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.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Speaking to GRTV after the final whistle, Tom Palmer praised the Cherry and Whites concentration and desire to hold on to a narrow 14-7 victory. The second row topped the tackle charts with 19 as he led the home team's resistance.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.