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Will Evans pleased with debut try but Haag wants more from England Under-20s

England boss Martin Haag believes his side must find a new level ahead of Wednesday’s crucial World Rugby Under-20 Championship fixture against Australia.

Haag’s men continued their unbeaten start to life in the competition at the weekend as they gained revenge for a Six Nations defeat to Scotland with a 44-0 win at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.

England scored five tries against the Scots to follow up on their tournament opener against Italy – but Haag has called for urgent improvements ahead of facing the Aussies. 

Tries from skipper Jack Walker, who will join Bath Rugby this summer, Leicester Tigers’ Will Evans, London Irish’s Johnny Williams, Worcester Warriors’ Jack Singleton and Saracens’ Max Malins meant Haag’s side have a perfect record in Pool B but bigger tests wait just around the corner.

Haag said: "We are happy enough, but there are some things to work on.

“The number of times we went into the opposition 22 and for ill-discipline, or whatever reason, didn’t convert.

“However, we are really pleased to get the win and the way we finished the game I thought was superb, attacking from our own line I thought was excellent.

“We just need a bit more precision at times but that’s something we can work on."

The victory was particularly sweet for Haag’s men after England had suffered a shock Six Nations loss against Scotland earlier this year.

Tigers’ starlet Evans, who was making his Under-20 debut for England, said: "I've been waiting a long time to make my Under-20 debut and the feeling didn't disappoint.

"To nil a side at international level is a great achievement, but we will keep our feet on the floor and work hard for Australia."

Elsewhere in England’s group, Australia bounced back from their opening round defeat to record a 38-10 victory over Italy. Haag’s side next face Australia on Wednesday June 15 at the AJ Bell Stadium, and would wrap up a semi-final spot in case of victory.

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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