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England U18s beat France in South Africa

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After a fantastic month where England's women delivered on the World stage by lifting the 2014 World Cup in Paris, England's Under 18s went on their winning ways in South Africa to record a 23-6 victory against France.

In their tour of South Africa England have to play Wales, France and South Africa, and so far have won two of their three match-ups with one game remaining against host nation South Africa.

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Their first game was against Wales in Cape Town and the English prevailed to beat the Welsh stars 24-21, a great start to their tour.

After this confidence boost and a good test of character England recently faced France in George, and showed great courage to beat the French 23-6; Joe Marchant and John Williams both scoring killer tries.

John Fletcher

After the game head coach John Fletcher spoke of how he knew the France match would be difficult, but apart from a few errors believed this side were always in control.

"It was another tough game, as it always is when you play France. I thought that we dominated the game for periods, but France defended and tackled well, and to be fair they had a long spell in our half.

“We made a few too many unforced errors, particularly early on in the game. But I thought that we were quite comfortable throughout and we’ve come through with each player on tour having had a start which will start us in good stead for Saturday’s game against South Africa.

The last game of the tour will be against the hosts South Africa who have always shown their aggressive nature of play to win a game, and Jaco Coetzee won't make it easy for the European Champions having already beaten France 28-13 on the opening day of the tour.


With these two victories the game of rugby is growing ever more in this nation, considering England will be hosting the World Cup next year, and England's women and Under 20s both won their World Cup competitions this year.

So if these youngsters can head into their next game, in the heart of South Africa, with boosted confidence of beating a difficult France and a passionate Welsh nation then they should be able to get the job done.

But again if they lose it is about experience, how they can build from their defeat and push on to do better things.

A defeat might even make them stronger, giving them a new motive to come out on top when they reach the under 20s level or even when they make it professional.

One thing for sure however is that it isn't the end of the world if England go on to lose, it would just be another factor that shows this has been a great year for English rugby.

There is still time before England take on South Africa, but considering the Springboks hammered Wales 40-15 in George the match-up between these two nations will be one to savour.

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