Forsythe called up by England Under-18s

Warriors Under-18 Academy flanker Jack Forsythe has been named in England Under-18s’ 26-man squad for the International Series in South Africa next month.

Forsythe, who is a student at Warwick School, is one of 19 uncapped players in the squad for matches against Argentina (August 9), France  (August 13) and South Africa Schools (August 17) during the series.

Based at Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, the squad will fly to South Africa on August 4 for the annual development tour which marks the start of the Under-18 international season and for many players the start of their England journey.

England Under-18s are led by Jim Mallinder who is assisted by consultant coaches Jonathan Fisher (London Irish), Mark Luffman (Darlington Mowden Park) and James Lightfoot-Brown (London Irish).

“The South Africa tour gives our players a unique experience of playing an international tournament, away from home, at the start of their pathway journey,” said Mallinder.

“To play two fixtures against southern hemisphere opposition, as well as a game against France, will be valuable for them as they look to transition through the pathway and I want them to make the most of the experience.

“I want them to understand what it takes to be part of an England team, but to feel comfortable exploring their game and developing their skills in this environment.

“The games come thick and fast so they will also get an insight into the importance of their behaviour off the pitch, focusing on recovery and analysis as well preparation for the next match.

“The tour is about more than just the matches though and I hope they also get to experience the unique culture in South Africa, form friendships with players they will progress through the pathway with and make some memories along the way.”