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White says he will 'never forget' England captaincy

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Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben White described the experience as “unbelievable” when he led England Under-20s for the first time against Wales on Friday evening.

White, who scored a try on his Under-20s debut in the win over Italy a week earlier, was on the scoresheet again as England recorded a 37-12 victory over the Welsh in a game played at Kingston Park, Newcastle.

He was joined in the starting line-up by clubmates Jordan Olowofela, Joe Heyes and Sam Lewis, with Tom Hardwick among the replacements and had the unique experience of facing house-mate Tommy Reffell as captain of Wales.

“It is an unbelievable feeling to lead out your country. It is something I’ll never forget,” White said.

“I found out about it early in the week so I had time to get my head around it.

“My parents were here for the game, I saw them afterwards and it was a nice moment to see them.”

England recovered from conceding an early try against a Welsh side who also started the Six Nations with a Round 1 win, and pulled away to lead 37-5 – with Olowofela joining White among the tryscorers –  before the visitors claimed a late consolation score.

“The forwards were really good,” said White. “They give us a great platform.

“We absorbed some pressure from them early on but we upped the tempo and showed what we can do.

“I think we met Wales and bettered them physically and we scored some good tries.

“It was nice to get the try but the team did all the work, got us in a really good position. I’ve scored two tries from about two metres so far!”

England head north of the border to face Scotland in Round 3 on Friday, February 23.