Yorkshire Carnegie Academy star Ollie Fox has been named in the England Under-18 squad to face Scotland and France in March.

Fox, who is a student at Pontefract New College, is currently on dual registration with Sandal playing national league.  He has been in impressive form for the Academy this season and has captained the side.  He earned selection for the first team this season, making his debut against Dragons Premiership Select in the British and Irish Cup and made a further appearance against the same opposition in the home fixture.

England take on France on 5th March and Scotland on 12th March. The squad who take on France is a September 1st birthday squad and the Scotland Under-18 game is a January 1st birthday squad.   The January the 1st squad allows birthdays in line with international age groups and not following academic school year age groups, where potentially players could be playing against players nearly a full 12 months older than them.

Speaking about Fox’s selection for the England squads, academy manager Jon Pendlebury said: “To be involved in both match squads is an outstanding achievement and recognition for Ollie’s development and performances this year.

“Ollie’s selection builds on the involvement that Ben Carlile, who is working his way back from long term ankle injury, has had with England Under-17s, Jack Wafer, who has been out since November with a knee injury, Shaun Crouch, who has a neck injury and Ben Whyte, who has a head injury, have all had with England Under-18s.  Harry Davey, from Silcoates, was very unlucky to miss out on selection for these squads, he has been involved in the camps and has been exceptional for the Academy this season.”