Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford skippered England to a 33-19 win over Wales at Twickenham on Sunday in a Rugby World Cup warm-up Test.
The 26-year-old, who is set to make his first European Rugby Challenge Cup appearance for the Tigers in Pool 5 next season, kicked 15 points through three conversions and three penalties as England ended Wales’ 14-match winning run.
Ford, who has amassed 350 points in 37 European appearances for Leicester and Bath Rugby, was joined in England’s successful line-up by props Ellis Genge and Dan Cole, plus replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs and centre Manu Tuilagi.
The inclusion of Ben Youngs off the bench for @EnglandRugby at Twickenham this afternoon saw the Tigers scrum-half equal team-mate Dan Cole as the club's most-capped English internationals on 86 appearances. pic.twitter.com/AgyIOu9Ddt
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) August 11, 2019
Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies – with a dazzling solo effort from a scrum inside the England half – and replacement prop Wyn Jones, with his first try for Wales, helped the visitors match England in the try count, but Ford’s goalkicking proved crucial.
On Saturday, Stade Français Paris fly-half Nicolas Sanchez kicked eight points through two penalties and a conversion as Argentina lost 46-13 to South Africa in the Rugby Championship in Salta.
Sanchez, who has scored 57 points in 17 European appearances for three French clubs, also created Argentina’s try with a crossfield kick for new Bordeaux-Bègles wing Santiago Cordero to score.