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U20 round-up: England leave it late, Scotland edged out, Wales beaten

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 made his first start for England U20 as they left it late to beat Italy 24-23 in a thrilling encounter in Sante Fe, Argentina.

Having lost to Ireland in their opening fixture of the tournament they got back to winning ways, but crucially missed out on a four-try bonus point against Italy.

England held a narrow one-point lead at the break through an Alex Coles converted try while Italy sent over two penalties via Giacomo Da Re.

Steve Bates' side scored second half converted tries through Tom Willis and Richard Capstick, with Italy responding via Cristian Lai, Ange Capuozzo and Paolo Garbisi but Josh Hodge's late penalty won the game.

England will next face pool leaders Australia who have maximum points from their opening two games with victories over Italy and Ireland.

Nathan Chamberlain started at fly half as Scotland were edged out eight scores to five in a 13-try thriller against New Zealand, who eventually powered their way to victory in what was, from start to finish, an enthralling contest at Rosario’s Racecourse Stadium.

Despite trailing 26-0 with just 26 minutes on the clock, Carl Hogg’s brave outfit came roaring back in to the contest and scored 19 unanswered points to make it seven-point game in the early stages of the second-half (26-19).

That would spur New Zealand back in to action, however, and with their foot once again on the gas the Baby Blacks scored three quick fire tries in a ten-minute blitz to stretch out their lead further (45-19).

Scotland would not go down a fight, however, and with further scores from replacement hooker Ewan Ashman and winger Jack Blain – with the latter an excellently worked cross field kick try – the age-grade side would earn a richly deserved losing bonus-point.

Nick English was among the replacements in Wales' 32-13 defeat to reigning world champions, France.

Two tries from Scarlets wing Tomi Lewis wasn’t enough to help Wales overturn a powerful French side, who followed up their 32-10 Six Nations victory over Wales with another convincing triumph.

In the end, a stream of off loads by the French and more than 30 missed tackles from Wales allowed the champions to notch their second win of the tournament. Wales will now face Fiji in their final pool game on Wednesday.


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