England Under 18 have named their squad for the two-week summer tour to South Africa in August. Coaches John Fletcher and Pete Walton will lead the group of 26 as they face Wales, France and South Africa across the Western Cape.
Representing Gloucester Rugby on the tour will be the trio of Joe Batley, Ollie Thorley and Sam Underhill.
England U18 won their third successive FIRA/AER European Championship in April this year - beating Ireland 30-14 in the final in Poland - and Fletcher is looking to replicate those performances this summer.
"We're looking forward to heading out there - it's a significant part of our programme, and playing these three countries will be a huge challenge. Playing South Africa in their own back yard is one of the toughest things you can do in rugby, but it's something we're looking forward to.
"Touring is huge for these players - it takes them out of their comfort zones and the proof is in the pudding. The vast majority of the Under 20s who have won back-to-back World Cups toured the southern hemisphere with the Under 18s, so it definitely stands them in good stead."
England Under 18 squad to tour South Africa
Lewis Boyce (Prince Henry's & Leeds Carnegie)
Owen Hills (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
James Fish (Trent College & Northampton Saints)
Ollie Adams (St Pauls Catholic College & London Irish)
Seb Adeniran-Olule (Wellington College & Harlequins)
Ciaran Parker (St Ambrose & Sale Sharks)
Joe Batley (Hartpury College & Gloucester Rugby)
Kieran Treadwell (John Fisher & Harlequins)
Joe Maksymiw (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
George Nott (Kings School Chester & Sale Sharks)
Charlie Beckett (QEW & Leicester Tigers)
Lewis Ludlam (St Joseph's College & Northampton Saints)
Sam Underhill (Sir Thomas Rich's School & Gloucester Rugby)
Henry Cheeseman (Whitgift & Harlequins)
Will Homer (Sherborne School & Bath Rugby)
Rory Jennings (Bryanston School & Bath Rugby)
Theo Brophy Clews (Abingdon School & London Irish)
Cameron Cowell (St Pauls College & London Irish)
Kai Little (Hartpury College & Exeter Chiefs)
Harry Mallinder (Rugby School & Northampton Saints)
Max Clark (Bryanston School & Bath Rugby)
Rotimi Segun (Stowe School & Northampton Saints)
Brett Herron (Wellington College & Bath Rugby)
Joe Marchant (Peter Symonds & Harlequins)
Ollie Thorley (Cheltenham College & Gloucester Rugby)
Taylor Prell (Giggleswick School & Leeds)
SARU Under-18 International Fixtures 2014
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Friday 15 August 2014 - City Park, Cape Town
12h00 Italy v WP XV
14h00 England v Wales
16h00 South Africa v France
Tuesday 19 August 2014 - Outeniqua Park, George
12h00 Italy v SWD Craven Week XV
14h00 England v France
16h00 South Africa v Wales
Saturday 23 August 2014 - Paul Roos Markotter, Stellenbosch
12h00 Italy v SARU Academy XV
14h00 France v Wales
16h00 South Africa v England
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