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In this week’s RFU Podcast we hear from England Under 18 coaches John Fletcher and Pete Walton, retired London Wasps flanker Tom Rees, RFU Chief Commercial Officer Sophie Goldschmidt and more.
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But first to the U18s camp, the newest owners of the Justin Bridou trophy after beating Ireland 25-13 in the FIRA/AER European Championship final in Madrid on Saturday.
Tries from Harry Thacker, Javiah Pohe and Scott Wilson helped England to the win with fly half Billy Burns contributed seven points, and his replacement Sam Olver three.
Having already achieved wins against France, Scotland, Georgia and Wales prior to the tournament, the victory rounds off a faultless season for John Fletcher’s side.
"We're really pleased with all the effort throughout the season," said Fletcher. "They've all worked extremely hard and the lads deserve their win.
"Their effort, work-rate and commitment was great. But credit to the Irish, they never give in, they worked hard, they tackled hard, but it was a good performance from us, from a young squad."
Also on this week's podcast
Walton backs forwards: England U18 coach Pete Walton says that there is a lot of talented young forwards coming through the system
Rees on retirement: We catch up with retired London Wasps and England flanker Tom Rees on his retirement and plans for the future
BMW Group UK on board: RFU Chief Commercial Officer Sophie Goldschmidt talks us through the benefits of the new deal