Jonny May scored twice as England's Under 20 side warmed up for the RBS U20 Six Nations by running in nine tries in a 61-7 win against Cambridge University last night.
Wing Sam Smith (Harlequins) - the son of former England international Simon Smith - finished with a hat-trick of tries with centres Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby) and Tom Catterick (Newcastle Falcons) both scoring twice.
Replacement lock Charlie Matthews (Harlequins) and hooker Arthur Ellis (London Wasps) also touched down and fly half Jake Sharp (Saracens) kicked eight of his nine conversion attempts.
The Light Blues had opened the scoring at Grange Road through wing Dave Riley with Jamie Hood converting.
England were without several players capped last season including 2009 Junior World Championship finalists James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), Rory Clegg (Harlequins) and Tom Homer (London Irish).
So the evening was a particularly encouraging one for head coach Mark Mapletoft as he prepares the side for the tournament opener against Wales at Gloucester on February 5 (7.45pm).
"We know strength in depth is the key to being competitive in the Six Nations and in the Junior World Championship," said Mapletoft.
"You're always a bit apprehensive and I didn't know how we'd go but I'm really pleased with the performance.
"Defensively after we'd conceded an early score we looked composed when we could have been rattled and nine tries was a good return.
"We still lack a bit of a cutting edge, making breaks and the last pass going to ground, but that's all part of the learning process and the development of these young athletes.
"Smithy took his chances well but it's hard to pick out any one individual. All 25 guys involved got on and all 25 put their hands up for a place in the first game against Wales."
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish); Will Hurrell (Leicester Tigers), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Tom Catterick (Newcastle Falcons), Sam Smith (Harlequins); Jake Sharp (Saracens), Sam Harrison (Leicester Tigers); Joe Marler (Harlequins), Jamie George (Saracens), Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby), Calum Green (Leicester Tigers), Danny Wright (Gloucester Rugby), Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons), Jacob Rowan (Leeds Carnegie), Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons).
Replacements (all used):
Arthur Ellis (London Wasps), Lee Imiolek (Sale Sharks), Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), Peter Elder (London Wasps), Jackson Wray (Saracens), Sam Stuart (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Christian Wade (London Wasps).
England scorers: Tries: Smith 3, May 2, Catterick 2, Matthews, Ellis. Conversions: Sharp 8.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.