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Wales U20 stun England as France & Ireland pick up big wins

Wales U20 avenged last season’s heavy defeat to England U20 with a superb 2-15 victory to lay down a big marker on the opening weekend of the U20 6 Nations.

England actually led 12-6 at half time but only secured three points in the second half as Wales took advantage of a couple of English yellow cards and then showed some resilience defence to keep their noses ahead at the death.

Last year’s Champions, France, were in fine form though. They put a determined young Scottish side to the sword with a 47-6 victory, suggesting that they are more than ready to rise to the challenge of retaining their title.

Wales will be playing Scotland next weekend and will be looking to build on their mighty start against England, Scotland will be a fired up side though and with the passion of the hostile Netherdale crowd behind them they will surely challenge Wales more than they did France.

France meanwhile will be facing Ireland, who also started off their Championship with a very strong victory, a 47-15 win over Italy, while puts them second in the table after the opening round of fixtures.

Life for Italy is not about to get any easier, they must take on an angry England side next weekend, who will be desperate to get back to winning ways after Satuday’s defeat.

England’s Head Coach, John Callard, was already looking ahead to that game post match on Saturday, and hopes that the defeat to Wales will prove to be a learning curve:

“It was a disappointing game for us. Wales came out and disrupted our set-piece and game plan, and full credit to them for that. It’s a big learning curve for us, we put heavy pressure on their line towards the end but couldn’t find the breakthrough. We’ll regroup and review and we’ll be better for it as we look ahead to Italy next Friday.”

U20 6 Nations Opening Round Results:

France 47-6 Scotland

Italy 15-47 Ireland

Wales 21-15 England

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