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Last Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006, 18:04 GMT 19:04 UK
England U21s off to flying start
England got their IRB Under-21 World Championship campaign off to a bright start with a 34-8 win over Fiji.

Newcastle fly-half Toby Flood, playing at inside centre, was England's stand-out player, scoring 19 points.

His converted try, after two penalties, gave England a 13-5 interval lead and further tries from Anthony Allen, Paul Diggin and Jordan Crane sealed the win.

Coach Jim Mallinder said: "It was a very difficult game. Fiji were big and skilful. We had to work hard to win."

He added: "In the end it was pleasing to get a bonus point but we will have to improve for our next difficult game against New Zealand."

Scotland led Australia 14-0 at the break and were 14-13 up late on, thanks to a Ross Rennie try and three penalties from captain David Blair.

Friday's results:
England U21 34-8 Fiji U21
Italy U21 16-75 New Zealand U21
Wales U21 73-25 Georgia U21
Australia U21 18-14 Scotland U21
Ireland U21 8-26 France U21
South Africa U21 20-16 Argentina U21


England U21 team: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Topsy Ojo (London Irish), Matt Cornwell (Leicester, captain), Toby Flood (Newcastle), Paul Diggin (Northampton), Ryan Lamb (Gloucester), Danny Care (Leeds); David Wilson (Newcastle), Rob Webber (Wasps), Rob Webber (Wasps), Tom Ryder (Saracens), Tom Croft (Leicester), James Haskell (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Jordan Crane (Leeds).
Replacements: Chris Brooker (Bath), Mark Lambert (Harlequins), Richard Blaze (Worcester), Ian Grieve (Bristol), Anthony Allen (Gloucester), Ryan Davis (Bath), Uche Odouza (Worcester).



SEE ALSO
Scots U21s pipped by Australians
09 Jun 06 |  Internationals
Wales U21 73-25 Georgia U21
09 Jun 06 |  Welsh


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