England Under 18s enter into their second Five Nations Festival game tomorrow, Wednesday 15th April, facing Scotland at the Stadio L.Zaffanella in Parma, Italy, kick-off 630pm BST.
Welcoming back skipper Alex Gray - the Newcastle Falcons and Barnard Castle School No. 8 - who missed the Festival opener against Italy on Easter Sunday through illness, the squad named for tomorrow’s clash will also feature three of Wasps bright young academy talents – Christian Wade, named in the starting line up, and Sam Jones and Jack Wallace amongst the replacements.
The side will be looking to record a double victory over their home nation rivals Scotland this season, having previously secured a 63-0 victory back in March and enter into this fixture following a 61-3 win over Italy U18s on Easter Sunday. That game saw Wasps very own Christian Wade collect a hat-trick in a nine try demolition of the host nations side with fellow club and country team mate, Jack Wallace, also making his presence known with a brace of tries and a Man of the Match Award to boot. The third Wasp among the troops, Sam Jones, also added to the clubs fantastic contribution, crossing the try line with score number five!
Reflecting on the convincing win, England U18s Coach John Fletcher said: "This was a positive start to the tournament. We performed much better in the second half compared to the first half where we were a little slow off the mark and missed our opportunities. The changes we made after the restart paid dividends though and we pulled through to get a comfortable win.
"Italy certainly had their opportunities today, so I am pleased with our defensive effort which kept them to just three points. We now play Scotland on Wednesday so there's little time in between games, but the lads are in good condition and now it's a matter of getting them re-energised before our next match."
Man of the Match Wallace opened England's account early on with an 11th minute try after a good line-out saw Ford get the ball out to Wallace, who then ran in under the posts. Minutes later he then added his second after a good scrum with Ford, Farrell and Jonathan Joseph also involved.
Italy hit back with a successful penalty on 18 minutes, but Leicester's Matthew Everard eased England into a 19-3 lead at the break after some more good work by the forwards in a line-out.
After the restart England came out firing and picked up their game to run in six tries. Farrell kept England's momentum going when he made a good break to set up some multi-phase play between the backs and the forwards before London Irish wing Sam Edgerley finished off England's attack and ran in to score. Ford again converted.
Wasps No. 8 Sam Jones claimed try number five for the tourists before Wade, on virtually his first touch of the ball, added the first of his three tries. Ryan Glynn made the vital break and then found Wade on the right wing, who ran in easily to score.
Skipper Farrell went on to add his own try after a clever chip by Ford gave him space, and then Wade added his second and third touch down in extra time.
15 Jack Wallace (London Wasps & RGS High Wycombe), 14 Marcus Watson (London Irish & St Georges College), 13 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish & Millfield School), 12 Owen Farrell C (Saracens & St Georges School), 11 Sam Edgerley (London Irish & Wellington College), 10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers & Rishworth School), 9 Ryan Glynn (Sale Sharks & Sedbergh School), 1 Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby & Millfield School), 2 Harry Allen (Saracens & Chistlehurst&Sidcup Grammar), 3 Henry Thomas (Bristol Rugby & Millfield School), 4 Sam Twomey (Harlequins & Dulwich College), 5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins & Hurstpeirpoint College), 6 Joe Trayfoot (Harlequins & Epsom College), 7 Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers & Wyggeston&QueenElizabeth), 8 Sam Jones (London Wasps & Aylesbury Grammar).
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins & St Bedes School), 17 Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers & John Cleveland College), 18 Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons & Barnard Castle School). 19 Ben Glynn (Bristol Rugby & Filton College), 20 Billy Vunipola (Bristol Rugby & Castle School), 21 Peter Austin (London Irish & St Paul's Catholic College), 22 Sam Stuart (Harlequins & Sedbergh School), 23 Jake Sharp (Saracens & Oaklands College), 24 Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints & Bedford School), 25 Andy Short (Worcester Warriors & Worcester 6th Form College), 26 Christian Wade (London Wasps & RGS High Wycombe).
Tries: Wallace (2), Everard, Edgerley, Jones, Wade (3), Farrell,
Conversions: Ford (8)
Substitutions: Vunipola Billy for Trayfoot (27), Glynn Ben for Twomey (46), Short for Edgerley (55), Wade for Joseph (55), Austin for Alllen (55), Bower for Thomas (55), Buchanan for Vunipola Mako (55).
15 Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints Bedford School)
14 Christian Wade (London Wasps RGS High Wycombe)
13 Andy Short (Worcester Warriors Worcester 6th Form College)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens St Georges School)
11 Sam Edgerley (London Irish Wellington College)
10 Jake Sharp (Saracens Oaklands College)
9 Sam Stuart (Harlequins Sedbergh School)
1 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins St Bedes School)
2 Peter Austin (London Irish St Paul's Catholic College)
3 Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers John Cleveland College)
4 Sam Twomey (Harlequins Dulwich College)
5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins Hurstpierpoint College)
6 Billy Vunipola (Bristol Rugby Castle School)
7 Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers Wyggeston&QueenElizabeth)
8 Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons Barnard Castle School)
16 Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby Millfield School)
17 Henry Thomas (Bristol Rugby Millfield School)
18 Harry Allen (Saracens Chistlehurst&Sidcup Grammar)
19 Sam Jones (London Wasps Aylesbury Grammar)
20 Joe Trayfoot (Harlequins Epsom College)
21 Ben Glynn (Bristol Rugby Filton College)
22 Ryan Glynn (Sale Sharks Sedbergh School)
23 George Ford (Leicester Tigers Rishworth School)
24 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish Millfield School)
25 Marcus Watson (London Irish St Georges College)
26 Jack Wallace (London Wasps RGS High Wycombe)
March 22nd, Kingston Park, 2pm England v Scotland, WON 63-0
March 29th, Sandy Park, 230pm, England v Japan High Schools, WON 71-7
April 12th, England v Italy, 630pm BST, Stadio L.Zaffanella, WON 61-3
April 15th, England v Scotland, 630pm BST, Stadio L.Zaffanella
April 18th, England v Ireland, 3pm BST, Stadio G. Maini
April 26th, England v Wales, 2pm, Ebbw Vale RFC