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Ulster men give Ireland U20s flying start in World Championship England win

England U20s 26-42 Ireland U20s

Iwan Hughes of Ireland jumps with the ball during a first round match between England U20 and Ireland U20 as part of World Rugby U20 Championship 2019 at Club de Rugby Ateneo Inmaculada on June 4, 2019 in Santa Fe, Argentina. (Photo by Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images)
Iwan Hughes of Ireland jumps with the ball during a first round match between England U20 and Ireland U20 as part of World Rugby U20 Championship 2019 at Club de Rugby Ateneo Inmaculada on June 4, 2019 in Santa Fe, Argentina. (Photo by Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images)
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland under-20s backed up their Six Nations Grand Slam with a bonus-point 42-26 win over England to kick off their World Championship campaign in Santa Fe, Argentina.

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Ulstermen contributed three of the six tries scored by Noel McNamara's men with Stewart Moore scoring a clever touchdown in the first-half and flanker David McCann bagging a brace from close range after the turn.

The entertaining contest swung on English ill-discipline with Steve Bates's side being shown two yellows and a red over the final 45 minutes of a game that at one stage had been tied 21-21.

The pool resumes on Saturday with a mouth-watering meeting between Ireland and Australia, the Oceania under-age champions who also began their tournament with a bonus-point win over Italy. 

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