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England U20s side named to face South Africa in SF of WRU20s


By K
June 19 2016

England Head Coach Martin Haag has made six changes to his side for Monday’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship semi-final against South Africa at Manchester City Academy Stadium (7.45pm, Sky Sports 3).

 

Englands Harry Mallinder in action against Australia during the U20s Rugby Union World Cup

Haag’s side head into the last four of the competition as the top seed with Ireland and Argentina contesting the other semi-final.  Max Malins is selected at full-back while wing Sam Aspland-Robinson and scrum-half Max Green also return to the starting XV.   Prop Billy Walker and No 8 Callum Chick earn recalls, while Jack Singleton is named at hooker in place of the injured Jack Walker.

“Everyone is very excited in the camp, we set out our goals at the start of the tournament and we are achieving those goals,” said Haag.  “The challenge for us now is to keep improving and we are excited about the opportunity to play South Africa in a home semi-final. The players have been absolutely superb and we need to make sure we come out the other side with a victory.”

Harry Mallinder will captain England on Monday in place of Jack Walker who has been medically replaced after sustaining a concussion during England’s game against Australia on 15June.     The hooker will remain in camp while going through the graduated return to play protocol. Charlie Piper (Harlequins) now joins the squad in his place.

“It’s with great disappointment that Jack will not feature in the semi-final,” said Haag.  “Jack has been an exemplary leader, bringing the team together and motivating the players to be the best that they can be, both on and off the pitch. That’s something he should be very proud of.”

“We have great confidence in Charlie (Piper) who now joins the squad. Charlie narrowly missed out on taking part in the Six Nations due to injury but was involved in the pre-tournament training camp in Newcastle. He will benefit from getting an opportunity to gain experience from playing at this level.”

Elsewhere, Joe Marchant and Johnny Williams again make up England’s centre pairing with Lewis Boyce joining Singleton and Billy Walker in the front row.  Stan South and Huw Taylor remain in the second-row while George Nott and Will Evans make up England’s backrow alongside Callum Chick.

“There are 28 guys in the squad who have trained brilliantly so to leave anyone out is tough,” said Haag. “I’ve been delighted with how everyone has had game time and gelled together in such a short space of time.”

Haag is expecting a “physical” and “direct” approach from South Africa and has urged his side to raise to that challenge.  He added: “In attack we need to be sharp, clinical and take the opportunities that come our way. We are anticipating a big battle as you would expect in a semi-final.

“We need to execute better, we need to set our own identity and play to a level that we aspire to.”  Haag also believes home support can further inspire his side to make next weekend’s World Rugby U20 Championship final.  “The players are hugely motivated about playing in a home semi-final which is a once in a life-time opportunity for them at this level,” he said.

“In all the matches we have played the support for us has been huge, the fans have been absolutely superb. We want to make that stadium a fortress for us and there is no better feeling for those players standing on that pitch and singing the national anthem with a full stadium behind them.

England squad to play South Africa: 

15 Max Malins (Saracens)
14 Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins)
13 Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
12 Johnny Williams (London Irish)
11 Matt Gallagher (Saracens)
10 Harry Mallinder - Captain (Northampton Saints)
9 Max Green (Yorkshire Carnegie)

1 Lewis Boyce (Yorkshire Carnegie)
2 Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)
3 Billy Walker (Saracens)
4 Stan South (Harlequins)
5 Huw Taylor (Worcester Warriors)
6 George Nott (Sale Sharks)
7 Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
8 Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons)

Replacements:

16 Charlie Piper (Harlequins)
17 Tom West (Wasps)
18 Will Stuart (Wasps)
19  Andrew Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
20 Jack Willis (Wasps)
21 Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby)
22 Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie)
23 Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)

England Pool B fixtures:
England 48-10 Italy (Tuesday 7 June) KO 19:45, Manchester City Academy Stadium
England 44-0 Scotland (Saturday 11 June) KO 18:00, Manchester City Academy Stadium
England 17 v 13 Australia (Wednesday 15 June) KO 19:45 AJ Bell Stadium
England vs South Africa (Monday 20 June) 19:45, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Final and knock-out games (Saturday 25 June) Details TBC

For tickets and more information about the World Rugby U20 Championship visit: http://www.englandrugby.com/u20championships/  #FutureStarsofRugby

 

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England U20s side named to face South Africa in SF of WRU20s
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Re: England U20s side named to face South Africa in SF of WRU20s
MikeGC (IP Logged)
21/06/2016 08:30
Good performance by our youngsters against the baby Bokke.

A great sunny afternoon/evening at the Etihad watching all three games for a very reasonable Ł15.

 
Re: England U20s side named to face South Africa in SF of WRU20s
Kath... (IP Logged)
21/06/2016 17:11
England are through to the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship after a 39-17 victory over South Africa at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.

Martin Haag’s side will now play Ireland in Saturday’s final at the AJ Bell Stadium (7pm).

England scored six tries to set up a clash with Ireland who earlier defeated Argentina to progress.

They led 31-3 at the break, scoring five tries through Max Green, Huw Taylor, Sam Aspland-Robinson, Johnny Williams and Max Malins with Harry Mallinder kicking six points.

The Junior Springboks made a good start to the second half with tries from Edwill van der Merwe and Curwin Bosch who also converted both.

Mallinder's penalty and a Max Wright try extended England’s advantage and settled the game.

Head Coach Martin Haag said "We were really pleased with today and we want to keep improving,

"This group of players surprise me every time they go out on the field with their intent and the way they want to work hard for each other.

"The first half was outstanding, we played with pace and transitioned well between defence and attack - our defence was strong and we scored some tries off the back of that, our attack was fantastic.

"We didn’t finish the game off as well as we would have liked but some great rugby in that first half and that did the job for us."

Haag says preparation will be key ahead of the match against Ireland - who he says start as favourites on Saturday. Ireland defeated Argentina 37-7 to advance through to the final.

"We are really looking forward to final against Ireland and we need to make sure we turn up for the occasion," he said. "We are delighted to get to this position but we have got another job to do.

"Ireland were superb in their victory and I think that the way they played today will place them as favourites.

"For us we I think there are still some things that we can improve on. We're looking forward to Saturday already, it should be a great day."

England made the perfect start winning turnover ball and Williams sniped through South Africa’s midfield before passing inside to Green to race through unchallenged under the posts inside two minutes. Mallinder converted for 7-0.

Their second came with Joe Marchant collecting Williams’ grubber through the South Africa midfield before the ball was recycled wide by England’s forwards to Jack Singleton who charged his way over the try line. He was held up however, from the resulting ruck Taylor crashed over for 12-0.

South Africa’s first points came from the boot of Bosch who dissected the posts with a penalty. Ward was then sent to the bin for taking out Malins in the air as he went to collect a high ball.

England’s third try came as forwards and backs combined to recycle the ball wide and Malins flicked the ball to Aspland-Robinson on the right wing to dart over in the corner.

Mallinder converted for 19-3 with Ward returning to the game soon after. Williams continued his impressive half with a try before the break, bundling over after England had driven a line-out to within inches of the South Africa line with the conversion taking the score to 26-3.

Evans was sent to the bin just before the break but the half ended on a positive note after Marchant collected an up and under before off-loading to Malins to cross on the left wing for 31-3.

The Junior Springboks had their first try of the game with van der Merwe collecting an England cross kick inside his own 22m before racing the length of the field to score under the posts. Bosch’s conversion took the score to 31-10.

Bosch then finished off a sharp South Africa attack in midfield with his conversion reducing the deficit to 31-17. Mallinder kicked his first penalty of the game to extend their lead.

Hooker Charlie Piper came on for his first England Under 20 appearance, the 10th player to make his debut in this competition.

Wright went over in the corner after great hands by England created an overlap in the left corner for 39-17.

Scorers:
Try: Max Green, Huw Taylor, Sam Aspland-Robinson, Johnny Williams, Max Malins, Max Wright
Conversions: Harry Mallinder (3)
Penalties: Mallinder (1)

England squad to play South Africa:

15 Max Malins (Saracens)
14 Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins)
13 Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
12 Johnny Williams (London Irish)
11 Matt Gallagher (Saracens)
10 Harry Mallinder - Captain (Northampton Saints)
9 Max Green (Yorkshire Carnegie)

1 Lewis Boyce (Yorkshire Carnegie)
2 Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)
3 Billy Walker (Saracens)
4 Stan South (Harlequins)
5 Huw Taylor (Worcester Warriors)
6 George Nott (Sale Sharks)
7 Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
8 Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons)

Replacements:

16 Charlie Piper (Harlequins)
17 Tom West (Wasps)
18 Will Stuart (Wasps)
19 Andrew Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
20 Jack Willis (Wasps)
21 Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby)
22 Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie)
23 Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)

England Pool B fixtures:
England 48-10 Italy (Tuesday 7 June) KO 19:45, Manchester City Academy Stadium
England 44-0 Scotland (Saturday 11 June) KO 18:00, Manchester City Academy Stadium
England 17-13 Australia (Wednesday 15 June) KO 19:45 AJ Bell Stadium
England 39-17 South Africa (Monday 20 June) KO 19:45, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Final England v Ireland (Saturday 25 June) 7pm AJ Bell Stadium

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