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West delighted to win on England duty

Tom West was delighted to play his part in helping England complete a hat-trick of victories against Italy in the Six Nations at the weekend.

The former Diss Rugby Club player made his third cap for the England Under-20s at the Stadio Romolo Pacifici in Italy on Friday night.

West was among the starters in an England team which ran out 42-7 winners.

“It was a really good game for us in tough conditions,” said West, whose older brother Giles plays for the Diss first team.

“The pitch wasn’t ideal because of the heavy rain. It was a game for the fronts.

“We were solid all round and scored from every output. The morale in the team was raised immediately.”

England Under-20s began the defence of their Six Nations title with a 24-6 defeat at Scotland earlier this month, but bounced back in style as they scored seven tries to beat Italy.

And, after seeing the women’s and men’s teams follow suit on Saturday and Sunday, West admits the future is bright for rugby in England.

“It’s looking good for all the teams,” the London Wasps and Henley prop said. “It’s a great environment to play in and the coaches are all great.

“The key thing is to keep your head on straight.”

England Under-20s host Wales at Kingston Park for their next Six Nations fixture a week today.

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