UP and coming Bradford Bulls prop forward Oliver Wilson was part of the winning England Academy side which triumphed over Australia Schoolboys yesterday afternoon.

Wilson, 19, started in the front row against the formidable Aussie pack, and helped his side to a 14-8 victory at Leigh Sports Village.

The game was played in driving rain and howling wind, making it very much a forward dominated battle, and 6ft 3ins Wilson helped England gain the upper hand with powerful drives and strong defensive work.

Leeds Rhinos centre Harry Newman opened the scoring for England in the first half, and England doubled their lead shortly before the end of the first half through Wigan scrum half Harry Smith.

Man of the match Smith was perfect with the boot, adding two conversions and a penalty at the start of the second half to make it 14-0.

The Green & Golds didn't go down without a fight, hitting back with two second half tries through Stephen Crichton and Timanu Alexander.

England were captained by former Wyke ARLFC junior Cameron Scott, who was also part of Bradford Bulls Academy before he joined Hull FC.

England will take on the Aussie Schoolboys again on Friday, December 14, at Headingley Stadium in Leeds, looking to take a series whitewash as the Australians' tour comes to an end.