Five Falcons players chosen for England U18s first game

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Five Falcons players chosen for England U18s first game

Five Falcons players have been chosen for England U18’s first game, Falcons five picked for England U18s opener

On Friday, five Newcastle Falcons will be representing England Under-18s in their match against South Africa Under-18s in Paarl.

For the opening game of the three-game tour, the starting lineup included winger Tom Burton, center Ben Redshaw, and hooker Jacob Oliver with reserves Isaac Keller and Finn Baker.

Supersport Schools is providing a free live broadcast of the 2.30pm UK time kickoff, which can be accessed by going here (registration required) or by downloading their app, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Next week, after Friday’s game, there will be contests against South Africa A on Tuesday, August 23, and South Africa on Sunday, August 27.


England U18 Squads For 2022 Announced

The 49 athletes chosen for the England U18 Boys’ and Girls’ squads for 2022 are congratulated by England Hockey.

After being named to “Observation Squads” in September and/or attending a number of camps and assessment sessions over the past few months, a total of 26 boys and 23 girls have been chosen.

The England Age Group Program exposes players to a best-v-best training environment through training days or training camps, which prepares them for matches against other elite European nations throughout the season.

Experts in the fields of anti-doping, nutrition, strength and conditioning, injury management, and psychology present the players’ education, and parents and guardians are encouraged to fully engage with the material.


England Under-18s team

15 Ioan Jones (Gloucester Rugby, Dean Close School)

14 Tom Burton (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)

13 Ben Redshaw (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)

12 Sean Kerr (Harlequins, Whitgift School)

11 Toby Cousins (Northampton Saints, Oakham School)

10 Rory Taylor (London Irish, Wellington College)

9 Archie McParland (Northampton Saints, Stowe School)

1 Louie Trevett (Bristol Bears, Clifton College)

2 Jacob Oliver (Newcastle Falcons, Barnard Castle School)

3 Billy Sela (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff)

4 Olamide Sodeke (Saracens, Gravesend Grammar School)

5 Tom Burrow (Yorkshire Academy, Heckmondwike Grammar School)

6 Jack Bennett (Bath Rugby, Monkton Combe School)

7 Henry Pollock (Northampton Saints, Stowe School, captain)

8 Barney Merrett (Saracens, Sutton Valence School)

Five Falcons players chosen for England U18s first game



16 Loic Keasey (Worcester Warriors, RGS Worcester)

17 Alex O’Driscoll (Wasps, Berkhamsted)

18 Isaac Keller (Newcastle Falcons, Gosforth Academy)

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19 Finn Baker (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)

20 Will Owen (Worcester Warriors, Ellesmere College)

21 George Perkins (Leicester Tigers, Denstone College)

22 Will Wootton (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh School)

23 Raff Weston (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff)

24 George Edson (Exeter Chiefs, Truro College)

25 Conor Byrne (Harlequins, Trinity College)

26 Will Glister (Wasps, City of Oxford College)


Five Falcons players chosen for England U18s first game


England youth team coaches appointed for the 2022-23 season

Prior to the start of the new 2022–23 season, the coaching structure for England’s men’s development teams has been established.

During the new season, our Young Lions will compete at every level from MU15 to MU21*, whether it be in UEFA European Championship competitions, a FIFA U20 World Cup, or international tournaments and matches for the MU18s and MU20s.


Starting with our MU21s, who are coached by Lee Carsley and his team, the focus is on getting ready for the UEFA U21 EURO Finals that will be held in Georgia and Romania next summer. They begin their preparation in September with matches against Italy and Germany.

After qualifying for the competition thanks to their success in the UEFA U19 EURO Finals in Slovakia last season, our MU20s will travel to Indonesia for the FIFA U20 World Cup next summer under the direction of head coach Ian Foster.


Following their selections as England national coaches in May, Simon Rusk and Neil Ryan are now both head coaches.

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Simon Rusk will take charge of England’s MU19s during the 2022-23 campaign

The new group of MU19s, led by former Brighton & Hove Albion coach Rusk, will begin our defense of the U19 EURO title in September with matches against Montenegro, Georgia, and Denmark in the first qualifying round. Andy Edwards will assist Rusk this season.


With Ryan Garry, the head coach from last season, moving over to coach the MU17s as they compete for a spot at the UEFA U17 EURO in Hungary and also target qualification for the 2023 FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru, the new group of MU18s will be led by ex-Manchester United academy coach Ryan into the 2022–23 season.

In October, they will face Israel, Georgia, and Lithuania in the opening round of qualifying.

Tom Curtis, the MU17s head coach from the previous campaign, has been named our youth development phase lead. Greg Lincoln, the MU16s’ head coach, and Will Antwi, the MU15s’ head coach, have also been named for the 2022–23 season.

Gifton Noel-Williams, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, and Quinton Fortune will also provide coaching assistance to the development teams after being appointed to the FA and PFA’s joint flagship England Elite Coach Programme (EECP).

The FA and the PFA established the EECP in 2017 to give coaches from historically underrepresented groups the chance to work with the English national teams and gain experience abroad at the highest levels of English football. The program seeks to create a future coaching talent pipeline that is larger and more diverse.

This will be the third intake of coaches for the EECP, and in recent years, we’ve observed coaches like Chris Powell, Paul Nevin, Michael Johnson, Jason Euell, and Omer Riza working with England teams on the EECP and gaining valuable experience in the field of international coaching.

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Following his appointment in May, new national coach Neil Ryan will lead the England MU18s in 2022–23.

Our head coach, Tim Dittmer, said it was exciting and satisfying to confirm our staffing for the 2022–23 campaign.

“After overcoming the many obstacles COVID put in our way over the previous few seasons, we are starting the upcoming season as a relatively inexperienced group of national coaches.

“It’s crucial that we determine the requirements of our players and programs, and that we then put our staff in the best positions to support the various journeys.

We have notable FIFA and UEFA tournaments at the MU17, MU19, and MU20 age groups this upcoming season. Our athletes have the chance to compete in international tournaments against the best athletes from other nations. ” Our MU15, MU16, and MU18 age groups thoughtfully give players the chance to showcase their best selves in international competitions and matches both in England and throughout Europe.As usual, I’d like to take this chance to recognize the excellent work being done by all of the academies and thank them for their cooperation and support, which maximizes all of our interactions with the players.

Our professional development phase assistant coach Andy Edwards, alongside MU16s head coach Greg Lincoln
Andy Edwards, our assistant coach for the professional development phase, and Greg Lincoln, the head coach of the MU16s,

Our men’s development coaching line-ups are listed in full below.

MU21s head coach: Lee Carsley
MU21s assistant coaches: Ashley Cole, Joleon Lescott
MU21s goalkeeping coach: Tim Dittmer

MU20 head coach: Ian Foster MU19 head coach: Simon Rusk

MU18s head coach: Neil Ryan

Assistant Coach, PDP: Andy Edwards

Phase Lead YDP: Tom Curtis

MU17s head coach: Ryan Garry

MU16s head coach: Greg Lincoln

MU15s head coach: Will Antwi

Goalkeeping coaches to support across the MU15-MU20 pathway: Sam Meek, Anthony White, Adrian Tucker, Neil Moss

*Matches will be covered editorially from MU17s (UEFA Competitions only) through to MU21s.


See Also

UEFA Champions League 2022/23: Matches, Draws, Final

Atatürk Olympic Stadium: 2023 UEFA Champions League Plan

CAF 2022/2023 Draw

South Africa PSL Fixture 2022-2023


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