IFFLEY Road played host to its largest crowd in a decade as Oxford University lost 54-31 to England Under 20s.

More than 2,000 spectators packed into the historic ground to watch the Dark Blues face the country’s brightest prospects and they were not disappointed.

Oxford certainly played their part in an open, attacking game, with No 8 Euan Friend going over four times.

Prop Barnaby Vaughan also crossed for the Dark Blues, while David Wilkinson added three conversions.

For England, it was a useful warm-up for the Under 20 Six Nations, which starts with a trip to Scotland on February 4.

Turning the attention to this weekend, Chinnor are looking forward to their first home game of 2022.

The Thame-based outfit host Birmingham Moseley at Kingsey Road, as they look to improve on their position of sixth.

Richard Thorpe’s side are just nine points off second-placed Caldy, with two games in hand.

Henley Hawks have another big test ahead of them as they travel to league leaders Clifton.

The hosts have won their last eight matches, although they are only one point above nearest rivals Esher.

Henley are fifth, nine points behind, but with a game in hand.

The top two in South West 1 East are both at home, with Banbury Bulls welcoming Chippenham and Oxford Quins hosting Marlborough.

Witney host Bracknell and Grove travel to Trowbridge.

There is a derby in Southern Counties North as Bicester host Wallingford, while Gosford All Blacks are at Reading Abbey.