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Victory for England Under-20s

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Leicester Tigers duo Harry Thacker and Henry Purdy played their part in a 33-9 victory for England Under-20s over Ireland Under-20s at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday evening.

Thacker started at hooker, while wing Purdy played more than half an hour after coming off the bench.

Tries from Maro Itoje, Howard Packman, Nick Tompkins and Joel Conlon secured the win, while Billy Burns added 13 points with the boot.

England head coach Nick Walshe said: “Ireland are a good side and had a real go at us, but we held firm and managed to put a decent score on the board.

“The positive thing is that we still feel that there is more to come from the guys. We’ll take a look back at this game now and identify what we need to work before we play Wales in Newcastle.”

England Under-20s
15 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
14 Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
10 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby, captain)
1 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
2 Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
3 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)

16 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie) on for Harry Thacker 53 mins
17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints) on for Alex Lundberg 48 mins
18 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie) on for Maro Itoje 78 mins
19 Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby) on for Charlie Ewels 53 mins
20 Gus Jones (London Wasps) on for James Chisholm 59 mins
21 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University) on Callum Braley 58 mins
22 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints) on for Billy Burns 60 mins
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers) on for Nathan Earle 46 mins