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Your News Hodgson scores three as England U18 beat France in South Africa

Joel Hodgson scored a hat-trick of tries as England Under 18s overwhelmed France 66-19 in George today.

The RGS Newcastle and Newcastle Falcons fly half led the way as England touched down 10 times in the second game of their South Africa tour.

The result extended their winning sequence to 19 international victories since the summer of 2007 going into the final game against South Africa U18 in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

England made 10 changes to the side that beat a Namibia XV 35-10 last week – and started only seven of the players who posted their 33-16 win against France at Newbury back in February.

But they mixed back-line fluency and forward power with Oaklands and Saracens lock Tom Jubb marking his debut with a try while fly half Henry Slade (Plymouth College & Exeter Chiefs) and former Crediton centre Sam Hill (Ivybridge & Exeter Chiefs) also won their first caps off the bench.

The other tries were shared by lock George Merrick (Whitgift & Harlequins), hooker Nathan Moris (Sedbergh & Newcastle Falcons), full back Ben Ransom (Tonbridge & Saracens), wing Charlie Walker (Oakham & Leicester Tigers) and replacement flanker Sam Northcote-Green (Dulwich & London Wasps) and Slade.

Centre Tommy Bell (Bacup & Rawtenstall GS & Sale Sharks) added three conversions, Slade two and centre Elliott Daly (Whitgift & London Wasps) one.

Head coach John Fletcher said: “In the first half we were good and played with lots of tempo and pace, caused France problems and moved the ball well.

“The second was a bit patchy and we made a few unforced errors but fair play to France, they made us work hard and were dangerous when they had the ball.

“Overall I’m really pleased with the performance though and we’ll have to step it up again when we face South Africa on Friday.”

England U18: Ben Ransom (Tonbridge & Saracens); Mark Jennings (Lymm HS & Sale Sharks), Elliot Daly (Whitgift & London Wasps), Tommy Bell (Bacup and Rawtenstall GS & Sale Sharks), Charlie Walker (Oakham & Harlequins); Joel Hodgson (RGS Newcastle & Newcastle Falcons), Dan Robson (Hartpury College & Gloucester Rugby); Luke Cowan-Dickie (Truro College & Exeter Chiefs), Nathan Moris (Sedbergh & Newcastle Falcons), Kyle Sinckler (Epsom College & Harlequins), George Merrick (Whitgift School & Harlequins), Tom Jubb (Oaklands College & Saracens), Will Skuse (Bryanston & Bath Rugby), Chris Walker (Prince Henry's GS, Otley & Leeds Carnegie, captain), Billy Vunipola (Harrow & London Wasps, vice captain)

Replacements: Koree Britton (Ivybridge College & Gloucester Rugby) for Moris 65, Nick Auterac (Oaklands College & Saracens) for Cowan-Dickie 55, Anthony Brennan (Twyford CofE & London Wasps) for Sinckler 65, Will Spencer (St Paul's Catholic & Bath Rugby) for Merrick 45, Sam Northcote-Green (Dulwich College & London Wasps) for Vunipola, Henry Slade (Plymouth College & Exeter Chiefs) for Bell 38, Sam Hill (Ivybridge College & Exeter Chiefs) for Daly 65, Anthony Watson (St George's College, Weybridge & London Irish) for Ransom 65, Dominic Barrow (Prince Henry's GS, Otley & Leeds Carnegie) for Chris Walker 68.

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