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Euro title win for young prop

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Leicester Tigers Academy prop Neale Farthing will return from his first England Under-18 campaign with a European champion's medal.

England picked up the Justin Bridou Trophy after victory in the final game of the AER/FIRA Under-18 Championship in Grenoble, beating France 27-22 in front of a 15,000 crowd at the Stade de Alpes.

Farthing was included in the squad for all three games, scoring a try after starting the big win over Portugal, and being named among the replacements for the games against Scotland and hosts France as England lifted the trophy for a second successive year.

Tries from flanker Matt Bolwell, centre Nick Tompkins and prop Paul Hill secured the final victory, while fly-half Josh Sharp kicked 12 points.

Head coach John Fletcher said: “I’m delighted for all of the guys. I thought we played well for large periods and deserved to get the win. Full respect to France though, they had the crowd behind them and pushed us all the way.”

England Under-18s
15 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints & Moulton College)
14 Tom Howe (London Wasps & Shiplake College)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens & Oaklands College)
12 Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby & Bryanston School)
11 Tom Fowlie (London Irish & St Pauls Catholic College)
10 Josh Sharp (Saracens & Oaklands College)
9 Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs & Ivybridge College)
1 Luke Chapman (Exeter Chiefs & Truro College)
2 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henry’s Grammar)
3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henry’s Grammar)
4 Jordan Onojaife (Northampton Saints & Stowe School)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby & Bryanston School)
6 Matt Bolwell (Exeter Chiefs & Truro College)
7 Andrew Boyce (Worcester Warriors & Kings Worcester)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins & Brighton College) (c)

16 Sam James (Saracens & Bishops Stortford)
17 Neale Farthing (Leicester Tigers & Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth College)
18 Lewis Boyce (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henry’s Grammar)
19 Charlie Hewitt (Exeter Chiefs & Ivybridge College) for Ewels 35 mins
20 Josh Peters (Northampton Saints & Oundle School) for Onojaife 46 mins
21 James Mitchell (Sale Sharks & Lymm School) for Townsend 50 mins
22 Josh Skelcey (Northampton Saints & Moulton College) for Howe 50 mins
23 Louis Clayton-Molloy (London Wasps & Harrow School)
24 Andrew Hughes (Sale Sharks & Hartpury College) for Boyce 35 mins
25 George Perkins (Saracens & Oaklands)