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England Under-20s maintain dominant start to World Champs

England Under-20s are within touching distance of the World Rugby Under-20s semi-finals after a second bonus-point victory, beating Scotland 44-0.

Bath Rugby-bound skipper Jack Walker got the ball rolling with the opening try, and England kicked on with five tries in all against a Scottish team who had beaten them earlier this year in the Six Nations.

After Walker’s effort, Leicester Tigers flanker Will Evans, a replacement in the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final clash with Saracens, scored on his Under-20s debut.

That was followed by a score from London Irish’s Johnny Williams after a great break from winger Sam Aspland-Robinson.

Harry Mallinder converted all three tries, while also chipping in with two penalties as England led 27-0.

Replacement hooker Jack Singleton of Worcester Warriors then scored the bonus-point try, converted by Max Malins, and the Saracens man finished things off with a try of his own, which he converted to seal the win.

Next up for England is Australia, and victory would guarantee a semi-final spot and potentially the top seed in the last four.

England: 15 Darren Atkins, 14 Sam Aspland-Robinson, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Matt Gallagher, 10 Harry Mallinder, 9 Max Green, 8 Callum Chick, 7 Will Evans, 6 George Nott, 5 Huw Taylor, 4 Stan South, 3 Billy Walker, 2 Jack Walker (c), 1 Tom West
Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Lewis Boyce, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Andrew Kitchener, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Harry Randall, 22 Max Malins, 23 Ollie Thorley

Scotland: 15 Ben Robbins, 14 Robibe Nairn, 13 George Taylor, 12 Tom Galbraith, 11 Cameron Gray, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Hugh Fraser, 8 Ally Miller, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Scott Burnside, 5 Scott Cummings (c), 4 Callum Hunter-Hill, 3 Callum Sheldon, 2 Jake Kerr, 1 Dan Elkington
Replacements: 16 Lewis Anderson, 17 George Thornton, 18 Murray McCullum, 19 Andrew Davidson, 20 Matt Smith, 21 Charlie Shiel, 22 Matt McPhillips, 23 Reuben Norville

Tries: J Walker, Evans, Williams, Singleton, Malins
Conversions: Mallinder 3, Malins 2
Penalties: Mallinder 2, Malins
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

See the Future Stars of Rugby at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester this June. For more information, including how to buy tickets, visit #WorldRugbyU20s

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