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Family – and Shipston RFC – tell of their pride after Northampton Saints’ Fin Smith makes his England debut

THERE was a special moment on Saturday when Warwickshire’s Fin Smith made his England rugby debut in Rome with his proud family watching from the stands.

Fly-half Fin, who started playing rugby with Shipston RFC when he was just four years old, came on as a replacement for George Ford in the 66th minute as England won 27-24 against Italy in the Six Nations.

His father, Andrew Smith, a partner at Shakespeare Martineau lawyers in Stratford, said it was an exciting and nervous moment watching his 21-year-old son take to the field – especially as the clock was ticking down and they weren’t sure if Fin’s international debut was going to materialise.

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