first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS French rule in U18 tri-nations eventTHE ENGLAND U18 Club and Schools side, Ireland U18 Clubs and France U18A played a tri-nations tournament at the French National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis.Tries: Ireland’s Conor FarrellIreland lost to France 7-3, the key score coming from a try by Bayonne wing Martin Laveau against a Brett Connon penalty.The Irish looked as if they were going to lose to England, who twice led after tries from lock Tom Bell (Uppingham), full-back Charlie Dockery (Epsom) and No 8 Alex Brown (Oaklands), but finished strongly to squeeze ahead 30-22. Two tries from flanker Conor Farrell (Navan) and 20 points from the boot of Connon secured the victory. France confirmed their strength in seeing off England 23-9. Fly-half Dan Lewis (St Joseph’s) kicked three penalties but flyer Laveau twice raced clear for the French.To find out which school won our Team of the Year award and for a round-up of news from the schools circuit, see the July 2014 edition of Rugby World – on sale Tuesday 3 June. Next generation: Huw S Thomas brings readers a regular round-up of schools news in Rugby World center_img THE U16 International Festival at Wellington College brought together four teams from England (South-West, Midlands, North and London & South-East), two from Wales (Druids and Celts), two from France (East and West) and one apiece from Italy and Scotland.Highlight of day one was the 29-29 draw between Welsh Druids and Scotland, who had to thank replacement Bruce Sorbie (Robert Gordon’s) for a late equalising try. In the North’s excellent 15-0 win over France West, Max Davies (Sedbergh) caught the eye at lock. London & SE impressed in the 38-5 win over Italy with centre Jack Longhurst (Fitzwimarc CS, Rayleigh) getting the opening try and shining throughout.On day two L&SE continued their good form with a 27-19 win over Welsh Celts helped by a brace of tries from Harrow wing Callum Sirker. Lincoln Minster centre Jordan Olowofela got a couple for the North only to see Scotland run in four through Sorbie, Sam Yawayawa (Firhill HS), Charlie Shiel (RHS) and Tom Klein (Earlston HS) to claim a 26-14 win. The Midlands led the Welsh Druids after a couple of touchdowns from wing Harry Robinson (The Chase) but replacement centre Cameron Lewis went over to secure a 15-15 draw.On the third and final day, the England selectors chose the two best teams from their four sides to play Scotland U16 and Italy U17. The A side pipped Italy 10-8, thanks largely to a try from Robinson before the top side battled to a 32-22 win over Scotland.Six England tries – a brace apiece for wings Sirker and Gabriel Ibitoye (Trinity) and one each from Castle School full-back Ollie Graham and outstanding Tonbridge No 8 Ben Earl – against a brace from wing Ross McCann (RHS) and one from Yawayawa ended another thrilling tournament.In the Wales v France confrontations, the top game was won by Wales 34-17 and the A clash went the way of France 18-5. Rugby World’s schools correspondent Huw S Thomas reports from this season’s age-grade international scenelast_img

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