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Euro defeat for England Under-18s

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England Under-18s suffered a first defeat of the European Championships, losing 23-19 to hosts France on Tuesday evening.Leicester Tigers Academy wing Paolo Odogwu was included in the England team with club colleague Will Evans used as a replacement after starting the opening win over Portugal.   England claimed tries through Jake Pope, Alex Mitchell and Josh Caulfield, but France replied in Blagnac with two tries and 13 kicked points.   Head coach John Fletcher said: "Against a team of France's quality, you can't afford to give them the chances we did and that cost us. We couldn't maintain enough pressure on them for long enough periods.   "Despite the scoreline, I was pleased with the effort from the players, they didn't let up and we were pushing hard for a try at the end."   The opposition is still to be confirmed for England’s final game of the European Championships in Toulouse on Saturday.   England Under-18s 15 Darren Atkins (Bath Rugby, Millfield School) 14 Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins, Wellington College) 13 Dominic Morris (Saracens, New Hall School) 12 Max Malins (Saracens, Felsted) 11 Paolo Odogwu (Leicester Tigers, Leicester Grammar School) 10 Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish, Abingdon School) (C) 9 Alex Mitchell (Sale Sharks, Lymm HS) 1 Jake Pope (Sale Sharks, Myerscough College) 2 Dan Frost (Bath Rugby, Filton College) 3 Charlie Capps (Prince Henry’s, Yorkshire Carnegie) 4 Josh Caulfield (Exeter Chiefs, Bicton College) 5 Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, Haileybury College) 6 Archie White (Harlequins, Epsom College) 7 Will Allman (Northampton Saints, Trent College) 8 Zack Mercer (Bath Rugby, Merchiston Castle School)   Replacements: 16 Curtis Langdon (London Irish, St Pauls Sunbury) 17 Oliver Dawe (Exeter Chiefs, Bicton College) 18 Jack Edmondson (Bath Rugby, Sherborne) 19 Tim Cardall (Northampton Saints, Moulton College) 20 Joe Craggs (Newcaslte Falcons, Gosforth Academy) 21 Will Ewans (Leicester Tigers, Wyggeston & QEI College) 22 Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs) 23 Mark Dixon (Sale Sharks, Lymm HS) 24 Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie, Prince Henry’s) 25 Gabrial Ibitoye (Harlequins, Trinity College) 26 Johnny McPhillips (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)