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Your News Faulkner scores 6 tries as England Deaf romp to victory

WINGER Adam Faulkner ran in a record six tries as England Deaf started their preparations for their forthcoming international programme with a crushing 101-5 win over Essex Bishops at Braintree RFC today.

Faulker, formerly of Shropshire club Newport now of Wharfedale, scored the first double hat-trick in the history of England Deaf rugby.

The match was the culmination of a training weekend supported by the very generous sponsorship of Elms Stansted BMW dealership. The England Deaf squad were hosted at the dealerships Bishops Stortford showroom on Saturday morning when they managed to establish that the spacious new Mini Clubman will hold 14 deaf rugby players.

The squad soon settled to the more serious business of match preparation and returned to Braintree RFC for a training session with Mike Ford, the England senior sides defence coach.

The session set up England Deaf well for the game against Essex Bishops, an experienced team comprising players from nearly 20 clubs across the county.

England Deaf got off to a flying start in the first minute when winger Faulkner received the ball on the left of the field deep within his 22. He set of at high speed and carved his way through the Bishops to score under the post. The conversion was missed but it was a sign of things to come.

Faulkner again showed his impressive speed and agiilty to score his second try on 22 minutes. It was the opening of the floodgates as England Deaf started spreading the ball wide to maximise their speed advantage.

Tries followed for Guy Lavery (Cheeky Ladies London) and two more for Faulkner on 35 and 37 minutes. With three conversion from Mark Lewis (Brighton) the England Deaf team went in at half time leading 31-5.

After the break England Deaf continued to take advantage of their pace and while the Bishops continued to play festival rugby, further tries were added at regular intervals throughout the second half. Tries were scored by Rhys Stickings (Thanet Wanderers), Lewis (2), a hat-trick from Barney Reed, a 17 year-old debutant from Shoreham, two from Ceri Thomas (Brighton) and two more for Faulkner.

Lewis contributed 32 points with eleven conversions to go with his two tries.

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