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England U20s Smash Samoa As World Rugby U20s Championship Begins

World Rugby U20s Championship title holders England easily swept aside Samoa 74 – 14 in Georgia as both teams’ campaigns got under way.

A depleted squad have travelled to Georgia for the Championship, with a number of U20s-eligible players involved with the senior England team in Argentina.

England scored 12 tries on their way to a thoroughly convincing victory, with Bath youngster Zach Mercer grabbing a first half brace, as well as Ali Crossdale, Malins, Mitchell, Dominic Morris and Gabriel Ibitoye all scoring before half time to see the side lead 43 – 3 at half time.

In the second half Marcus Street and Ciaran Knight added to the try list, with Crossdale, Morris and Ibitoye all going over for further scores.

England now face Wales on Sunday evening before taking on Australia on Thursday 8th June.

Teams

England U20s: Tom Parton (London Irish); Ali Crossdale (Saracens), 13. Dominic Morris (Saracens), Will Butler (Worcester), Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins); Max Malins (Saracens), Alex Mitchell (Northampton); Ollie Dawe (Bristol), Jamie Blamire (Newcastle), Marcus Street (Exeter), Josh Caulfield (Exeter), Dino Lamb (Harlequins), Max Davies (Newcastle), Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby, captain)

Replacements: Henry Walker (Gloucester), Alex Seville (Gloucester), Ciaran Knight (Gloucester), Justin Clegg (Worcester), Joe Mullis (Gloucester), Harry Randall (Gloucester), Max Wright (Yorkshire), Jacob Umaga (Wasps)

Samoa: Ricky Ene; Alesana Pohla, Hunter Paisami, Tanielu Telea, Losi Filipo; Grayson Whitman, Godinet Tinei; Ivan Fepuleai (c), Noel Sanft, Suetena Asomua, Julius Togafau, Peato Toeafe, Shamma Solomona, Caleb Fa’alili, Tuipulotu

Replacements: Petalo Ikenasio, Setu Enoka, Jordan Ieremia, Wyatt Setu, Francis Ah Him, Pupi Ah See, Tagaloa Fonoti, Darren Kellett-Moore

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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