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Former Hampshire County duo Joe Marchant (ex-Winchester RFC) and Gosport & Fareham's Joe Batley and his Hampshire County team mate) were celebrating last night after England won the Under 20s 6 Nations title beating France 24-11 win at Brighton's Amex Stadium writes Brian Seeney.

 

In front of over 12,600 fans Joe Marchant (now Harlequins) and George Perkins (Saracens) scored the decisive tries while Rory Jennings added 14 crucial points with the boot.

 

Batley (now Gloucester Rugby) came on in the 72 minute as a replacement and like Marchant featured in all England's games in the championship.

 

Head Coach Jon Callard said: "I'm extremely proud of all of the players and the management. It was a challenging game – France were extremely well drilled – but the players fronted up in the second half and ultimately deserved that win.

 

" We didn't get going in the first 40 but we kept in the game and kicked on well. It's great to win and to lift the trophy and it's just reward for their efforts.

 

"We're half way through our season with the junior World Cup coming up in June, and we're looking forward to heading out to Italy to defend the trophy. We have a talented group of players and a huge amount of credit must go to the clubs and the academies who put a lot of work into their guys."

 

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