Crossdale and Malins on the scoresheet as England start world title defence in style

Old Albanian's and Saracens' Max Malins scored one of England's seven first-half tries against Samoa

Old Albanian's and Saracens' Max Malins scored one of England's seven first-half tries against Samoa in the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017. Picture: LASHA KUPRASHVILI/ WORLD RUGBY - Credit: Archant

Ali Crossdale and Max Malins both crossed for tries as England make the perfect start to their U20 Rugby World Championship defence.

England's Dominic Morris breaks clear to score in their 74-13 win over Samoa in the U20 World Rugby

England's Dominic Morris breaks clear to score in their 74-13 win over Samoa in the U20 World Rugby Championship. Picture: LASHA KUPRASHVILI/ WORLD RUGBY - Credit: Archant

The Old Albanian pair scored three of the 12 tries as England romped to a 74-17 victory over Samoa in Tiblisi, Georgia.

Zach Mercer, Dominic Morris and Gabriel Ibitoye also grabbed two tires while Alex Mitchell, Marcus Street and Ciaran Knight bagged one each.

Crossdale got England off to a blistering start on his U20 debut with the opening score out wide.

And Malins, who also kicked four conversions, added England’s third as they raced into a 43-3 half-time lead.


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Crossdale collected a kick through shortly after the restart to dot down for his second try.

England face Wales on Sunday in Pool A before ending the group stages against Australia on Thursday.

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