Yorkshire Carnegie pair of Charlie Capps and Max Wright have been included in the England U18 squad that departed for France today to defend their U18 European Championship title.

Wins against Portugal, Wales and Ireland saw England win their third consecutive championship last season in Poland. 

The team go into the tournament having won two of their three games this season, with victories over France (21-5) and Scotland (39-27), before a narrow defeat to Wales (23-15) earlier this month.

The age-group side take on Portugal in their first match on Friday afternoon in Montauban, southern France.

The coaching team will be led by head coach John Fletcher and forwards coach Pete Walton.

John Fletcher said: “ We are looking forward to going to France as it will be a really good opportunity for the team to play three competitive games in a European tournament. Our first game is against Portugal on Friday where we will want to put in a good early performance and then we will wait and see who we get in the remaining two games. 

“Winning the competition would be great, but firstly it’s about collectively as a group getting better and better. This particular group played against Scotland recently and what we are looking for is to see improvements, game by game, and if we win the competition then that is a bonus.”

Forwards

Will Allman (Northampton Saints, Trent College) 
Charlie Capps (Yorkshire Carnegie, Prince Henry's) 
Tim Cardall (Northampton Saints, Moulton College) 
Josh Caulfield (Exeter Chiefs, Bicton College) 
Joe Craggs (Newcastle Falcons, Gosforth Academy) 
Ollie Dawe (Exeter Chiefs, Bicton College) 
Dan Frost (Bath Rugby, Filton College) 
Jack Edmondson (Bath Rugby, Sherborne) 
Will Evans (Leicester Tigers, Wyggeston & QEI College) 
Curtis Langdon (London Irish, St Pauls Sunbury) 
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, Haileybury College) 
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby, Merchiston Castle School) 
Jake Pope (Sale Sharks, Myerscough College) 
Archie White (Harlequins, Epsom College) 

Backs

Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins, Wellington College) 
Darren Atkins (Bath Rugby, Millfield School) 
Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish, Abingdon School) 
Mark Dixon (Sale Sharks, Lymm HS) 
Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins, Trinity) 
Max Malins (Saracens, Felsted) 
Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs, Blundells School) 
Johnny McPhillips (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School) 
Alexander Mitchell (Sale Sharks, Lymm HS) 
Dominic Morris (Saracens, New Hall School) 
Paolo Odogwu (Leicester Tigers, Leicester Grammar School) 
Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie, Prince Henry's)

England U18 v Portugal U18 Kick Off 4pm (UK time), Montauban