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Friday, July 10, 2009

U20s: Lizell scores in massive England win

U20 Nations Cup - Round 1:
England 47, Canada 0
USA 7, Wales 3

Lizell and Sasha both began the opening round of the Nations Cup on the bench, and both came on together halfway through the second half. Despite that there was still time for Lizell to score her second try in two internationals.

However, this game was rather more one-sided than the visit to play Wales at Colwyn Bay in the spring as England scored seven unanswered tries in their largest win in a U20 international, and their largest win in any age group game since they beat Canada 48-0 in at U19 level in 2004. Sounds like the last minute replacement of the entire Canadian coaching team (see earlier post) was a brilliantly effective strategy - for their opponents ! Click here for full match report (from RFUW).

With USA sneaking home 7-3 against Wales thanks to a try from the final play of the game (see reports from USA rugby and Welsh RFU), England look extremely well placed to retain the title. In fact USA could be England's biggest barrier - and you can follow their campaign from the inside via the USA's team blog. Learn all about their visit to the Olde Country, from their first English culinary experiences (the Full English Breakfast - which may account for why they could only beat Wales by four points) to their views on the luxuary accommodation they have been given for the tournament (aka "The Orphanage").

If you went to today's games, what did you make of it? Any photos? The official photographer for the event seems to be Scrumpix - but nothing is currently available on their site.

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