England Students lose narrowly in Portugal


England Students, despite the strong contributions of several DURFC stars, lost narrowly to the full Portugal side in Lisbon on Saturday.

Centre Tom Shiel and ex-Palatinate Tom O’Toole played the whole 80 for England, with Josh Beaumont putting in a 60-minute shift and Mike Ward and earning 30 minutes and 20 minutes game-time respectively.

O’Toole and Ward each scored a try, but DURFC’s efforts were sadly not enough to prevent an agonising 31-28 loss.

Next up for England is a potentially feisty encounter against Wales Students on February 24 at the Stoop.

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