Worcester Warriors wing Josh Adams, who has one try from one appearance in this season’s European Rugby Challenge Cup, translated his impressive finishing skills for the quarter-finalists to the international stage on Saturday.
The 23-year-old notched his first Six Nations try for Wales in only his second appearance in the competition to help keep their Grand Slam hopes alive with a 26-15 victory over Italy in Rome.
Adams also figured highly in the Welsh statistics by making 68 metres, beating five defenders and executing 12 carries with his bursts off the left wing.
He will be hoping to clinch a place in the Warriors’ team for their quarter-final against English rivals Harlequins at Sixways Stadium on March 30 live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
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Likewise, Northampton Saints fly-half Dan Biggar will be hoping his performances for Wales will seal a spot in the English club’s quarter-final against ASM Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel-Michelin on March 31 live on BT Sport, FR4 and beIN SPORTS.
The 29-year-old, whose 20 points in four appearances helped Northampton finish second in Pool 1 behind Clermont, landed four penalties and a conversion before being replaced in the 55th minute to follow his decisive display in Wales’ 24-19 win in France the previous week.
Clubmate Courtney Lawes, who has appeared twice in the Challenge Cup this season, was equally impressive on his return to the England starting line-up as they demolished France 44-8 at Twickenham on Sunday to join Wales on two wins from two games.
The giant lock, a double Challenge Cup winner, featured near the top of the England statistics for carries (10), tackles (15) – including one thunderous hit on Mathieu Bastareaud – and defenders beaten (3).
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Even higher in the England tackles table was Sale Sharks flanker Tom Curry with 19, while club colleague Chris Ashton marked his first Six Nations start since 2013 by creating Jonny May’s third try with an astute grubber kick and was adjudged to have been tackled without the ball for England’s penalty try.
Ashton, the Challenge Cup’s joint top try-scorer this season with seven from only five games, and Curry are working towards a Challenge Cup quarter-final with Connacht Rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium on March 29 live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
There they could face Connacht’s Ireland centre, Bundee Aki, and lock, Quinn Roux, who both played key roles in their country’s 22-13 win against Scotland at BT Murrayfield on Saturday.
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