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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jun 2013 at 23:21
Fylde Rugby and Cambridge Rugby both reporting 78-0 on twitter. National side will be a different matter pushed Russia and Portugal close.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2013 at 10:43
78-0 confirmed by RFU on Twitter. No report available yet that I can find.

11 tries, one by skipper Chris Johnson together with 23 points from his boot. But he's not rated in all the guff on the N1 'team of year' thread. Fine, we still judge him as one of the best 10s in the division, and certainly one of the top kickers, maybe the best.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2013 at 10:48
Originally posted by Allan Foster Allan Foster wrote:

78-0 confirmed by RFU on Twitter. No report available yet that I can find.

11 tries, one by skipper Chris Johnson together with 23 points from his boot. But he's not rated in all the guff on the N1 'team of year' thread. Fine, we still judge him as one of the best 10s in the division, and certainly one of the top kickers, maybe the best.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2013 at 11:58
I will be in Tubize on Sunday to cover the game against the full Belgium side. You can follow me on twitter for live updates: @MSSher1. I will also be providing a report for the RFU, which will hopefully be on their site on Monday. Preview pieces from interviews with Matt Hall and Darren Jacques should be online today/tomorrow.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jun 2013 at 00:09
     
               
                        
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England Counties make strong start in Belgium
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North Midlands wing Drew Cheshire scored twice
CHRIS JOHNSON kicked 23 points and scored one of England’s 11 tries as he led the Counties to victory over Belgium A at Kituro Rugby Club, Brussels on Wednesday (12 June) evening.

In a dominant performance England took a 36-0 half time lead with scores for debutants Drew Cheshire, Nevaro Codlin and Chris Hallam.

North Midlands wing Cheshire claimed a second try after the break with full-back Sean Taylor the only other player to touch down twice.  Chris Harris and experienced forwards Chris Wearmouth and Matt Hall also got on the score sheet as momentum stayed with the visitors.

Head Coach Jan Bonney said: “We are very happy with our first win, the players kept focused for 80 minutes and all made positive contributions.   Belgium put us under real pressure for periods of the game and we were pleased not to concede, the team has come together well and it’s great to see that unity on the pitch.  The game was good preparation for Sunday which we know will be a tough, physical Test. “

Discipline proved costly for Belgium as Lancashire fly-half Chris Johnson opened up the score sheet with a penalty which was followed soon after by a converted penalty try.

Good hands by the back line released Cheshire to burst 20 metres down the wing for England’s second.  Despite missing the conversion Johnson was soon back in the mix, making a break from just outside the 22 and hitting the space to cross the line.

Codlin increased the score to 27-0 with a strong finish after taking on three defenders.   Yorkshire scrum half Hallam made a clean break from the back of a ruck to give England a final try before the break.

With the Counties now in full flow, good interlinking play between the forwards and backs enabled them to build the phases before a pacey finish from Lancashire’s Taylor gave him his first try.  Replacement Harris showed his strength to force through three tackles and over the line as he extended England’s lead to 48-0 after receiving the ball from the back of the scrum.

Another long range individual effort from Cheshire earned him his second before Durham lock Wearmouth smashed over the line from close range.  Good support play from Taylor turned an exciting passage of play into points before tour captain and England Counties stalwart Hall scored the final try.  Johnson completed a successful evening from the tee by kicking his tenth conversion.

England play Belgium in the main Test in Tubize on Sunday (June 16) (KO 2pm Belgium time / 3pm BST).

Scorers: Johnson 1P 10C 1T, Cheshire 2T, Codlin 1T, Hallam 1T, Taylor 2T, Harris 1T, Wearmouth 1T, Hall 1T (+1 PT)

England Counties v Belgium A
15. Sean Taylor (Preston & Lancashire)
14. Nevaro Codlin (Cinderford & Gloucestershire)
13. Rhys Owen (Loughborough Students & North Midlands)
12. Nielson Webber (Launceston & Cornwall)
11. Drew Cheshire (Luctonians & North Midlands)
10. Chris Johnson (Fylde & Lancashire) [C]
9. Chris Hallam (Doncaster & Yorkshire)

1. Darren Jacques (Redruth & Cornwall)
2. Brett McNamee (Old Albanian & Hertfordshire)
3. Mike Hill (Birmingham Bees & North Midlands)
4. Chris Wearmouth (Blaydon & Durham)
5. Royce Cadman (Doncaster & Yorkshire)
6. Tom Stradwick (Blackheath & Kent)
7. Harry Broadbent (Caldy & Cheshire)
8. Steve Hipwell (Cambridge & Eastern Counties)

Replacements:
16. Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland)
18. Mark George (Stourbridge & Gloucestershire)
19. Ben Hilton (Launceston & Cornwall)
20. James Lindfield (Unattached & Kent)
21. Matt Heeks (Rosslyn Park & Eastern Counties)
22. Heath Stevens (Plymouth & East Midlands)
23. Chris Harris (Tynedale & Northumberland)

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Changes are made across the field for the England Counties

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England Counties make changes for Belgium Test

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CHRIS WEARMOUTH and Tom Stradwick are the only players to retain their starting positions from Wednesday’s victory over Belgium A as England Counties field a new look side to play Belgium in Tubize tomorrow (June 16) kick off 2pm local time/ 1pm BST.

The visitors recorded a convincing 78-0 win in the warm-up fixture but expect a tough test against a Belgium team who are currently

24 th in the IRB World Rankings.

Head Coach Jan Bonney said: “There were some very difficult decisions to make when selecting this squad and a number of players are very unfortunate not to make the starting line-up. There is however a really good atmosphere in the camp and the excitement is building for this match.”

Ollie Thomas (North Midlands) takes over the kicking duties at fly-half and Jim Wigglesworth (Yorkshire) who recently toured with the England Counties U20s in Georgia, starts on the wing.

Adam Kettle and James Lindfield come into the back row to earn their first caps – a long awaited start for open-side flanker Lindfield who travelled with the Counties to East Africa last year but departed early due to injury.

Northumberland hooker Matt Hall returns to captain the side and steps up from Wednesday’s bench, along with Robbie Kalbraier and Mark George, to reunite the front row from February's victory over France Federale.

In a backline reshuffle two-time try scorer against Belgium A, Sean Taylor moves from full-back to wing and Chris Johnson partners Rhys Owen in the centres, replacing Nielson Webber who put forward a strong case for selection but misses out with injury.

England Counties v Belgium:

15. Chris Harris (Tynedale & Northumberland) 14. Sean Taylor (Preston & Lancashire) 13. Chris Johnson (Fylde & Lancashire) 12. Rhys Owen (Loughborough & North Midlands) 11. Jim Wigglesworth (Cambridge & Yorkshire) 10. Ollie Thomas (Moseley & North Midlands) 9. Matt Heeks (Rosslyn Park & Eastern Counties)

1. Robbie Kalbraier (Blaydon & Northumberland) 2. Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland) (CAPTAIN) 3. Mark George (Stourbridge & Gloucestershire) 4. Chris Wearmouth (Blaydon & Durham) 5. Ben Hilton (Launceston & Cornwall) 6. Tom Stradwick (Blackheath & Kent) 7. James Lindfield (Blackheath & Kent) 8. Adam Kettle (Doncaster & Cheshire)

Replacements: 16. Darren Jacques (Redruth & Cornwall) 17. Mike Hill (Birmingham Bees and North Midlands) 18. Brett McNamee (Old Albanian & Hertfordshire) 19. Royce Cadman (Hull Ionians & Yorkshire) 20. Harry Broadbent (Caldy & Cheshire) 21. Chris Hallam (Doncaster & Yorkshire) 22. Heath Stevens (Plymouth & East Midlands) 23. Nevaro Codlin (Cinderford & Gloucestershire)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jun 2013 at 20:35
Johnson at 13?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jun 2013 at 23:12
Originally posted by Monkey Boy Monkey Boy wrote:

Johnson at 13?

It'll be 12 for sure. Thomas must be some kicker if Jonno has been stood down. 23 points from his boot in first game, 80%+ record in 2012/3 season.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2013 at 11:12
Maybe, Johnson will still be the kicker irrespective of what position he is in the backs?!......To be fair to Ollie Thomas, he is usually a very good runner and game manager.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2013 at 14:51
Final score

Belgium 5 - 57 England Counties
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2013 at 15:58
Well done to the Counties squad - it seems Belgium have a long way to go from 28th in IRB rankings Beer  Handshake
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2013 at 21:54
I refer you Gentlemen to my earlier post.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2013 at 22:31
Its allmost a no win with Belgium performing wsll,albeit losing, against Portugal , Russia and Georgia. One above Georgia is U.S.A. then Japan. Either training and education tours or rugby. Last years "education tours" went down well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2013 at 08:26
The post-match scenes summed up what it meant to the Belgian rugby fraternity to have an England side out there. The pitch was rammed with spectators wanting autographs, jerseys and pictures with England players and coaches, who were superb ambassadors. The game was competitive in the second half and whilst Belgium still have some way to go, to knock tours such as this on the head would be a huge mistake - not only for the experience it gives the Counties lads, but to the benefit it brings to emerging nations.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2013 at 08:29
Originally posted by walkingonwater walkingonwater wrote:

The post-match scenes summed up what it meant to the Belgian rugby fraternity to have an England side out there. The pitch was rammed with spectators wanting autographs, jerseys and pictures with England players and coaches, who were superb ambassadors. The game was competitive in the second half and whilst Belgium still have some way to go, to knock tours such as this on the head who be a huge mistake - not only for the experience it gives the Counties lads, but to the benefit it brings to emerging nations.


Thanks for the excellent match scores & updates WoW! Really appreciated it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2013 at 08:53
Originally posted by Allan Foster Allan Foster wrote:

Originally posted by walkingonwater walkingonwater wrote:

The post-match scenes summed up what it meant to the Belgian rugby fraternity to have an England side out there. The pitch was rammed with spectators wanting autographs, jerseys and pictures with England players and coaches, who were superb ambassadors. The game was competitive in the second half and whilst Belgium still have some way to go, to knock tours such as this on the head who be a huge mistake - not only for the experience it gives the Counties lads, but to the benefit it brings to emerging nations.


Thanks for the excellent match scores & updates WoW! Really appreciated it.
 
Completely agree with WoW ... I know of one Counties player that has found the whole experience invaluable.
 
WoW - I'd like to reinforce what Allan has said. I couldn't be in Belgium because of a family commitment so your updates were much appreciated.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2013 at 16:35
I think the following is the match on You Tube www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbsyAnI5Uww


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2013 at 17:58
photos of the game via the link

scroll down to les photos du match x 3

http://www.sportkipik.be/articles.php?id_article=8449

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2013 at 14:01

Just tried the link and it said 'too busy' (???)

 
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Belgium 5
England Counties 57

Sean Taylor took his tour total to four tries on Sunday (June 16) touching down twice as England Counties recorded an impressive win over Belgium in Tubize.

The Preston Grasshopper scored twice from full-back on Wednesday as England beat Belgium A 78-0  and continued to demonstrate effective support play and fine finishing in the main Test.

Six tries before the break from the visitors put the game out of reach Belgium despite their powerful pack finding form in the second period.

Counties Team Manager Michael Old said: “We’re really pleased with how the week has gone, the boys deserve enormous credit for not only buying into collective goals, but also for putting in two very good performances at the end of a long domestic season. 

“We knew that Belgium were going to want to take us on up front but we managed to match their physicality and create space for the guys out wide who played some excellent rugby.  The Belgians have been wonderful hosts and its been another very successful trip both on and off the field."

Ollie Thomas was the first to put points on the board with an early penalty before the Moseley and North Midlands fly-half orchestrated the first two tries.

His darting run set up Chris Harris for the opener before a switch with Fylde and Lancashire play-maker Chris Johnson created the overlap for Taylor to score in the corner.

With replacement Belgium hooker Julien Massimi sent to the sin bin, the visitors relentlessly ploughed forward earning a penalty try just before the hour to extend the lead to 22-0.

Jim Wigglesworth’s 40 metre run gained territory and put Taylor in for his second.  The Cambridge and Yorkshire youngster then showed his international quality as he set-up Johnson for try number five before nudging the ball into space for Tom Stradwick to gather.  The Blackheath flanker outstripped the cover to send the Counties into the break with a 43-0 lead.

Belgium, backed by a strong crowd in sun-lit Tubize, went immediately in search of a response post interval and were rewarded through flanker Neil Andrew who crashed over from close range.

The points spurred the Black Devils into action and bolstered by the introduction of seasoned internationals Maxime Jadot and Cyril Nana, they tested the English up front and enjoyed decent possession.

As the contest between the packs continued space opened up for both sides, but it was the Counties who had the final say.  Wigglesworth capped off an outstanding performance with five points of his own and Cheshire back-row Harry Broadbent emerged from the back of a maul to touch down as the whistle blew.

Reflecting on the tour, double try scorer Taylor said:  “It’s been amazing to come out here and represent England.  The rugby we have played highlights the serious amount of quality in the National Leagues and it’s been a beneficial learning curve for the younger guys.

 “Belgium are a good team with recent exposure at a high level so we knew we’d be made to work hard. To score tries as a wing is always nice, but some of the boys have been incredible since we got together, I wouldn’t be surprised if they go on to even bigger things.

“From a personal point of view, the experience has really developed my game but the activities off the field have been just as special – no one’s ever asked for my autograph after a game, that’s something I will always remember!”

England Counties XV:

15. Chris Harris (Tynedale & Northumberland)
14. Sean Taylor (Preston Grasshoppers & Lancashire)
13. Chris Johnson (Fylde & Lancashire)
12. Rhys Owen (Loughborough Students & North Midlands)
11. Jim Wigglesworth (Cambridge & Yorkshire)
10. Ollie Thomas (Moseley & North Midlands)
9. Matt Heeks (Rosslyn Park & Eastern Counties)

1. Robbie Kalbraier (Blaydon & Northumberland)
2. Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland) ©
3. Mark George (Stourbridge & Gloucestershire)
4. Chris Wearmouth (Blaydon & Durham)
5. Ben Hilton (Launceston & Cornwall)
6. Tom Stradwick (Blackheath & Kent)
7. James Lindfield (Blackheath & Kent)
8. Adam Kettle (Doncaster Knights & Cheshire)

Replacements:
16. Darren Jacques (Redruth & Cornwall) on for Kalbraier after 60 mins
17. Mike Hill (Birmingham Bees & North Midlands) on for George after 47 mins
18. Brett McNamee (Old Albanian & Hertfordshire) on for Hall after 60 mins
19. Royce Cadman (Hull Ionians & Yorkshire) on for Wearmouth after 41 mins
20. Harry Broadbent (Caldy & Cheshire) on for Kettle after 60 mins
21. Chris Hallam (Doncaster Knights & Yorkshire) on for Harris after 68 mins
22. Heath Stevens (Plymouth Albion & East Midlands) on for Owen after 41 mins
23. Nevaro Codlin (Cinderford & Gloucestershire) on for Taylor after 47 mins

Scorers: Thomas 1P & 7C, Taylor 2T, Harris 1T, Johnson 1T, Wigglesworth 1T, Stradwick 1T, Broadbent 1T, 1 PenT

Belgium XV:
15. Paul Henri Nghange; 14. Elliot Van Trappen; 13. Thibaut Andre; 12. Guillaume Brebant; 11. Frederic Ronge; 10 Sebastien Guns; 9. Simon Marote; 1. Norman Wende; 2. Raphael Olive; 3. Jerome Wey; 4. Matthieu Verschelden; 5. Pierre Hendrickx; 6. Andrew Neil ©; 7. Julien Morelli; 8.Thomas De Molder; 16 Maxime Jadot; 17. Nicolas Fernandez; 18. Julien Massimi; 19. Cyril Nana; 20. Michael De Molder; 21. Denis Eppe; 22. Kevin Williams; 23. Antoine Duchenne.

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