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Four tries for Singleton as England U20 beat Italy

England Under 20 bounced back from their defeat to Scotland with a seven-try victory over Italy, which included four for hooker Jack Singleton.

Jon Callard’s side led 17-0 at the break with Singleton (two) and Max Malins all crossing while Joe Marchant sent over a conversion.

The tries continued to flow after half-time with George Perkins scoring England’s fourth which Marchant converted.

Singleton crossed for his hat trick, with Marchant’s penalty making it 32-0 before Gabriele Venditti charged over for Italy’s only try as Leonardo Mantelli added the conversion.

There was more to come for England as Singleton scored his fourth while Curtis Langdon went over on his debut as the game ended 42-7.

Singleton's four tries capped off a wonderful display by the Worcester Warriors player.

"I'm chuffed but it was more important to get the win," said Singleton.

"I didn't have to do too much for most of my tries, the forwards did all the work and the backs were bossing us around so it was pretty easy in the end. They did all the hard graft and I got to go over in the corner.

"It was a great feeling at the end. We had a pretty tough week after that Scotland game and wanted to put a lot of stuff right and I think we went out there and did that."

The two nations have met 11 times now at U20 level with England victorious on each occasion, the last eight by 35 points or more and Italy scoring no more than seven points in any of those games.

Head Coach Jon Callard said: “We were very composed tonight and the game management was excellent in difficult wet and greasy conditions. 

"We had to work hard particularly in the first twenty minutes to get into the right areas of the field and, although we didn’t immediately turn that into points, our intent to play meant we wore Italy down effectively.

“Credit goes to the coaches and especially Rory Teague for our attack; for encouraging good ball play by both the forwards and the backs.  They weren’t all push over tries, we moved Italy around and then capitalised on the openings that were created. 

“This win is a massive confidence booster to this young group. It shows them that results come when they combine hard work during the week with the confidence and conviction to put it into practice on the Friday night.  

"The players can be very pleased knowing they have earned this win with a good performance in testing conditions but with Ireland up next the hard work continues if we are to back this up in Newcastle.” 

Tries: Singleton (4), Malins, Perkins, Langdon
Conversions: Marchant (2)
Pen: Marchant

England U20 v Italy U20
15. Max Malins (Saracens)
14. George Perkins (Saracens)
13. Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
12. Charlie Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
11. Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
10. Mathew Protheroe (Gloucester Rugby)
9. Max Green (Yorkshire Carnegie)

1. Tom West (Wasps)
2. Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)
3. Will Stuart (Wasps)
4. Huw Taylor (Worcester Warriors)
5. George Nott (Sale Sharks)
6. Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)
7. Sam Smith (Worcester Warriors)
8. Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons) ©

16. Curtis Langdon (London Irish)
17. Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens)
18. Billy Keast (Exeter Chiefs)
19. Stan South (Harlequins)
20. Jack Willis (Wasps)
21. Jamie Shillcock (Worcester Warriors)
22. Joe Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
23. Paolo Odogwu (Leicester Tigers)

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