IT has been a week to remember for the Loaders brothers – with two of Reading's brightest you sportsmen receiving international call-ups, writes Richard Ashton.

Reading FC hitman, Danny, 18, has been picked by England Under 20s to compete in the prestigious 'Tournoi Maurice Revello' in Toulon, while older brother Ben will represent England against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday following his breakthrough season at London Irish.

Danny's season saw him grab Reading's goal-of-the-season for his break-taking maiden senior strike against Middlesbrough, while he also scored five times for England U19s and was on the scoresheet 15 times in 15 appearances for Reading U23s.

Having been a U17 World Cup-winner with England, he will be looking for more success in the 12-team tournament where defending champions England face Japan on Saturday, followed by Portugal next Tuesday and Chile next Friday.

The winners of the three groups, along with the best runners-up, will compete in the semi-finals, with the eight eliminated sides playing a play-off placement fixture.

Fellow Reading youngsters Michael Olise and Josh Barrett will also be playing for France U18s and Republic of Ireland U21s.

France enter their U18s as the U20s are competing at the World Cup in Poland, taking on Qatar U20s, Brazil U23s and Guatemala U20s, with Olise hoping to continue a fine campaign which saw the 17-year-old first-year Academy scholar end the season by playing four games for Jose Gomes' first team.

Barrett was called up as a late replacement for Neil Farrugia earlier this week, with Ireland ready to tackle China U22s, Mexico and Bahrain.

Ben Loader, meanwhile, is picked in Jim Mallinder's 23-man squad for Sunday's game against Barbarians.

With no players selected from the Gallagher Premiership finalists Saracens and Exeter Chiefs, it is an experimental squad though one which features full internationals Josh Beaumont and Teimana Harrison.

But Loader – who ran in an impressive 12 tries for Declan Kidney's men – is the only player selected from a club outside the Premiership.

He is joined in the squad by former Exile, Johnny Williams, while the Barbarians side features big-name stars such as New Zealand's Charles Piutau and Malakai Fekitoa, Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb, ex-England prop Joe Marler and South African back row Francois Louw.

Australian second row James Horwill will also make the last appearance of his professional career, with the Barbarians coached by Bristol's Pat Lam.

He will be hoping for a repeat of last year's 63-45 victory, in a game where Chris Ashton bagged a hat-trick.