dan sparkles in england victory

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SCARBOROUGH’S Dan Ljazouli helped England Students teach their rivals a rugby lesson in the Home Nations Championship.

Prop Ljazouli, 21, played in England’s three victories in the annual tournament, which was staged in Scotland.

England started off with a 32-12 win against Wales, then crushed Ireland 52-6 and capped off the event with a 52-12 success against Scotland to secure the championship win and the Grand Slam.

Ljazouli, who is in his final year studying civil engineering at Loughborough University, earned his place in the England squad after starring for the Midlands on their way to winning the regional championship at Widnes.

The former Scalby School and Scarborough Sixth Form College student said: “To play for England in a Home Nations-winning team was a great experience for me.

“It has been an exciting few months for me, as I also played for the Midlands team in their regional championship success - this competition acted as a trial for the England team.

“In the regionals we beat the defending champions, the Welsh regional side 14-0, then defeated the strongly-fancied North-West team, who were beaten by Wales in 2010, in the semi-finals.

“The final was played at the new Widnes Vikings ground, the Stobart Stadium, so it was an excellent atmosphere for that game, which was against the South, which we won 24-22.”

Ljazouli is also eager to play for the Scarborough Pirates when he finishes for the summer, as many of his friends play for the Eastfield-based club.

“I played a lot of my junior rugby league with the lads who play for the Pirates now, so it will be great to play alongside them when I come back from Loughborough in a month or so.”