World Rugby Under 20 Championship Matchday 1 Round-Up

Date: 5 Jun 2019


Wasps Academy had three players involved in the opening round of this year’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Argentina.

Tom Willis and Alfie Barbeary were in action for England Under 20s while Cameron Anderson started for Scotland Under 20s on Tuesday.

Anderson started at outside-centre for Scotland against South Africa Under 20s in Rosario. The 19-year-old scored a try in the 62nd minute in Scotland’s 43-19 defeat to the Junior Springboks.

With the match evenly balanced (17-12) at the break, Carl Hogg’s young squad were well in it for large shares of the encounter, however, South Africa showed their strength and depth with three late tries to secure the win.

Next up, Scotland face New Zealand at Rosario’s Racecourse Stadium in their second World Rugby U20 Championship pool stage fixture this Saturday 8 June (kick-off 7.30pm BST) – streamed live at world.rugby/u20.

They then finish off the pool stages against Georgia at the same venue next Wednesday 12 June (kick-off 2.30pm BST) - streamed live at world.rugby/u20.

In the other game, Willis started at number-eight as England U20s lost their opening game of the World Rugby U20 Championship, beaten 42-26 by Ireland in Sante Fe.

Barbeary came on as a second-half replacement at hooker but unfortunately the 18-year-old was red-carded for an illegal tackle.

England trailed by a point at half-time and despite Ollie Sleightholme’s early try and eight points from the boot of Manu Vunipola, Ireland responded with converted scores from Jake Flannery and Stewart Moore.

A second try for Sleightholme and one for Tom Seabrook got England back in front but Ireland sealed victory with two converted David McCann tries and one apiece for Ben Healy and John Hodnett.

The side will next take on Italy on Saturday 8 June (kick-off 7.30pm BST) in Sante Fe before ending their Pool B campaign against Australia on Wednesday 12 June.

England U20 fixtures

Tuesday 4 June: England U20s 26-42 Ireland U20s

Saturday 8 June: England U20s v Italy U20s (7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms.

Wednesday 12 June: England U20s v Australia U20s (7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms.

Knockout stages on Monday 17 June and Finals Day on Saturday 22 June, live on ITV.