Fixtures - Top Bar

Bath Rugby lock Ewels seeks even more from England Under-20s

Bath Rugby starlet Charlie Ewels admits reigning World Rugby Under-20 Championship holders England will have to up their game against Wales this weekend despite getting off to a winning start against Japan on Tuesday.

England Under-20s got their defence off to a flawless start when Saracens wing George Perkins sliced under the posts to score with just 37 seconds on the clock at Stadio San Michele in Calvisano, Italy.

And that was the catalyst for an impressive first half with six more tries following at regular intervals, another Saracen in Aaron Morris and Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Stuart Townsend grabbing two each to rack up a 45-0 half-time lead.

Jack Walker and Wasps’ Tom Howe also crossed in the first half for the Red Rose, but Japan were persistent and dominated possession for long periods of the second period.

Though Exeter’s Sam Skinner capped a length-of-the-field move minutes after the restart, the Brave Blossoms replied via a penalty try.

And England Under-20s captain Ewels insists better concentration and accuracy will be required against Wales on Saturday.

“We always focus on performance and I think first half we got a lot of things right,” said the lock. “The scoreboard reflected that.

“Second half not so much, but then fair play to the Japanese, they came out and put us under some real pressure.

“We’ve been working really hard on attack in training so it was nice to start off at set-piece and score.

“Things clicked and went Exeter Chiefs’ well from there [until half-time] but then they weren’t so good in the second half.

“We’re still after that 80-minute performance because ultimately, to beat the best teams in this tournament, you need to perform for 80 minutes.”

England, who beat South Africa 21-20 in a dramatic final in last year’s championship, fell to defeat the last time they faced Wales in the first game of this year’s Six Nations in February.

But Ewels is confident they can turn the tables this time round.

“We’re a different side to what we were back then.” Ewels added. “We talk about building through competitions and we built through that Six Nations.

“Hopefully we’ve kicked on from where we finished against France in the last game of that tournament and we are a better side again.

“Both teams have had more time together but we definitely want to put that result right.

“It wasn’t a good way to start the Six Nations so hopefully we can put a performance in.”

 

Latest News

Owen Farrell wary of Glasgow Warriors threat

Revenge for the RBS 6 Nations may be on the minds of Glasgow Warriors’ players when they visit Saracens in…

Biyi Alo: Worcester Warriors cannot afford to take foot off the gas

Worcester Warriors prop Biyi Alo believes his side must continue to look up the table ahead of their Aviva Premiership…

Jacob Rowan, Billy Vunipola, Christian Wade and Jeremy Thrush star in OPTA Rugby Rankings

Saracens No.8 Billy Vunipola was back to his rampaging best in his club’s crucial Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Bath…

Referee appointments for EPCR quarter-finals

It is not only Aviva Premiership Rugby’s playing stars that will be under the spotlight this weekend in the European…

Six exciting prospects join Harlequins Academy for 2017/18 season

Harlequins is today (Wednesday 29th March) proud to announce that six members of the Club's victorious U18s side will join…

Twickenham Stoop

Denny Solomona; “I’ve been here three years and it’s the choice I want to make”

Sale Sharks flying winger Denny Solomona is now eligible to play for England after receiving notification from the RFU. Speaking…

Denny Solomona

Saints community coaching helps Royal Latin reach Twickenham

This afternoon the first team from Buckingham’s Royal Latin School will be running out at Twickenham, thanks to the coaching…

Italy prop Michele Rizzo agrees new deal with Leicester Tigers

Italy international prop Michele Rizzo has agreed a new contract with Leicester Tigers. Rizzo has returned from injury to take…

Michele Rizzo

Former Scotland skipper Andy Nicol looks ahead to exciting Champions Cup clashes

As an ex-Glasgow Warrior Andy Nicol is delighted to see the Scotstoun outfit side reach the quarter-finals of the Champions…

RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Bryce Heem

The charge against Bryce Heem of Worcester Warriors for tackling the jumper in the air, contrary to law 10.4(i), was…

Bryce Heem

Saracens to thank Emergency Services at Derby Day

Saracens are offering complimentary tickets to any member of the London Emergency Services for the upcoming Derby Day clash against…

Wembley

Champions Cup semi-final venues announced

BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton, as well as three French stadiums – the Allianz…

Fly-half Josh Lewis signs for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to welcome fly-half Josh Lewis, who will join the Club from Ebbw Vale for the 2017/18…

Josh Lewis

Don Armand targeting big final push with Exeter Chiefs

Don Armand insists Exeter Chiefs will make the most of time off to ensure they are in fine fettle for…

Don Armand

RFU Disciplinary: Bryce Heem

Bryce Heem of Worcester Warriors will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel this evening charged with tackling the jumper in…

Gloucester Rugby respond to rumours regarding Carl Fearns

Gloucester Rugby have today responded to a story in the French press alleging that Carl Fearns will not be joining…

Kingsholm