Warriors trio help England defeat South Africa

Ted Hill, James Scott and Will Butler were part of the England squad which helped England seal their place in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship final with a 32-31 win over the Junior Springboks in Narbonne on Tuesday.

Steve Bates’ men led 32-19 late into the game before a comeback from South Africa set-up a nervy finish – but England held on to claim victory by one point.

England will now meet France on Sunday in Beziers (kick-off 6pm BST, ITV4) after the hosts claimed victory over reigning champions New Zealand.

England Head Coach Bates said: “It is a great achievement for these guys. They played some really good rugby in the first-half but couldn’t quite get enough ball in the second, which meant it ended up being a tight game.

“From the forwards perspective that was a gruelling game, and this side’s spirit shone through in those final moments. Now we have to recover and prepare for Sunday’s final.”

England U20s
15 Tom Parton (London Irish)
14 Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)
13 Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
12 Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers)
11 Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers)
10 Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
9 Ben White (Leicester Tigers)
1 Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby)
2 Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby)
3 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)
4 Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5 James Scott (Worcester Warriors)
6 Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
7 Ben Curry (Sale Sharks)
8 Josh Basham (London Irish)

Replacements
16 Gabriel Oghre (Wasps)
17 Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
18 Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints)
19 Tom Willis (Wasps Rugby)
20 Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby)
21 Rory Brand (London Irish)
22 James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
23 Will Butler (Worcester Warriors)

England Under 20s fixtures
England 39-18 Argentina
England 43-5 Italy
England 35-10 Scotland
England 32-31 South Africa

Finals day
England vs France | Sunday 17 June 6pm BST | Beziers