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We adapted well and scored some nice tries – Walshe

16 May 2013

  • England Under 20's warm up for JWC with win
  • Good chance to blow away the cobwebs – Walshe

Nick Walshe

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England Under 20 interim Head Coach Nick Walshe has said that he was pleased with his side’s performance against an Invitational XV at Saracens’ Allianz Park.

Tries from Ollie Devoto, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Anthony Watson, Sam Hill, Henry Slade, Harry Sloane, Ben Howard and David Sisi gave England a 56-5 win, while Max Crumpton grabbed the solitary score for the hosts.

Walshe said: “It was a good run out for the lads. The scoreline was irrelevant really, we just wanted the boys to have a hit and get back together ahead of the Junior World Championship. The conditions were shocking, pouring down with rain in mid-May isn’t ideal, but we adapted well and scored some nice tries.

Sam Hill

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“Big thanks to Saracens for pulling a team together and they provided us with a pretty stern test. We play France in our first game and it was important that we had the chance to blow away the cobwebs before that, because that’s going to be a really tough match.

“We’re in camp next week at St. Georges Park and it’s useful for us to be able to refer to a game that was one week ago rather than a game that was several months ago. The conditions probably made the game a bit of a leveler – it was pretty slippy out there and we made some mistakes, but we’ll learn from them.

“There’s always a risk playing these games – the last thing you need is a key player getting injured. I think there are few bumps and bruises but hopefully nothing too serious.”


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