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England Reds beaten at Wellington Festival

22 April 2011

  • Scotland too strong for Reds
  • Esam voted Reds Player of Festival
England's Charlie Esam

Photo: Bruce Seabrook

England Reds Under 16s were outgunned by a powerful Scotland Under 17s side and beaten 35-0 in their final match at the Wellington Festival in Berkshire today.

The match brought together the festival’s two unbeaten sides but Scotland, who had beaten England Blues earlier in the week, maintained their unbeaten record by building on two early penalties to open up an 18-0 half-time lead.

An interception try early in the second half scuppered any hopes England Reds had of a fightback and a fourth try from a charged down kick sealed the win.

England Reds called up back row forward Thomas Woolstencroft (Taunton School, Topsham RFC, Exeter Chiefs Academy and Devon) to replace Daniel Grange of Yorkshire who has been promoted to the England Under 16s squad for Sunday’s international against Wales at Fylde.

Centre Charlie Esam (Bedford School, Ampthill RFC, Northampton Saints Academy and East Midlands) was voted the England Reds Player of the Festival.