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Memorable day for England's Tigers

England recorded a bonus-point win over Italy in the second round of the Six Nations on a landmark day for two Leicester Tigers players.

Five Tigers were included in the matchday squad as England triumphed 33-0 in Rome, bouncing back from Calcutta Cup defeat by Scotland in round one.

Freddie Steward and Ellis Genge – whose pass set up a score for hooker Jamie George just before half-time – started in Rome, while club colleagues Ben Youngs, George Ford and Ollie Chessum all appeared off the bench.

Scrum-half Youngs ran on for his 114th cap in the 55th minute, equalling the England record for appearances set by prop Jason Leonard.

Then 21-year-old Chessum gained his first cap, after just 22 first-team appearances for Tigers, as a replacement for Tom Curry with quarter of an hour left on the clock.

Chessum becomes the 92nd Leicester player to make their England debut. 

Ford also added to his caps total before the end as England closed out victory thanks to tries from Jamie George (2), Marcus Smith, Elliot Daly and Kyle Sinckler.