England Students beaten 30-27 by France

  • England Students visited Blois to play France Students away
  • 21 second-half points scored by visitors
England Students lost a tense match away to France 30-27 with the hosts sealing the win in the last few minutes of the game.

England started strongly with two penalties from scrum half Tom James in the opening 15 minutes putting them ahead however France fought back with a try 10 minutes before half-time from second row Thomas Jolmes which made it 10-6 to the hosts at the break.

The French had all the momentum after another try early in the second half however inside-centre Luke Peters finished a well-worked move from England to keep them in the game. Captain Buchan Richardson then powered over the line to make the score 20-20 with less than 20 minutes left.

A yellow card for England replacement Dan Watt in the last 10 minutes gave France the upper hand and they scored a converted try and penalty to make it 30-20.  A late score from Simon Uzowke gave England once last chance with the final play of the game however France were awarded a penalty which ended the game 30-27.


While France challenged England throughout the game, England’s second-half comeback was impressive. The visitors scored all three of their tries after the break.

Head Coach Aaron James said the half-time message was simply to: “back themselves and back the plan and training that the team had completed during the week in camp.”


Costly penalties from England proved the difference, allowing France to push ahead.

James spoke after the game about the need to reduce errors.

“We need to cut down the mistakes we’re making when they are placed under pressure and that is something to be worked on during camp next week, leading up to the Ireland game,” he added.

The England Students team will next play on Saturday 9 April, away to Ireland in Dublin.

England Students 27 – 30 France Students
Tries: Peters, Richardson, Uzowke
Conversions: James (3), Penalties: James (2)