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England beat Wales 31-17 in sevens exhibition at Twickenham

10 March 2014

  • Simon Amor's charges ease to win over Wales
  • Mitchell, Gray, Rodwewll, Burgess and Stanley cross for tries
Tom Mitchell

Photo: Leo Wilkinson

England ran in five tries as they beat Wales 31-17 in the sevens exhibition match that followed the RBS 6 Nations clash between the nations at Twickenham Stadium today.

Captain Tom Mitchell and forwards Alex Gray, James Rodwell and Phil Burgess all scored tries – after newcomer Sam Stanley touched down in the opening minute.

England led 24-0 at the break after being far more physical at the breakdown before Owen Jenkins, Alex Summerhill and Luke Morgan replied for Wales in the second half.

Stanley, a centre on the books of Saracens, is the nephew of New Zealand legend Joe Stanley and one of four new faces looked at by Head Coach Simon Amor.

He was joined by Exeter Chiefs flanker Sam Blanchet, former England Under 20 captain Jack Clifford (Harlequins) and Blackheath half back Jack Walsh.

A Wales attack is shackled

Photo: Leo Wilkinson

“It was great to get a look at these four guys and I’m impressed with what they contributed ahead of the next two legs of the World Series,” said England Sevens Head Coach Simon Amor.

“We really appreciated being part of the occasion at Twickenham Stadium and I hope those here today and everyone who watched us on live television enjoyed the event.”

England return to action in the HSBC Sevens World Series later this month at tournaments in Tokyo (March 22-23) and Hong Kong (March 28-30).

The series then returns to the Northern Hemisphere to Glasgow (May 3-4) before its conclusion at the Marriott London Sevens (May 10-11), which attracted a record 113,000 crowd over two days at Twickenham Stadium last year.

England are then in action in the Commonwealth Games Sevens staged at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on July 26-27.