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Stephenson skippers England Under-18s to victory

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Centre Stephenson, 17, has been a regular for both the Saints Academy and Wanderers this term and was delighted with the experience as a whole.

"It was a great moment for me," he commented. "I loved every minute of the whole weekend and to get the win as well just topped it off. I have captained a junior England side before, though it was not in a proper international so it was certainly a different experience for me. There's a lot of added responsibility with the role but that's something I enjoyed and hope to do again in the future. It was a massive honour.

"It's obviously the highest level I can play at my age and the standard of opposition is pretty high. It's a similar story within the camp and training though. We set the bar high and it's something that along with my development at the Saints has been hugely positive. There's constant contact between England and Alan Dickens and Mark Hopley at the Saints which makes both environments the best possible places for me to be learning."

The Saints Academy trio of Reece Marshall, Danny Hobbs and Sam Olver were also involved in the three-try win in Hawick, the latter providing the remainder of England's points with the boot.

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