England wing Chris Ashton has celebrated his try with one hand. The England management had warned the 23-year-old of the risks of dropping the ball in a flying one-handed finish.

But Ashton did it for two of his four tries in England’s 59-13 Six Nations victory over Italy on Saturday.

And the Northampton player said: “I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to celebrate in the way you want to.”

Chris Ashton added: “It is right to celebrate tries. Scoring tries is what I want to do playing rugby.

“It’s just something that happened and that’s the end of it. I wouldn’t do it on an artificial grass pitch, but on mud and grass I think its safe enough.”

“Everybody dives, everybody scores tries the way they want to score tries. I just happened to do that and it has run away with itself a bit. ”