Warriors trio score but England U17s beaten in France

Warriors youngsters Alex Bartley, Tom Furnival and Tom Fawcett were all on the scoresheet for England Under 17s on Saturday despite them going down to a 47-26 defeat to France in Geuegnon. 

They trailed France 22-19 at the break, scoring tries through JJ Tonks, Bartley and Furnival as well as two Kieran Wilkinson conversions.

Tonks powered over after Tom Marshall's pass released him while Bartley scored direct from Wilkinson's restart and then just before the break Furnival barrelled over in the corner.

However, France proved too strong in the second period, scoring 18 unanswered points, before Tom Fawcett seared through. 

The hosts had their sixth try late on though to seal the victory.

England Under 17 Head Coach John Fletcher said: “I was pleased with the first-half. I thought we were really strong. It was three tries all and I thought we were the better side.

“We had an opportunity straight after half-time and didn’t take it. They went up the other end and scored.

“It got scrappy and unstructured after that and they continued to play at the same intensity throughout the game and we dropped off. Overall I’m pleased, it was a good experience for the players.”

England Under 17s | Cameron Redpath, Harry Barlow, Tom de Glanville, Ollie Lawrence, Alex Bartley, Kieran Wilkinson, Sam Maunder, Tom Marshall, JJ Tonks, Richard Capstick, Cameron Boon, Alex Colesn, Tom Furnival, Samon Ma'asi, Bevan Rodd

Replacements | Alfie Barbeary, Shay O'Malley, Alfie Petch, George Hammond, Tom Fawcett, Tom Walsh, Sam Spink, Reece Dunn

Attendance | 3,800