Plymouth's Henry Slade and Exeter club-mate Jack Nowell help England to victory
RUGBY: Plymouth's Henry Slade and his former Albion team-mate Jack Nowell scored over half of the points in England Under-20s' 52-7 victory over Italy in front of 8,000 fans at Franklin's Gardens.
Former Plymouth College student Slade and debutant Nowell, now back at Exeter Chiefs, amassed 27 points between them as the defending Six Nations champions romped past Italy at Premiership Northampton Saints' stadium.
England's win sets them up for a winner-takes-all clash with Wales at Colwyn Bay on Friday.
Fly-half Slade provided 17 points all with the boot, while left-wing Nowell ran in two of England's seven tries.
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Luke Cowan-Dickie, like Slade a regular at Albion and dual registered with Chiefs this term, played all-but 10 minutes of the game before being replaced by London Wasps Alex Lundberg.
Slade, who turns 20 on March 19, has racked up 52 points for England in this season's Six Nations competition.
It was the young Plymothian who set England on their way to a 45-point victory with a penalty eight minutes into the contest with Italy.
England stretched their lead with a bulldozing try from centre Sam Hill, with Slade adding the extras with the boot to give the hosts a 10-0 cushion.
Fleet-footed Nowell then dived over the line to score the first of his tries on his England U20s bow.
With England leading 17-0 at the turnaround, Slade added to his haul in the second-half, successfully converting a try from scrum-half Callum Braley making his first England start.
Italy were reduced to 14 players on 55 minutes and England took full advantage with Slade converting a penalty try to give the hosts a 31-0 lead.
The visitors, despite being a man down, scored their only points through replacement Gianmarco Vial, but England hit back immediately with another penalty try.
Northampton centre Tom Stephenson grabbed England's sixth try, with the unerring Slade improving the score, before Nowell rounded off the scoring with a try.