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England defeated by France at Twickenham

Freddie Steward was the lone try-scorer for England in their home defeat to France, 10-53, at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Leicester back's try, with only half an hour remaining in the Guinness Six Nations game, was however not enough to help mount a comeback for the national side against the French.

Three first-half tries for the visitors, as well as five successful attempts from the kicking tee, helped them take a 24-point, 3-27, lead into the break before adding four more tries in the second-half to secure the 43-point victory and keep their hopes of a tournament win alive.

Earlier on Saturday, Tommy Reffell came off the bench at the hour mark for Wales in their 12-point, 17-29, away win over Italy.

On Friday evening, five members of the Tigers Senior Academy represented England Under-20s in their Six Nations fixture against France at The Recreation Ground.

Tim Hoyt, Lewis Chessum, Rob Carmichael and Finn Carnduff started, while Joshua Manz was included in the matchday squad as a replacement.

Chessum captained the side for a fourth successive match, with the youngsters winning their three games leading into the game, but were defeated for the first time 7-42 by their French counterparts.