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Under-17s beat Saracens; plenty of other weekend wins too

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Although the Saints included all five of their England Under-17 contingent, a large portion of the squad was actually still qualified for Under-16 rugby, with five starters and the majority of the bench falling into the younger age bracket.

Harry Mallinder skippered the team from fly half and contributed 16 points with a try, four conversions and a penalty. The other tries came from James Fish, Archie Learning, Tristan Rawcliffe and Austin Beckett.

It was a useful warm-up for the Saints Academy for this coming Saturday's Premiership Rugby Academies League home match against Newcastle, which will be played on the main pitch at Franklin's Gardens following the Saints' Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with London Irish.

Elsewhere all seven of the Saints on England duty enjoyed Six Nations successes against France. Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood all started at Twickenham in a 23-13 win that kept England's Grand Slam hopes very much alive.

Earlier in the day Tom Stephenson came off the bench to make his England Under-20 debut in a comfortable 40-10 victory over their French counterparts in Worcester. Scrum-half Alex Day started the game, while the double Dannys in the front row - Hobbs-Awoyemi and Herriott - also came off the bench.

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However Vasily Artemyev did not enjoy similar success on the international stage as Russia went down 9-23 at home to Georgia in their latest Rugby World Cup qualifier. Russia now have one win and two losses from their three matches played so far in the race for England 2015.

And there was heartache for Jamie Warr and Cambridge in National League One, who saw Macclesfield score a last-gasp penalty to snatch a 27-24 win at Volac Park.