Newcastle Falcons pair Josh Hodge and Will Montgomery will represent Great Britain Under-18s at sevens when they play in the Youth Olympic Games qualifiers in Lithuania.
The tournament is being held in Panevezys this weekend, with Hodge and Montgomery, who will both be full-time senior academy players with the Falcons next season, forming part of a 12-man GB squad.
A total of 12 rugby sevens teams will participate in the tournament with the winning team qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games which takes place from October 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Team GB U18 are drawn in Pool C and will face Georgia, Belgium and Lithuania on day one.
A selection camp for the qualifying tournament was held at Bisham Abbey with coaches Russell Earnshaw (England), Warren Abrahams (England) and Chris Hitt (Wales). 24 prospective players were invited for an interactive day of coaching and on-and-off-pitch skills sessions to identify the talent that will play for U18 Team GB next month.
“It was extremely difficult to pick 12 players from the group of 24 but we’re really excited by the squad that will represent U18 Team GB in Lithuania with the aim of securing a place at the Youth Olympics,” said Team GB U18 head coach, Russell Earnshaw.
“We’re really pleased with the way that these players came together at the selection camp and are looking forward to seeing how they perform against some very talented European teams.
“This is a unique opportunity for the squad which will provide them with many great learning experiences as they continue to keep learning and developing as players.”
Team GB U18 squad for Youth Olympic Games qualifiers, Panevezys, Lithuania:
Blake Boyland (England)
Max Cunnington (Wales)
Tom Curtis (England)
Josh Hodge (England)
Jay Jones (Wales)
Tony Lamerton (Wales)
Rufus McLean (Scotland)
Will Montgomery (England)
Tom Roebuck (England)
Toby Smith (England)
Joe Wallace (England)
Femi Sofolarin (Scotland)