28 February 2023
International honours were picked up by seven Exiles over the past weekend, starting off with Monty Bradbury, Afolabi Fasogbon and Calum Scott lining up for England under-20s.
Alan Dickens’ team visited Stadium CSM in Colwyn Bay for an Under-20 Six Nations third round encounter with Wales under-20, a match-up that the away side emerged 37-21 victors.
Fly-half Bradbury played out the full 80 minutes on the north coast of Wales, assisting Ben Waghorn’s try for a third try assist in as many weeks for the young playmaker.
He also managed 58 metres from seven carries, an average of just over eight metres per carry, with the most kicking metres of any player (264), six tackles, 24 passes, one offload and broke two tackles.
Fasogbon (prop) put in a solid shift as a replacement, making five tackles, including one dominant, with Scott (hooker) recording one turnover win and seven metres per carry in two ball involvements.
Danilo Fischetti was a standout for Italy in a well-contested Round 3 Guinness Six Nations Championship game against Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The 24-year-old prop made the third-highest number of tackles (13) for the Azzurri and went well in the loose also, with 28 metres made from six carries and four passes executed.
Clubmate Luca Morisi put in two tackles in the closing minutes of the encounter as the hosts battled valiantly against the number one side in the world, a late Mack Hansen score pulling Andy Farrell’s men to a 34-20 victory.
Henry Arundell was introduced as a substitute for Steve Borthwick’s England side as the seniors replicated the fortunes of the age-grade the following day at the Principality Stadium.
In his fifth cap for England, the Academy graduate carried once and made 12 metres with ball in a 20-10 win for the English in the Welsh capital.
On Sunday afternoon, Ben White made it three consecutive starts for Scotland as he and Gregor Townsend’s men travelled to Paris to face France in the Six Nations.
Gael Fickou’s late converted try sealed the closely-fought third round tie, ensuring France took a try bonus point and denied Scotland a losing bonus point as it finished 32-21 at the Stade de France.
White played out 57 minutes and anchored the Thistle’s fast play with 60 passes, 192 kick metres and 20 running metres, also chipping in with six tackles.
Congratulations to all of our international Exiles!