Fixtures - Top Bar

England triumph in World Under-20s Final


Northampton Saints’ fly-half Harry Mallinder led England to their third Under-20s World Championship victory in four years with a 45-21 win over Ireland.

England, who won the Championship in 2013 and 2014 before being beaten by New Zealand last year, were in control throughout running in six tries at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Captain and man-of-the-match Mallinder scored 25 points, including two tries, while Harlequins’ centre Joe Marchant also crossed the whitewash twice.

English fans didn’t have long to wait for the first score as a fine solo effort from Marchant saw him skip through the Irish defence to touch down with Mallinder converting to give the hosts an early 7-0 lead.

Newcastle Falcons’ No8 Callum Chick had England’s second try when he controlled the ball at the back of a five-metre scrum which was marching towards the line before touching down.

Fly-half Mallinder added the extras and was instrumental in England’s third try when he broke through the defensive line after collecting an Irish clearance kick.

Johnny Williams took the offload before releasing Worcester Warriors’ Huw Taylor to touch down for his second try of the tournament and put England in firm control at half-time, 21-0.

England had the perfect start to the second half, turning over Irish ball in their own half, they broke down the left wing through Marchant before feeding Mallinder who had a clear run to the line.

England’s captain converted his own score but Ireland refused to give up and Ulster hooker Adam McBurney finally got his side on the scoreboard as the Irish forwards’ drove over from a five-metre line-out.

Saints’ fly-half Mallinder had his second try of the game after playing a one-two in midfield with Harlequins’ lock Stan South but Ireland again fought back to keep themselves in the final.

Jacob Stockdale leapt onto a loose ball in his own half before counter-attacking deep into England territory and releasing Shane Daly to score.

With both tries converted, England led 35-14 with over 20 minutes to play before Stephen Kerins was shown a yellow card for preventing a quick penalty tap by England.

Mallinder added three points from the resulting penalty before setting up Marchant for his second of the game with a well weighted cross-field kick to put England 45-14 to the good.

Leinster’s Max Deegan forced his way over from close range for a late consolation try for Ireland.

For more information about the World Rugby U20 Championship click here #FutureStarsofRugby

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby Weekend Round-up

Steve Diamond heaped praise on his home-grown Sale Sharks squad after they ran in four tries to claim a bonus-point…

Sam James, 22, was starting his 13th Aviva Premiership Rugby game of the season.

Bath Rugby set to bring the entertainment on and off the pitch at Twickenham Stadium for ‘The Clash’

Bath Rugby have announced that The Clash, one of the biggest domestic sporting events of 2017, will see an incredible…

Bath Rugby with the Wurzels

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 34 Wasps 28

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond heaped praise on history-maker Denny Solomona as his hat-trick laid the foundations for…

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 46 Northampton Saints 31

Sonatane Takulua scored a hat-trick as Newcastle Falcons staged a roaring second-half comeback to defeat Northampton Saints in a pulsating Aviva…

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Match Report: Sale Sharks 34 Wasps 28

Denny Solomona delivered one of the best individual displays ever seen at the AJ Bell Stadium as his hat-trick helped…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Reffell delight at Saracens progress

Sean Reffell is confident Saracens Academy U18s have improved beyond recognition despite being beaten 36-26 by Worcester Warriors at the…


Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Rigby and Warriors gave everything

Young prop Nick Rigby admitted he could not have asked for anything more after finishing the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 50 Bristol Rugby 17

Aaron Mauger has backed his Leicester Tigers side to make the top four and qualify for the Aviva Premiership Rugby…

Telusa Veainu scored a brilliant first-half try on his return to Leicester Tigers colours

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 22 Harlequins 12

Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder admits his side were not at their best but was still delighted to…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 32 Exeter Chiefs 48

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter praised the lightning speed of hat-trick hero James Short as his side ran in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Audio: Post match reaction from Bath v Harlequins

Bath were back at the Rec to welcome Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. Simon Ward was in the crowd..... Afterwards…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library