Prince Henry’s Grammar School pupils past and present helped England to two crucial victories last weekend.
Former Otley scholar Danny Care was his usual sparky self as England maintained their challenge for the RBS Six Nations title, and the Triple Crown, with an intense 13-10 win over Ireland at Twickenham.
The former Leeds scrum half’s try in the 57th minute, which was converted by Owen Farrell, was enough to give the hosts the edge in a physical encounter.
The try was fashioned by a Harlequins trio, with skipper Chris Robshaw breaking away in midfield before finding full back Mike Brown, who had Care in support on his right shoulder.
Ireland, England, Wales and France are now level on four points from three matches, with it looking increasingly likely that the title will be decided on points difference.
England’s next match is at home to Wales on Sunday, March 9 (3.00), while the day before Ireland host Italy (2.30) and Scotland entertain France (5.00).
Meanwhile, England’s under-20s followed in the senior side’s footsteps by defeating Ireland – but by a much more emphatic 33-9 margin at Northampton.
Both current Prince Henry’s pupil Jack Walker and former student Paul Hill, who has played for Otley’s first team this season, came off the bench in the second half for England.
Walker replaced hooker Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers) in the 53rd minute, while Hill’s appearance was a brief one as he only came on for lock Maro Itoje (Saracens) in the 78th minute.
England under-20s’ head coach Nick Walshe said: “Ireland are a good side and had a real go at us, but we held firm and managed to put a decent score on the board.
“The positive thing is that we still feel that there is more to come from the guys. We’ll take a look back at this game now and identify what we need to work before we play Wales in Newcastle on March 7.”