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ENGLAND Deaf were beaten 31-24 by Northamptonshire Police in a friendly at Old Northamptonians on Sunday despite 12 points from scrum-half Lee Woollard.

Woollard of Sidcup scored a try and kicked two conversions and a penalty but his last minute try came too late to deny the Police victory.

It was a tough game for the lads, the Police certainly came at us with their strength & mighty - I believe we managed to show our composure at the latter stage of the game, the lads played well and with vigour, said Tony Stoyles, England Deafs director of rugby.

Iits matches like these that gives us the opportunity to look at our squad more closely for our due Internationals in February against Wales and March against Scotland.

I am pleased with the overall performance from the squad. The team had some new young players introduced to give them a taste and to learn. We look forward to working with them for the future

Brighton fly-half Mark Lewis gave England Deaf an early lead with a try which he also converted but he was then forced out of the game with a ruptured bicep.

Flanker Barney Read of Shoreham crossed for England Deafs second try on the half hour but the Police scored again on the stroke of half-time to stretch their lead to ten points.

The gap was increased to 31-14 early in the second half but Woollard kicked a 75thminute penalty and then improved his own try with the final play of the match.

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