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Capon and Rowland help England to victory

Will Capon's first half try helped England U18s to a winning start with a 24-8 victory over France in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The U18s led 19-3 at the break through tries from Will Porter, Capon and Cadan Murley along with two Kieran Wilkinson conversions in a clinical first half of rugby by John Fletcher’s side.

France responded shortly after the break with a try from Mathis Lebel but Murley’s second late on sealed victory.

It was the opening match of their three-game development tour in South Africa, where England will also play Wales and South Africa Schools.

The U18s opened the scoring with scrum-half Porter spotting a gap before jinking his way through for the first try of the game.

Louis Carbonel sent over a penalty with England punished for offiside to reduce the deficit, before Capon bundled over off the back of a maul after a line-out was driven to France’s try line.

Murley then flew over in the corner after the three-quarters had created an overlap for the Harlequin back to cross before half-time.

Lebel then went over shortly after the restart to get France back in the game and reduce the deficit to 11 points.

England had Beck Cutting sent to the sin bin in the 59th minute before a period of brave defence kept France at bay and with three minutes remaining, Murley went over to give England an unassailable 24-8 lead.

"It's a great way to start the tour and always nice to get a win and try and we look forward to the next challenge against Wales," said Capon.

Murley added: "I thought the guys came together really well, France are always a physical test and it's great to start the tour with a victory."

England U18 team to face France:

Nick David (Worcester Warriors & Warwick), Arron Reed (Sale Sharks & Kirkham Grammar), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints & Bedford School), Sam Spink (Wasps & Wellington College), Cadan Murley (Harlequins, Bishop Wordsworth's School), Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks & Kirkham Grammar), Will Porter (Wasps & Merchant Taylors), Sam Moore (Sale Sharks & Sedbergh School), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester & St Peters), Tom Willis (Wasps & Henley College), James Scott (Worcester Warriors & Malvern College), Joe Tunney (Wasps & Dr Challoners), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers & Wyggeston & QEI College), Will Capon (Bristol & Bristol Grammar), Tom Rowland (Bristol & Bristol Grammar).

Replacements: George Head (Harlequins & Tonbridge School), Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors & Bromsgrove), Nick Rigby (Worcester Warriors & Warwick), Josh Basham (London Irish & Wellington College), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs & Exeter College), Ollie Fox (Yorkshire & New College Pontefract), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks & Sedbergh), Tom de Glanville (Bath & Beechen Cliff).

Results & fixtures

Friday 11 August: England U18 24-8 France  - Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch (1.15pm BST).

Tuesday 15 August: England U18 v Wales - Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl (1.15pm BST)

Saturday 19 August: England U18 v SA Schools - City Park, Athlone (1pm BST)