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England U18 beat Italy to secure 3rd place Euro finish

England U18 secured third place in the European Championships after beating Italy 39-12.

The hosts, France, secured the Championship, beating Georgia 57-0 in the final.

England had lost to France in their semi final but came out firing in this third place play-off, reaching the break 29-0 up after scoring four tries.

Leicester Grammar School winger Paolo Odogwu was the star on the try scoring front, securing a brace, while Zach Mercer of Merchiston Castle and Johnny McPhillips of Sedbergh also added to their prior try scoring exploits, with McPhillips also contributing nine points with the boot. Lymm High School’s Mark Dixon and SGS Filton College’s Dan Frost also scored second half tries.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach John Fletcher reflectied on the match and the tournament, and looked ahead to the forthcoming U18 and U19 internationals over the rest of the season:

“Overall it was an okay performance from the guys. It was a decent effort but we felt we could have given more. The Italian scrum and driving play was strong but when we got the ball in hand we looked a threatening side.”

 “We came out here with the ultimate goal to win all three games and continue to improve our performances. We are obviously disappointed not to win but overall it has been a pleasing competition for us in terms of players improving and spending time together. We will be looking forward to the under 19 games coming up and then the South African tests in August.”

England U18 XV:

15. Johnny McPhillips (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)

14. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins, Trinity College)

13. Dominic Morris (Saracens, New Hall School)

12. Max Malins (Saracens, Felsted)

11. Paolo Odogwu (Leicester Tigers, Leicester Grammar School)

10. Mark Dixon (Sale Sharks, Lymm High School)

9. Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs, Blundell’s) (Captain)

1. Jake Pope (Sale Sharks, Myerscough College)

2. Curtis Langdon (London Irish, St Paul’s Catholic College)

3. Charlie Capps (Prince Henry’s, Yorkshire Carnegie)

4. Josh Caulfield (Exeter Chiefs, Bicton College)

5. Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, Haileybury College)

6. Archie White (Harlequins, Epsom College)

7. Will Allman (Northampton Saints, Trent College)

8. Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby, Merchiston Castle School)

Replacements:

16. Dan Frost (Bath Rugby, Filton College)

17. Oliver Dawe (Exeter Chiefs, Bicton College)

18. Jack Edmondson (Bath Rugby, Sherborne)

19. Tim Cardall (Northampton Saints, Moulton College)

20. Joe Craggs (Newcastle Falcons, Gosforth Academy)

21. Will Evans (Leicester Tigers, Wyggeston & QEI College)

22. Alex Mitchell (Sale Sharks, Lymm High School)

23. Darren Atkins (Bath Rugby, Millfield School)

24. Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie, Prince Henry’s)

25. Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins, Wellington College)

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