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Thursday 14 December 2017

Irish U20s get their revenge over England

THE Ireland U20s guaranteed their best finish at an IRB Junior World Championship with a brilliant 27-12 play-off win over bogey team England in Cape Town.

Ireland will battle France for fifth place on Friday after beating the Six Nations champions at the third time of asking.

England are the only team Ireland have lost to at this level this year, with Mike Ruddock's men losing the grand slam decider in March and edged out in the pool stages of this tournament last week.

But revenge was sweet for skipper Niall Scannell and his team-mates as three converted tries gave them a deserved victory.

JJ Hanrahan converted first-half efforts from Barry Daly and Iain Henderson added a penalty to give the Irish a 17-0 lead at the break.

Ireland sewed it up in the 73rd minute with another clever piece of attacking play. Playmaker Hanrahan hung up a cross-field kick and flanker Jordan Coghlan went over.



Jones: Wales must halt Wallabies

Alun-Wyn Jones is determined to help Wales end their tour of Australia on a high with victory in Sydney at the weekend.

The tourists came within 20 seconds of levelling the series against the Wallabies in Melbourne only to succumb to Mike Harris' injury-time penalty which gave the home side a 25-23 win and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

But Six Nations champions Wales head to New South Wales with the intention of claiming their first Test victory down under since 1969. Lock Jones said: "It's done now and we have got to get back on the horse."



England in need of Care

Danny Care could be in sight of an England return after injury forced Ben Youngs out of the tour of South Africa.

Youngs looked to have secured the scrum-half shirt with an impressive two-try display in Saturday's 36-27 second Test loss in Johannesburg but it has since emerged the 22-year-old suffered a shoulder injury in the game.

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