Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

England youngsters make final

George Ford

England's Under-20s have reached the final of the IRB Junior World Championship for the third time in four years after beating France 33-18 in Treviso.

The lead changed hands four times in a tight encounter but England finished strongly and were guided to victory by 18 points from the Leicester fly-half George Ford.

England moved 20-18 ahead just before the hour mark when Saracens full-back Ben Ransom added to first-half tries from Wasps wing Christian Wade and Ford.

Two Ford penalties then put England in control and captain Alex Gray, the Newcastle number eight, wrapped up the victory with a try from his own half in added time.

England will face New Zealand in the final after the defending champions beat Australia 37-7 to record their 19th consecutive victory.

New Zealand's Baby Blacks beat England in the final in 2008 and 2009.

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