Hartpury ace Matt Protheroe scored 11-points to inspire England Under-18s to a 21-5 victory over France.
The fly-half has been in imperious form for Hartpury this season and he transferred that to the international stage with a man-of-the-match performance at Castle Park in Doncaster.
A first-half try from Sam Aspland-Robinson put England on the right track before Max Malins and Protheroe crossed following the break.
Gloucester and Chosen Hill centre Elliott Creed also made his first appearance from his country at Under-18 level.
The electric Protheroe made some yards and eventually kicked over the French defence for Aspland-Robinson to gather and score.
France did have their chances, and it took a last ditch tackle from wing Rotimi Segun to stop them scoring in the corner to keep it 7-0 at the break.
But it was the French who got the first score of the second half, scrum half Arthur Retiere made a quick dash which freed up space for Nathan Decron to dive over to make it 7-5.
England kept on at the French and forced them into mistakes – first Malins jumped onto a loose French pass to run in and score unopposed before Protheroe gathered a sloppy kick before beating the French defence on the outside to touch down.
Head Coach John Fletcher said: “We’re delighted to get the result against a tough French side, particularly in these difficult and wet conditions. It wasn’t a spectacular game of rugby but we did enough to get the win and I’m pleased for the lads. We haven’t had too long training together as a team, and to beat a physical French side will stand them in good stead.”
Captain Callum Chick added: “It was an amazing feeling to lead the lads out and I’m pleased to have got the win. It was a bit scrappy at times but that was probably due to the weather. We’ve got a great team spirit in the camp and we’re looking forward to our next game against Wales in a couple of weeks.”
Tries – S Aspland-Robinson, M Malins, M Protheroe; Cons – M Protheroe
England Under 18 starting XV against France
O James; S Aspland-Robinson, C Dolan, E Creed, R Segun; M Protheroe, A Mitchel; M Wilkey, D Frost, B Keast, M Postlethwaite, A Moon, A White, W Allman, C Chick.
Replacements: C Langdon , J , J Stanley, J Hawkins , J Craggs , R Brand , M Malins , S Allan