CHAMPIONS: England Under-20 team win the Six Nations

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England staged an impressive comeback on Friday to secure victory over France and clinch the Under-20 Six Nations title.

After trailing 21-12 at halftime, England knew they needed to secure a bonus-point victory to claim the championship following Ireland’s win.

Despite the daunting task, England rallied in the second half, scoring 33 points to seal the title and win the tournament.

The match began well for England, with Ben Redshaw scoring an early try, but France responded strongly with tries from Mathis Ferte, Kalvin Gourgues, and Leo Carbonneau. However, England showed resilience, with James Isaacs and Ioan Jones crossing the line to narrow the gap.

A try from Mathis Castro-Ferreira extended France’s lead, but England fought back with tries from Henry Pollock, a penalty try, and Jimmy Halliwell to secure the victory.

Speaking after the match, England head coach Mark Mapletoft praised his team’s resilience and work rate, highlighting their improvement in defense compared to previous years.

Speaking to the BBC Mapletoft said:

“That is about as good as it gets. We knew it would be difficult to battle back from 21-5 but they showed their incredible resilience and work-rate.

“Last year we were too easy to score against and this year we wanted to be harder to play against and score against. We had to hang in there and thought we could hurt them around the fringes as the game went on and we finally clicked.”

The line-ups for the match were as follows:

England: Jones; Cousins, Waghorn, Kerr, Redshaw; Makepeace-Cubitt, McParland; Opoku-Fordjour, Isaacs, Sela, Bailey, Kpoku, Carnduff (capt), Pollock, Michelow.

France: Ferte; Attissogbe, Darricarrere, Gourgues, Biasotto; Reus, Carbonneau; Julien, Massa, Affane, Descube, Tuilagi, Castro-Ferreira, Karaba, Gazzotti.

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