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England brush aside Ireland in final to clinch Under-20 Championship title

England beat Ireland in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Salford on Saturday to claim the trophy for the third time in four years.

Captain Harry Mallinder provided a memorable display as England proved too good for Ireland, running out 45-21 victors at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Northampton Saints man Mallinder scored two tries, converted five and scored a penalty - with Joe Marchant also weighing in with a brace of tries.

Callum Chick and Huw Taylor added a try apiece as England dominated the first half and led 21-0 at the interval.

Ireland, appearing in their first final at this level, performed better after the break and racked up three tries of their own through Adam McBurney, Shane Daly and Max Deegan.

But England had the game won and managed to keep Ireland at arm's length to complete an impressive tournament and once again celebrate lifting the trophy.


From Belfast Telegraph