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Saturday, 20 December 2014

West Cumbrians part of England Youth side

An England Youth side including two top west Cumbrian prospects went down 28-22 to France Under-16s in the opening game of a two-Test series in Cahors.

Jordan Burns, of Kells, who is on a scholarship with Warrington Wolves, started in the second-row while Bradley Lawrence, of Ellenborough and Wigan Warriors, featured off the bench.

In a close-fought contest, England staged a late rally to get within six points of the French but it proved to be a bridge too far for the youngsters, who went into the half-time break 18-4 down.

“It’s disappointing to lose a game at any level,” said England coach Tony Drury. “But there are a lot of positives to take from this game.

“I think some of our guys underestimated the occasion and got caught up in the emotions and that’s due to the lack of experience at this level. An international game is a big learning curve and it was a massive step-up for some of the lads but they can take this experience away now and learn from it.

“France were very quick and they had some good flair players but I think individually we’re a stronger team.”

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