England beat Wales to win Junior World Championship
England Under-20s launched a stunning second-half comeback to seal a 23-15 win
England Under-20s won their first ever Junior World Championship title by beating Wales 23-15, scoring 20 unanswered second half points, at the Stade de la Rabine.
England, runners up in 2008, 2009 and 2011, were shocked by Wales' start and two tries from Ospreys winger Ashley Evans and a successful conversion and penalty from IRB Junior Player of the Year Sam Davies saw the men in red lead 15-3 at half time.
Evans first score was after a delightful cross kick from Davies and his second came after intercepting a loose pass from England prop Alec Hepburn.
England thought they had grabbed a try back just before half time but Tom Price's touchdown was controversially ruled out after lock Dom Barrow was adjudged to have used his knee at a ruck. Leeds man Barrow was sent to the sin bin.
There was to be further frustration for England, who had made the final after an impressive victory over New Zealand, as replacement prop forward Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi crossed but was called back for a double movement.
Exeter Chief's full back Jack Nowell barged through to score England's first try and clubmate Sam Hill finished off a move started by Anthony Watson's break.
Henry Slade converted both scores and added two late penalties to finish with a personal haul of 13 points as England became the first team from the Northern Hemisphere to win the tournament.
England captain Jack Clifford said after the game: "It’s amazing. It’s the highlight of my career. The Welsh boys came out really hard and took it to us and losing Dom really shook us but the boys gave 100% and it’s just amazing to win"
In the day's other results, South Africa defeated four-time champions New Zealand to finish third, France edged out Argentina to finish fifth, Australia beat Ireland to secure seventh place, Samoa overcame Scotland to finish in ninth position and Fiji crushed USA to finish 11th and condemn the United States to relegation to the second tier World Junior Trophy.
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