England hammer Canada 70-16 in rugby Test

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A great day got even better for five-eighth Marcus Smith after he was called up by the British and Irish Lions following England's 70-16 thrashing of Canada at Twickenham.

Smith kicked nine conversions from as many attempts in the rugby Test rout before being told that he had been summoned to join the Lions in South Africa as cover for Finn Russell, who is nursing an Achilles injury.

Smith was given a post-match pitchside ovation by his team-mates, singing "Lions, Lions".

It was an incredible moment for the 22-year-old, who made his England debut last week having helped Harlequins to the Premiership title the week before.

"I can't believe it - I got told about 10 minutes ago. (England coach) Eddie (Jones) told me, it's a special thing," Smith said.

"I'm still shaking. It's amazing."

Debutant winger Adam Radwan and hooker Jamie Blamire both scored hat-tricks for a shadow England team that racked up 10 tries.

Joe Cokanasiga, who scored two last week, added another double while one for the impressive Ellis Genge and a penalty try completed the thrashing of a hopelessly outgunned Canadian side who had lost 68-12 to Wales last week in their first game since the 2019 World Cup.

"It was a good step up today," said Jones, whose side racked up their highest score since a 70-0 win, also against Canada, in 2004.

"The big thing for the whole group is desire, how much do they want to get better?"

England - without around 20 players on Lions duty or rested - were on top throughout and gave first caps to four players, following the 12 debutants in last week's win over the United States.

Smith is now also South Africa-bound after the Lions preferred him over experienced Ireland five-eighth Jonny Sexton.

Smith made his international debut for England against the United States last weekend and will be the fourth five-eighth with the Lions, along with Russell - whose injury is not thought to be tour-ending - England's Owen Farrell and Welshman Dan Biggar.

Born in the Philippines, Smith has played for Harlequins since 2017 and is also an England junior international.

The Lions tour has been disrupted by COVID-19 cases among their opponents with the team to play the Sharks later on Saturday in a repeat of their midweek 54-7 win.

After that they will move down to Cape Town, where it is now likely all three Tests will be played.

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