Saturday, April 15, 2006
England Under 16s completed an Italian double when they beat Italy Under 16s 36-15 in Trento today (Saturday, April 15).
Having put Italy A to the sword 74-21 on Tuesday and beaten Wales 24-22 in Llandovery last week, England made it three wins from three starts this season against a very physical Italian side.
England scored four tries without reply, Italy's points coming from five penalties.
England scored tries through scrum-half Ben Youngs, centre Alex Hurst, wingman Sam Smith and replacement Tom Casson. Fly-half Rory Clegg added two conversions and three penalties, while his replacement Elliott Read landed one penalty.
The win extends the Under 16 side's unbeaten run to 10 matches and left Team Manager George Squires in buoyant mood he looks ahead to their final game of the season against France in Castres on April 30.
"Italy were a very strong, physical side who hit us hard at rucks and mauls, but didn't move the ball out wide too often." he said. "We played very well at the end of a testing spell for the lads, who have been on the road away from home now for 12 days.
"Luckily they've had tremendous support from their families and that showed through in today's win."
England Under 16s: Oliver Winterbottom (Rednock School & Gloucestershire); Samuel Smith (Cranleigh School & Surrey), Alex Hurst (Moorside & Lancashire), Michael Stanley (Gable Hall School & Essex), William Hurrell (Loughborough GS & Leicestershire); Rory Clegg (Barnard Castle & Durham), Ben Youngs (Gresham's & Norfolk); Neal Clarke (Willowgarth HS & Yorkshire), James Clark (Canford & Dorset & Wilts), Alexander Brown (The Fitzwimarc School & Essex), Graham Kitchener (Adams GS & Shropshire), James Gaskell (Sandbach School & Cheshire), William Neale (St Joseph's Coll & Eastern Counties), Robert Bell (Bolden & Durham), Jacob Rowan (Bradford Grammar School & Yorkshire) captain.
Replacements (all used): Oliver Hayes (Ralph Allen & Somerset), Adam Bellamy (Clevedon CC & Somerset), James Currie (Devonport HS & Devon), William Fraser (Berkhamstead Coll & Hertfordshire), Oliver Frost (Bishop of Hereford Bluecoats & North Midlands), Elliott Read (CommonWeal & Dorset & Wilts), Thomas Casson (Sedbergh & Cheshire).