Ben White says the Under-20s Six Nations has been a rewarding experience for the England squad, despite narrowly missing out on the title on the final weekend.
England beat Ireland 48-15 on Friday evening, with five Leicester Tigers in the squad, but were edged out when France scored their own bonus-point try in a win over Wales to clinch the crown.
Tigers scrum-half White, who captained England in his debut at the start of the Championship, was among the try-scorers in the win over Ireland and said: “Everybody is happy with the result. We would have liked to win the Six Nations, if Wales had won, but at the end of the day we need to be happy with the result and it has been a good learning process to take to the World Cup.
“We went in to this final game only focusing on the game itself. You can only control what you can control, so our main focus was to get that bonus-point win.
“Ireland were really good, they gave us a tough first half and then our fitness took over in the second and we managed to score some good tries.”
The teams were tied at 15-15 at half-time but England pulled away with White running in the third try and Tigers colleague Joe Heyes adding the bonus-point score before the hosts added a further three scores in the final 10 minutes.
“The message was just to keep working hard, be disciplined, keep our eyes up and throw the ball about,” said White.
Asked about his try, latching on to a break by wing Gabriel Ibitoye to run in, White said: “I felt like I was treading water – I just made it across! It was nice to score a try but ‘Gabs’ did all the hard work.”