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England U18s open FIRA tournament with victory

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Tigers Academy centre Javiah Pohe was among the try-scorers as England Under 18 kicked off their FIRA tournament with a 58-8 victory over Georgia.

Pohe scored the last of England’s eight tries in Friday morning’s victory in Madrid.

There was also a hat-trick for Joel Conlon and tries for Zach Kibirige, Nathan Earle, Nick Carpenter and Tom Stephenson. Fly half Sam Olver kicked 18 points.

Pohe came on as a second-half replacement for Conlon. His Tigers Academy team-mates George Catchpole, Harry Rudkin and Harry Thacker started the game for England.

Head coach John Fletcher said: “We’re pleased with the result, but more pleased with the performance.

Our forwards did well, the set-piece was good and we just did the basics right which is what you have to do.

“We moved the ball around and created options – lots of people got their hands on the ball and demonstrated what good players they are.”

England U18 v Georgia
15 Zach Kibirige (Yarm School) (Newcastle Falcons)
14 Howard Packman (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints)
13 George Catchpole (Leicester Grammar) (Leicester Tigers)
12 Nick Carpenter (Filton College) (Bristol Rugby)
11 Nathan Earle (Oaklands) (Saracens)
10 Sam Olver (Oundle School) (Northampton Saints)
9 Tom Chapman (Colfe’s School) (Saracens)
1 Harry Rudkin (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st) (Leicester Tigers)
2 Harry Thacker (Leicester Grammar) (Leicester Tigers)

3 Scott Wilson (Sedbergh School) (Newcastle Falcons)
4 Maro Itoje (Harrow School) (Saracens)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bryanston School) (Bath Rugby)
6 Max Northcote-Green (Millfield) (Bath Rugby)
7 Gus Jones (Eton College) (London Wasps)
8 Joel Conlon (Ivybridge Community College) (Exeter Chiefs)

16 Reece Marshall (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints) on for Harry Thacker
17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints) on for Harry Rudkin
18 Alex Lundberg (Hampton) (London Wasps) on for Scott Wilson
19 Jake Oldaker (Wellington College) (Bath Rugby) on for Charlie Ewels
20 Josh Buggea (Hartpury College) (Worcester Warriors) on for Max Northcote-Green
21 Callum Braley (Hartpury College) (Bristol Rugby)
22 Billy Burns (Hartpury College) (Gloucester Rugby)
23 Javiah Pohe (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st) (Leicester Tigers) on for Joel Conlon
24 Tom Stephenson (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints) on for Tom Stephenson
25 Josh Watkins (Bromsgrove School) (Worcester Warriors)
26 Ross Moriarty (Hartpury College) (Gloucester)