Former Diss junior Will Owen helps England win U20s Six Nations title
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Former Diss Rugby Club junior Will Owen helped England win the Under-20s Six Nations title in Brighton.
The 19-year-old Leicester Tigers academy flanker started at openside at Brighton's Amex Stadium and played his part in a two-try 24-11 win against France in front of over 12,600 fans.
Joe Marchant and George Perkins scored the decisive tries while Rory Jennings added 14 crucial points with the boot.
Head coach Jon Callard said: 'I'm extremely proud of all of the players and the management. It was a challenging game – France were extremely well drilled – but the players fronted up in the second half and ultimately deserved that win.
'We didn't get going in the first 40 but we kept in the game and kicked on well. It's great to win and to lift the trophy and it's just reward for their efforts.
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'We're half way through our season with the junior world cup coming up in June, and we're looking forward to heading out to Italy to defend the trophy.
'We have a talented group of players and a huge amount of credit must go to the clubs and the academies who put a lot of work into their guys.'
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Owen played the full 80 minutes, winning his seventh cap at under-20 level. The Ipswich-born forward spent 11 years at Diss before joining Leicester. He attended Framlingham College in Suffolk but represented Norfolk at U14 and U15 level and Eastern Counties at U15 and U16.
England U20s captain, Charlie Ewels, added: 'It's an unbelievable feeling to lift the trophy. Last year we missed out on it and that hurt, so to come here and put in a second half performance like that was really pleasing.
'We knew that it would be a challenge and huge respect to France who were very good from minute one to 80. We had to address a few things at the break but thankfully we did and came through to get the win.'