England Under 20 beat Italy 61-0 in Plymouth

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Photo: Joe Marchant in action

England Under 20 61 Italy Under 20 0

ENGLAND Under 20 got their first win of the Six Nations with a comprehensive nine-try 61-0 win against Italy at The Brickfields in Plymouth.

In front of over 3,000 fans, tries from George Perkins, Will Owen, Ellis Genge, Jake Farnworth, two from Howard Packman and a hat-trick from Joe Marchant sealed the win, while fly half Rory Jennings added ten points with the boot, replacement James Mitchell two, and Marchant two more.

England started the brighter of the two sides and sprayed the ball out wide for Perkins to score after five minutes. The second came soon after when Owen picked up a loose Italian lineout to scoot over.

England’s forwards were enjoying set piece dominance and Genge dotted down after a strong lineout in the Italy 22. Further first half scores came from Packman and Marchant to make it 35-0 at the break.

Marchant grabbed his second minutes into the second 40 and Packman did likewise shortly after.

Marchant completed his hat-trick after 53 minutes, showing great pace to fire through the Italian defence.

The heavens then opened which slowed down the pace of the game, but Jake Farnworth rounded the scoring off with five minutes to go to make it 61-0.

Head Coach Jon Callard said: “We’re really pleased with the performance from the lads, particularly against a physical and passionate Italian side. The response from last week was spot on and it puts us in a good place as we head into the fallow week.

“The fans at Plymouth were excellent – to get over three 3,000 in was a credit to the club and they made themselves heard. Ireland next up will be a huge test, especially in Dublin, but it’s one we’ll relish.”

Man of the match Joe Marchant added: “It was pretty special to get three tries, but it was a real team effort today. We knew that the conditions would be tricky but we fronted up and put in a good performance. Italy were very tough and we’ve got a few bruised bodies, but it’s great to get our first win of the campaign.”

England – Perkins 1T, Owen 1T, Genge 1T, Packman 2T, Marchant 3T, Jake Farnworth 1T; Jennings 6C, Mitchell 1C, Marchant 1C.

England Under 20 starting XV against Italy

15. Piers O’Conor (Wasps Rugby)
14. George Perkins (Saracens)
13. Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
12. Charlie Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
11. Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
10. Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby)
9. Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs)

1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Rugby)
2. Jack Walker (Yorkshire Carnegie)
3. Paul Hill (Yorkshire Carnegie)
4. Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins)
5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, captain)
6. Charlie Beckett (Leicester Tigers)
7. Will Owen (Leicester Tigers)
8. James Chisholm (Harlequins)

16. Jake Farnworth (Leicester Tigers) on for Jack Walker 52 mins
17. Tom West (Wasps Rugby) on for Ellis Genge 70 mins
18. Ciaran Parker (Sale Sharks) on for Paul Hill 52 mins
19. Joe Batley (Gloucester Rugby) on for Charlie Beckett 52 mins
20. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) on for Will Owen 52 mins
21. James Mitchell (Sale Sharks) on for Stuart Townsend 52 mins
22. Tom Morton (Sale Sharks) on for Rory Jennings 52 mins
23. Tom Howe (Wasps Rugby) on for Tom Morton 70 mins

England U20 Six Nations fixtures

Wales U20 21-15 England U20
Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay
7 February

England U20 61-0 Italy U20
The Brickfields, Plymouth
13 February

Ireland U20 v England U20
Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin
27 February, kick-off 7.05pm
Live on Sky Sports

England U20 v Scotland U20
Darlington Mowden Park, Darlington
13 March, kick-off 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

England U20 v France U20
American Express Community Stadium, Brighton
20 March, kick-off 7.55pm
Live on Sky Sports

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