England Crowned World Junior Champions
Yesterday saw England crowned World Junior Champions by defeating Wales 23-15, fighting back from a 12 point deficit to defeat their Northern Hemisphere rivals in a pulsating encounter in France.
Having already dispatched of overwhelming pre-tournament favourites New Zealand in the semi-finals, the England team were looking to claim their first title against a Welsh side who had overcome South Africa in the previous round.
With no love lost between such arch rivals on the rugby field, the scene was set for a new name to be inscribed on the trophy and the youngsters certainly didn’t disappoint on the big stage.
With Wales leading 15-3 at the break, courtesy of a brace of tries by Ospreys Ashley Evans, the men in white had a try disallowed either side of half time before Exeter Chiefs Jack Nowell finally reduced the deficit by powering over the line as momentum swung in their favour for the second half.
Another Exeter player, this time Sam Hill powered over for a second try and with further late penalties added by Chiefs team-mate Henry Slade, this ensured the trophy would be heading back to Rugby HQ.
The title of World Champions adds to the impressive collection of silverware won by England as earlier in the year they also claimed the Six Nations Championship, having beaten Wales to end their own Grand Slam dream.