England select Hartlepool’s Newcastle rugby star Michael Young for Saxons’ South Africa tour

Michael Young in previos action for England Saxons against Argentina
Michael Young in previos action for England Saxons against Argentina

Hartlepool rugby player Michael Young has been named in the England Saxons squad for next month’s tour to South Africa.

The Newcastle Falcons scrum-half has enjoyed an outstanding season in the Aviva Premiership and has regained his place in England’s reserve side.

England Saxons play two internationals against South Africa’s second-string national side.

Ali Hepher’s team faces the Boks on Friday, June 10 in Bloemfontein, the second test on the following Friday in George.

Both games will kick off at 6.10pm BST and will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports.

Young is no stranger to the Saxons squad, having represented the side at the Churchill Cups in 2009 and 2011, while he was a regular for the England Sevens sqaud.

The 27-year-old started his career with West Hartlepool before going on to play for Newcastle, Leicester and Bath before returning to the Falcons last year.

Young played for England in an uncapped match as a replacement against the Barbarians ion 2011 and has recently been on a three-day training squad with Eddie Jones squad.

ENGLAND SAXONS SQUAD

Forwards: Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks), Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons), Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps),

Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints), James Craig (Northampton Saints), Mitch Lees (Exeter Chiefs), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs), Donovan Armand (Exeter Chiefs), Matthew Kvesic (Gloucester), James Chisholm (Harlequins), Sam Jones (Wasps)

Backs: Dan Robson (Wasps), Michael Young (Newcastle Falcons), Oliver Devoto (Bath Rugby), Danny Cipriani (Wasps), Christian Wade (Wasps), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Nick Tompkins, Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Alex Lewington (London Irish), Sam James (Sale Sharks), Mike Haley (Sale Sharks),

Management: Head Coach Ali Hepher (Exeter Chiefs), Assistant Coach: Andy Titterrell (Wasps), Assistant Coach: Alan Dickens (Northampton Saints). Team Manager: Richard Hill