Friday, 16 June 2017 12:21

Under 20s Rugby World Cup Final: England to take on the All Blacks

Written by Elliott Mills
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England Rugby team are looking to emulate the success of the football team.

The future prospects are looking bright, as the under 20s are all set to take on New Zealand on Sunday 18th June at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Georgia at the World Cup Finals.

“we’re confident that we’ve prepared really well for the game, and having had three really close games and coming through on top we've got a really resilient group who know how to win tight matches.” Says fly half Theo Brophy-Clews, from The London Irish rugby club.

This team spirit and determination was certainly on show in England’s semi-final victory against South African last Tuesday. After trailing behind the Junior Boks for much of the second half, it took a 75th minute try from Captain Zac Mercer, to secure the win.

It was this resolve that also saw the team through in their final pool match against Australia, with Max Malins’ late penalty putting England in the lead to snatch the 20-19 victory.

If we look briefly over the tournament’s history we know that England, having won three out of the four previous under 20s finals and have been a dominant force in recent years.

However, as the British and Irish Lions are now perhaps illustrating, the quality of rugby in New Zealand can never be underestimated, and it should be of no surprise that out of those last four finals, the All Blacks were the other winners, coming good against England in 2015.

This Sunday’s final then should make for a tough but exciting clash, and seems that the England team agree. Of their upcoming opponents, Brophy Clews went on to say:

“The All Blacks have had some really good results and have posed some massive threats that we'll need to be careful of. They'll challenge us like we haven't been before, so it should be an awesome game.”

With the England Under 20s Football team fresh from beating Venezuela 1-0 to become world cup winners, and now the England Under 20s Rugby Union squad yet again reaching the final, it seems as though there is no shortage of talent coming through the ranks for the future.


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