Yorkshire Carnegie youngster Ollie Fox says he and his England U18 team mates can take a lot of confidence from their narrow 14-12 loss to Wales in South Africa in their latest international series game.

Having come off the bench in the opening tour win over France in Stellenbosch on Friday, Fox started against the Welsh at scrum half.

Wales led 14-0 at the break through converted tries from Tomi Lewis and Kemsley Mathias, and narrowly held onto that lead, despite two late tries from England’s Will Capon and a conversion from Cameron Redpath.

Speaking after the game Fox said, “I thought the lads really stuck in there. Wales came at us hard and challenged us a lot physically at the breakdown. The aim was to man up and try and take them on. They played the territory a bit better than us in the first half and that proved crucial. It was a massive come back for us and the way a kick has gone today has decided how the game has finished.

“You have to stick in there for the full seventy minutes, as it is with us in the Under 18s, and I thought we showed a ‘never say die’ attitude. We showed resilience having worked through scenarios like that in training when we practise being six or seven points down and needing to score to win the game.

“I think it shows that we have to take the weather into consideration and learn how adapt to whatever is thrown at us. Maybe we need to kick more and play for territory in future when it is like that. We don’t know what it will be like on Saturday against South Africa but if it is like today then we will look to change our tactics accordingly,” added Fox.

England next face South Africa Schools on Saturday 19 August at City Park, Athlone in the final game of their tour.