16 June 2014, 9:57am
A try from Bath Rugby Academy hooker Tom Woolstencroft helped England Under 20s through to their third Junior World Championship final in four years after a five-try 42-15 victory against Ireland at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.
Second row Charlie Ewels, another Bath Academy player, also started in Nick Walshe and Ian Peel’s side, which will now face South Africa in the final at Eden Park on Friday (kick-off 8.35am BST).
Tries from Harry Sloan, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Howard Packman, Woolstencroft and Gus Jones set England on the way to victory, while Billy Burns added two penalties and four conversions, and Packman a drop goal.
Head Coach Nick Walshe said: “We’re pleased with how we played – particularly in that first half, we challenged the guys to start well and they delivered. Ireland were physical and caused us problems, but we dealt with them well.
“It feels just as special this year as it did last – South Africa will provide a real test for us, but we’re excited – it doesn’t get much bigger.”
England U20 starting XV against Ireland
15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
14 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
10 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby)
3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, captain)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Gus Jones (London Wasps)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)
16 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie)
17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
18 Harry Rudkin (Leicester Tigers)
19 Hayden Thompson-Stringer (Saracens)
20 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)
21 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby)
22 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Rugby)