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Bates and Lloyd set for U18 international series openers

Bristol Bears Academy U18 duo, Jack Bates and Ioan Lloyd will be in international action on Friday, as England U18 and Wales U18 kick off the Aon U18 International Series in South Africa.

Bates is named among the replacements for England U18’s clash with France at Boland Landbou (1:15pm), while Lloyd is named at full-back as Wales U18’s take on hosts South Africa Schools (3pm).

England will be captained by hooker Alfie Barbeary (Wasps Rugby), and include four members capped at U18 level with Tom Curtis (Sale Sharks - Sedbergh School), Callum Pascoe (Newcastle Falcons - Gosforth Academy) and George Martin (Leicester Tigers - Brooksby Melton College) all named in the starting XV.

Captained by Coleg Gwent blindside Robert Brookson, Wales will be out to repeat last year's victory against the same opposition.

There is also a starting spot for Dragons scrum-half Dan Babos, who featured for Wales U20 earlier this year and has already made an impact at regional level.