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Quartet help England to make it two from two

George Martin led an England Under-18s squad containing three other Leicester Tigers players to a second successive win with a 33-12 success against France at Cheshunt RFC.

Second-rower Martin was joined in the matchday squad by Tigers academy colleagues Freddie Steward, James Whitcombe and Jack van Poortvliet as England followed up last week’s victory over Scotland to make it two from two with five tries against the French.

England led 26-0 at the break with tries from Tom Roebuck, Max Ojomoh, Alfie Barbeary, Josh Gillespie and three George Barton conversions, while Raphael Quirke added another touchdown after the break.

Head coach Jim Mallinder said: “We are really pleased, especially in the first half when we were outstanding. We’ve only really had two days training so to put together a performance like that was a real credit to the players.

“We’ve got a good group, defensively you see the spirit of the team, our set-piece worked well in the first half and we scored some good tries.”

In April an Under-19s team will play Wales in Bridgend before the Under-18 Six Nations festival where England face Wales, Ireland and France.

England Under-U18s: 15 Freddie Steward Leicester Tigers (Norwich School), 14 Louis Lynagh Harlequins (Hampton School), 13 Tom Roebuck Sale Sharks (Wirral Grammar), 12 Max Ojomoh Bath Rugby (KES Bath), 11 Josh Gillespie Northampton Saints (Millfield School), 10 George Barton Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School), 9 Raphael Quirke Sale Sharks (St Ambrose College), 1 Zac Nearchou Wasps (Radley College), 2 Alfie Barbeary Wasps (Bloxham School), 3 James Whitcombe Leicester Tigers (Woodhouse Grove), 4 George Martin Leicester Tigers (Brooksby Melton College)(c), 5 Chunya Munga London Irish (Leighton Park School), 6 Joe Howard Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College), 7 Jack Reid Harlequins (Wellington College), 8 Jack Clement Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College)
Replacements: 16 Theodore Dan Saracens (Alleyn's School), 17 Luke Green London Irish (St Paul’s Catholic College), 18 James Harper Sale Sharks (Merchant Taylor's), 19 Archie Benson Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School), 20 Josh Gray Gloucester Rugby (Dean Close School), 21 Jack van Poortvliet Leicester Tigers (Oakham School), 22 Tom Curtis Sale Sharks (Sedbergh School), 23 Louis Hillman-Cooper Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College)