Plymouth's Henry Slade among the points as England win
PLYMOUTH rugby star Henry Slade kicked 15 points as England Under-20s hammered France 40-10 at Worcester to continue their unbeaten start in this year's Six Nations Championship.
Former Plymouth College pupil Slade kicked three penalties and three conversion in the match at Sixways.
England captain Jack Clifford scored a hat-trick of tries, one created by dual-registered Albion prop Luke Cowan-Dickie, with Henry Purdy also crossing for the hosts, who also got a penalty try.
But their was a worry for Plymouth-born winger Jack Arnott, who picked up a nasty-looking shoulder injury just after half-time in the game against France.
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Like Slade and Cowan-Dickie, former St Boniface and Ivybridge Community College pupil Arnott is dual-registered with Albion from Premiership club Exeter.
Albion and Exeter will be just hoping the injury is not as bad as feared.
England, who also included current and former Ivybridge Community College players Joel Conlon and Sam Hill in their starting line-up, were only 6-3 up at the break.
Slade missed two early penalties but found his mark with his third on 32 minutes before adding a second just before half-time.
But England turned on the style second half. Their first try came courtesy of a penalty try, which Slade converted.
France did hit back with their only try of the game through winger Gabriel Lacroix.
But then England pulled away with Clifford's hat-trick.
Slade tweeted afterwards: "Great win for the boys against a good French side."
Harlequins number eight Clifford said: "We're delighted to get the win – although the full-time score of 40-10 seemed a long way off at half-time, when we went in 6-3 to the good.
"I think it's fair to say the coaches had a few stern words with us in the changing room, but it was needed and it really geed us up to go out and perform in the second period."
CHAMPIONSHIP/BRITISH & IRISH CUP RESULTS
Championship: Newcastle 50 Cornish Pirates 3
British & Irish Cup: Bristol 61 Cardiff 12, Rotherham 49 Aberavon 7, Nottingham 31 Llandovery 15