England U16 26 - 34 France U16 Widnes
France U16s defeated England U16s 34-26 in the first Test at the Stobart Stadium in Widnes on Friday 29/3/13. In a closely contested game from start to finish, it was the French who left victorious thanks to a spell of domination in the second half which saw them score three tries in 15 minutes to overturn a 14-12 half time deficit.
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Despite a defeat in the second test, the French proved they are more than competitive at this level and have the raw talent available. They lack the sophisticated coaching and development schemes available in England and Australia but hopefully Les Catalans (and possibly another SL franchise) will put this right