Henry Slade and Christian Wade scored tries as the England Saxons beat the Irish Wolfhounds 18-9 in Cork on Friday night. Slade, Henry Thomas and Sam Burgess have since been called up the senior England squad ahead of the Six Nations.
Flyhalf Slade scored 13 points in what was a stop-start affair that featured a lowkey international debut for former League star Burgess. Slade kicked 8 points and scored the first try, while Leinster number ten Ian Madigan kicked three penalties for the hosts.
It was tight late in the game, with the Saxons leading just 11-9 before winger Wade crossed in the last minute to seal victory.
Following the match Slade, prop Thomas and centre Burgess have been promoted to train with the senior England squad this week. Slade will provide cover for inured Bath centre Kyle Eastmond, while Thomas will cover club teammate David Wilson.
Sam Burgess will join the squad to help with his transition into top flight rugby union.
“Sam will just come into camp for two days to further his rugby experience before returning to Bath on Monday evening to get more game time with the club over the next few weeks,” said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
“He is still learning the game and this is an opportunity to help his development.”
Below is a quick look at the two tries that were scored on the night. On page two you can view a post match chat with top points scorer Slade.
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