston Grasshoppers (2pm).
Scott, of Malvern College and Worcester Warriors, helped England beat France at Aylesbury last Sunday where he played alongside his former North Midlands team mate Ted Hill in the second row.
But Hill has been promoted to the England Under-20s bench for their Six Nations match against Scotland at Northampton tomorrow and is one of 12 changes to the Under-18s’ starting line-up.
Flanker Aaron Hinkley, who played for North Midlands Under-16s while he was a pupil at Bromsgrove School, is among the changes. Hinkley is now at St Peters School in Gloucester and is in Gloucester’s academy.
England U18 Head Coach John Fletcher said: “The performance against France was pleasing however we know there are lots of areas we can improve on. A key focus is to adapt in both attack and defence and hopefully we can make the most of the opportunities in front of us on Sunday.
“Scotland have always been fierce competitors and we know we will have to be on the top of our game.”
England U18 squad v Scotland U18:
15. Iwan Hughes (Bristol Rugby – SGS College)
14. Arron Reed (Sale Sharks – Kirkham Grammar School)
13. Oli Morris (Saracens – New Hall)
12. Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks – Sedbergh School)
11. Cadan Murley (Harlequins – Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar)
10. Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers – Rugby School)
9. Ollie Fox (Yorkshire – New College Pontefract)
1. George Head (Harlequins – Tonbridge School)
2. Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks)
3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers – Wyggeston & QEI College)
4. Joe Tunney (Wasps – Dr Challoners GS)
5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors – Malvern College)
6. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby – St Peters)
7. Charlie Wright (Exeter Chiefs – Exeter College)
8. Josh Basham (London Irish – Wellington College)
16. Will Capon (Bristol Rugby – Bristol Grammar School)
17. James Kenny (Exeter Chiefs – Exeter College)
18. Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks – Sedbergh School)
19. James Dun (Bristol Rugby – Millfield School)
20. Andy Christie (Saracens – Harrow School)
21. Cameron Kelemeti (Newcastle Falcons – Durham School)
22. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints – Bedford School)
23. Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby – Dean Close)