- England U18 win against London Academies in Harrow
- They’ve worked extremely hard all week – Fletcher
England U18 54 London Academies 5
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A new-look England Under 18 side put eight tries past a spirited London Academies side, winning 54-5 at Harrow School.
Tries from Javiah Pohe, Scott Wilson, captain Gus Jones, Sam James, Joel Conlon, Anthony Watson and two from Tom Chapman sealed the win in front of over 200 supporters.
Coached by John Fletcher and Pete Walton, the U18 squad have enjoyed a half-term training camp in London, and Fletcher says that the game was the ideal finale for a great week.
He said: “The lads have been great, we’ve got a lot of new players involved with the 18s this year and they’ve gelled really well. They’ve worked extremely hard all week and it’s nice to get a performance at the end of it all.
"The facilities at Harrow School have been excellent and our thanks go to them. We would also like to thank the four London academies for coming together and giving us a tough game."
Try-scoring full back Anthony Watson, who made his Aviva Premiership debut for London Irish in September, added: “We’ve been together for the week and have really bonded as a group. Training has been great and it was good to round it all off with a nice blow out.
“The pitch was immaculate and it enabled us to play some nice stuff. I got away for a try which is always nice, but it’s all about the team and we’ve got high hopes for the season. We missed out on winning the FIRA/AER Tournament last year, so fingers crossed we can go one better next time.”
England U18 starting XV
15) Anthony Watson (London Irish)
14) Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons)
13) Tom Stephenson (Northampton Saints)
12) Javiah Pohe (Leicester Tigers)
11) Josh Watkins (Worcester Warriors)
10) Sam Olver (Northampton Sainst)
9) Tom Chapman (Saracens)
1) Danny Hobbs (Northampton Saints)
2) Sam James (Saracens)
3) Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
4) Jonny Kenny (Sale Sharks)
5) Dave Hughes (London Wasps)
6) Josh Buggea (Worcester Warriors)
7) Gus Jones (C) (London Wasps)
8) Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)
Replacements (all featured):
16) Jake Armstrong (Leeds Carnegie)
17) Beno Obano (London Wasps)
18) Maro Itoje (Saracens)
19) Max Northcote-Green (Bath Rugby)
20) Oliver Claxton (Worcester Warriors)
21) Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
22) Nick Carpenter (Bristol Rugby)
23) Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby)
24) Steve Uren (Bristol Rugby)