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U20 round-up: Wales sink Baby Blacks, Capon stars in England win

Nick English featured from the bench as Wales U20 snatched a dramatic 8-7 victory over New Zealand at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Rosario, Argentina.

Cai Evans held his nerve to land a 79th-minute penalty to beat the Baby Blacks for only the second time and take Wales into the fifth place play-off.

Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler’s opportunistic score gave Wales the edge before the game was delayed for an hour due to an electrical storm overhead.

Tupou Va’ai looked to have snatched it for New Zealand when he crashed over nine minutes from time, but Evans kicked Wales to an historic result.

Will Capon receives his England U20 cap.

Wales will face England in the fifth-place final on Saturday after Steve Bates’ side sealed a 30-23 victory over Ireland in Rosario, Argentina. 

Will Capon started for the third successive game for an England side who led 13-6 at the break, with Josh Hodge scoring a try and converting his own score as well as adding two further penalties as Ireland responded through Ben Healy’s boot.

A second-half try from Sam Maunder, which Hodge converted as well as a further penalty increased England's lead but late scores from Jonathan Wren and Brian Deeny which Healy converted levelled the game.

But in stoppage time Tom Willis bundled over to seal a dramatic late victory with Hodge adding a third conversion.

Having lost their opening fixture of the tournament to Ireland and despite victories over Italy and Australia in their pool, England were unable to advance to the top four of the Championship - leaving them to battle for fifth.


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