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