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U20 round-up: England down Wallabies, Wales triumph, Scotland shocked

Academy trio Will Capon, Nathan Chamberlain and Nick English were all in action in the latest round of fixtures at the World Rugby U20 Championship. 

Will Capon started for the second successive game as England sealed a 56-33 bonus-point victory over Australia in their final pool game of the World Rugby U20 Championship, scoring eight tries in the win.

Having lost their opening fixture of the tournament to Ireland, before beating Italy in match two, the result means they finish third in their pool and cannot advance to the top four of the Championship.

They will next face Ireland in the fifth-place play-off on Monday, 17 June, KO 7.30pm BST, in Rosario, Argentina with New Zealand and Wales making up the other half of the draw.

England led 42-12 at the break, scoring six tries through Fraser Dingwall, Ollie Sleightholme, Tom de Glanville, Aaron Hinkley and a brace for Ted Hill, with Josh Hodge converting them all.

Nick English made his first start of the competition as Wales weathered a Fijian storm to edge a U20 World Rugby Championship thriller and finish the pool stages on a high.

Gareth Williams’ kept their heads to emerge victorious from a breathless encounter against a Fiji side packed full of lethal attacking weapons.

The lead changed hands four times but scores from Tommy Reffell, Dafydd Buckland and Tomi Lewis were enough for a first-half advantage.

Captain Dewi Lake secured the bonus-point as Fiji kept on coming back, but Ben Warren’s try gave Wales breathing space before Ioan Davies secured victory.

Wales will now face New Zealand in the play-offs to determine who will finish fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth after their second win from three Pool A matches.

Nathan Chamberlain was among the replacements as Scotland U20 lost their final World Rugby U20 Championship pool match as Georgia struck late to cap-off a second-half comeback in Rosario.

Carl Hogg’s side led 7-0 at the break, with hooker Ewan Ashman grabbing the only score in a turgid opening 40 minutes of action.

Georgia would strike back through stand-off Tedo Abzhandadze’s early second-half penalty, but Ashman grabbed his second soon thereafter to make it 3-12 with less than 30 minutes to play.

However, second-half tries from Abzhandadze – who finished the match with 12 points to his name – and replacement Luka Nioradze flipped the script and the Junior Lelos held a 17-12 with just five minutes to play.

Scotland would work it into striking distance in the final moments, but Georgia held on to record their first win in this year’s Championship.


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