Warriors trio help England Under 20s to opening victory

Hill, Scott and Cutting involved for England

Warriors trio Ted Hill, James Scott and Beck Cutting were in action for England Under 20s on Wednesday night as they helped their country to a bonus-point 39-18 victory over Argentina in Narbonne.

Hill and Scott started in the forward pack, while Cutting came off the bench as England got their World Rugby U20 Championship campaign off to a winning start.

England led 19-15 at half-time through two Jordan Olowofela tries, a try for Henry Walker and two James Grayson conversions.

Argentina had responded with tries from Santiago Chocobares and Bautista Pedemonte as well as five points from the boot of Juan Bautista Daireaux.

But second-half tries from Walker and Marcus Smith, both converted, as well as Tom Hardwick’s penalty helped seal victory for England with Joaquín de la Vega Mendía kicking Argentina’s only points of the second period.

England will next play Italy in Perpignan on Sunday before ending their Pool B fixtures against Scotland in Beziers.

England Head Coach Steve Bates said: “There were some really good bits in there. We scored some good tries, we scrummaged well, we got the ball from the lineout and scrum regularly, so all in all we’ll look back on that and say that’s not a bad start to the tournament.

“There is plenty for us to work on but that’s a tough start, a physical start, so we’ve got to be careful with our recovery now and move forward.

“I think it is really important in this competition that you’re not chasing points all the time so winning, particularly the first game, is massive and it’s very important to start with that.”

England U20s
15 Tom Parton (London Irish)
14 Ali Crossdale (Saracens)
13 Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
12 Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers)
11 Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers)
10 James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
9 Ben White (Leicester Tigers)
1 Toby Trinder (Northampton Saints)
2 Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby)
3 Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints)
4 Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5 James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
6 Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
7 Ben Curry (Sale Sharks) (C)
8 Josh Basham (London Irish)

Replacements
16 Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors)
17 Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
18 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
19 Sam Lewis (Leicester Tigers)
20 Tom Willis (Wasps)
21 Rory Brand (London Irish)
22 Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
23 Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)

England U20 fixtures

England 39-18 Argentina

England vs Italy
Sunday 3 June | Kick-off 3.30pm BST | Highlights on ITV Sport 11pm
Stade Aimé Giral, Perpignan

England vs Scotland
Thursday 7 June | Kick-off 8pm BST | Highlights on ITV Sport 12am
Stade de la Méditerranée, Beziers

Semi-finals and ranking play-offs:
12 June, Narbonne and Perpignan

Finals day:
17 June, Beziers