England national under-20 rugby union team

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England U-20
England national rugby union team (emblem).svg
Union Rugby Football Union
Emblem(s) Red Rose
Ground(s) Twickenham
Coach(es) Steve Bates
Top scorer Tom Homer
Most tries Jonny May
Team kit
Change kit
First international
England England 28–15 Wales Wales
(1 Feb 2008)
Largest win
England England 109–0 United States United States
(13 June 2013)
Largest defeat
New Zealand New Zealand 64–17 England England
(18 June 2017)
World Cup
Appearances 11 (First in 2008)
Best result Champions, 2013, 2014, 2016

The England Under 20 rugby team are the newest representative rugby union team from England. They replace the two former age grade teams Under 19's and Under 21's. They compete in the annual Six Nations Under 20s Championship and World Rugby Under 20 Championship.

They are coached by the RFU's International performance coach, Steve Bates.[1]

World Rugby Under 20 Championship[edit]

Their first tournament was the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship, in which they took second place, being defeated by New Zealand 3–38 in the final.[2] The following year saw England finish runners up to New Zealand again at the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship.[3]

At the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship, they reached the Semi-finals after winning all of their pool stage games against Argentina, Ireland and France.[4] They lost the semi-final to Australia 16–28[5] and then lost against South Africa 22–27 to finish in 4th place.[6] England finished runners up to New Zealand again at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.[7]

At the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship, England defeated New Zealand 33-21 in the semi final.[8] In the final against Wales, tries from Jack Nowell and Sam Hill saw England recover from a dozen point half-time deficit to become World Champions at junior level for the first time.[9]

England retained their title at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship, defeating South Africa in the final.[10] The following year saw England lose in the final of the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship to New Zealand.[11] England hosted the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.[12] They regained the title after defeating Ireland in the final.[13]

England were runners up to both New Zealand at the 2017 tournament[14] and hosts France at the 2018 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.[15]

Championship record[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA
Wales 2008 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 148 104
Japan 2009 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 193 79
Argentina 2010 Semi-final 4th 5 3 0 2 139 107
Italy 2011 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 153 114
South Africa 2012 Pool Stage 7th 5 3 0 2 128 88
France 2013 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 219 73
New Zealand 2014 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 181 78
Italy 2015 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 151 94
England 2016 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 193 61
Georgia (country) 2017 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 169 144
France 2018 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 174 97
Total 11/11 3 Titles 55 43 0 12 1848 1039

Overall[edit]

All results, up to and including the 2018 Six Nations Under 20s Championship and the 2018 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn % Won
Argentina Argentina 3 3 0 0
100%
Australia Australia 6 5 1 0
83.33%
Canada Canada 1 1 0 0
100%
Fiji Fiji 1 1 0 0
100%
France France 16 10 6 0
62.50%
 Ireland 17 12 5 0
70.58%
Italy Italy 15 15 0 0
100%
Japan Japan 2 2 0 0
100%
New Zealand New Zealand 6 1 5 0
16.66%
Samoa Samoa 2 2 0 0
100%
Scotland Scotland 15 13 2 0
86.66%
South Africa South Africa 11 8 3 0
72.72%
United States United States 1 1 0 0
100%
Wales Wales 14 12 2 0
85.71%
Total 110 86 24 0
78.18%

Current squad[edit]

England Under-20's elite squad for the 2018 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.[16]

Player Position Club
Beck Cutting Hooker England Worcester Warriors
Gabriel Oghre Hooker England Wasps
Henry Walker Hooker England Gloucester Rugby
Joe Heyes Prop England Leicester Tigers
Ciaran Knight Prop England Gloucester Rugby
Ehren Painter Prop England Northampton Saints
Alex Seville Prop England Gloucester Rugby
Toby Trinder Prop England Northampton Saints
Joel Kpoku Lock England Saracens
Sam Lewis Lock England Leicester Tigers
James Scott Lock England Worcester Warriors
Josh Basham Back Row England London Irish
Ben Curry Flanker England Sale Sharks
Ted Hill Flanker England Worcester Warriors
Aaron Hinkley Flanker England Gloucester Rugby
Tom Willis Number 8 England Wasps
Rory Brand Scrum-half England London Irish
Ben White Scrum-half England Leicester Tigers
James Grayson Fly-half England Northampton Saints
Tom Hardwick Fly-half England Leicester Tigers
Marcus Smith Fly-half England Harlequins
Will Butler Centre England Worcester Warriors
Fraser Dingwall Centre England Northampton Saints
Jordan Olowofela Centre England Leicester Tigers
Gabriel Ibitoye Wing England Harlequins
Ben Loader Wing England London Irish
Ali Crossdale Fullback England Saracens
Tom Parton Fullback England London Irish

Management[edit]

Coaching Team:

Honours[edit]

Winners (3): 2013, 2014, 2016
Runners-up (6): 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018
Winners (6): 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017
Grand Slam (3): 2008, 2011, 2017
Triple Crown (5): 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Bates to lead the RFU's England U20s programme". Sky Sports. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "England U20 3-38 NZ U20". BBC Sport. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "England U20s suffer loss in Japan". BBC Sport. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "England book semi-final date with Australia". ESPN Scrum. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand and Australia set up showdown". ESPN Scrum. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "England settle for fourth as Baby Blacks triumph". Six Nations Rugby. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "New Zealand U20 33-22 England U20". BBC Sport. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "England Under-20s beat New Zealand to reach world final". BBC Sport. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "Junior World Championship: Wales U20 15-23 England U20". BBC Sport. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "Junior World Championship: England 21-20 South Africa". BBC Sport. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "World Rugby U20 Championship: New Zealand 21-16 England". BBC Sport. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  12. ^ "World Rugby U20 Championship: Manchester to host 2016 event". BBC Sport. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "World Rugby U20 Championship 2016: England beat Ireland in final". BBC Sport. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  14. ^ "World Under-20 Championship final: England 17-64 New Zealand". BBC Sport. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "World Rugby U20 Championship: England lose out to France in final". BBC Sport. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "England U20: Ben Curry called up for World Rugby U20 Championship". BBC Sport. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 

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