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Friday 24th February 19:45 GMT

 

Reigning World U20 Champions England Under 20s, will face Italy Under 20s in Round 3 of the 2017 Six Nations tournament at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington on Friday, seeking a third straight victory in this season's competition. England opened their campaign with a 59-17 thrashing of France at Sandy Park in Exeter, before turning in a fine performance to defeat the reigning Champions and Grand Slam winners in 2016 Wales in Round 2. The 37-21 victory in Colwyn Bay against Wales, was England's seventh straight victory at U20 level, and provided a second straight bonus point victory in the 6-Nations, to give the Red Rose side a two point advantage over the other unbeaten side, Ireland, who they will face on the final weekend of the tournament.

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Italy have opened the season with successive home defeats, against Wales 5-27, and then heart breakingly to Ireland in Round 2 when they went down by 26-27. Ireland denying them a first win in the Six Nations since February 2014, when they beat Scotland. They have now lost 14 successive games in the tournament, and haven't won at U20 level in any competition, since squeezing past Samoa 20-19 to claim 11th position at the 2015 World Championship in Cremona.

Posted: 7th June 2016

 

England and Italy Under 20s will bring down the curtain on the opening day's fixtures of the IRB U20 World Cup at the Manchester City Academy Stadium on Tuesday. England who are hosting the tournament for the first time, will be looking to claim a third title in the past four years, while Italy only need to finish in tenth position to record their best ever performance at the competition. The hosts produced their worst ever performance in the 6-Nations in 2016, when they finished in fifth position, with just a single win and four defeats against their name. Their only victory coming against Italy in Round 2 by 42-7.

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Italy themselves closed the Six Nations with five losses, and a sixth Wooden Spoon in nine tournaments. England Under 20s have the second best record of all countries that have competed in the U20's World Cup, having won the title twice, and been runners-up on four other occasions. The two successes came in 2013 and 2014, defeating Wales and South Africa respectively in the final. They were unable to secure a third successive world title in Italy in 2015, as they slipped to a 16-21 loss to New Zealand in the final. Italy have competed in six previous World Cups, and have finished eleventh on four occasions, including last year, when the tournament was held in their own country.

Posted: 13th February 2015

 

World Junior Champions England started their 2015 Six Nations challenge with a disappointing defeat to their Welsh equivalents at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay last weekend by 15-21, while this Friday’s opponents, Italy Under 20s were comprehensively dismissed by Ireland on home soil by 15-47. Brickfields, the home of troubled English Championship club Plymouth Albion, will host Friday’s encounter, as both sides look to get their campaign on track. With little chance of tasting championship success with two defeats in a season, for Friday’s protagonists, a win is vital if they are to retain serious title ambitions.

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Despite fielding a relatively inexperienced side, England Under 20s were disappointed to lose to a team that they had beaten 67-7 in last season’s championship. Despite leading 7-3 after a Rory Jennings try, converted by James Chisholm, and 12-6 after a further try by Joe Marchant, ill-discipline let the visitors down, and with Kieran Treadwell and Paul Hill in the sin bin, Wales were able to open up a winning 21-12 lead after the break. The Italians were competitive for the first 20 minutes against the Irish, trailing just 10-14, but in atrocious conditions, their challenge wilted, and it will be a major surprise if they improve on last season’s 5-52 defeat by England this coming weekend.

Posted: 8th March 2013

 

On Friday, the 8th of March, the Under 20 Six Nations continues when England Under 20s takes on Italy Under 20s in Northampton at 20:05 local time and GMT. England Under 20s is the second ranked team right now. They have played three games so far this season, and were able to win two of them, earning a total of four points. They are not the only team on the board with four points, however, because Scotland in the number three spot also has two wins earned and has four points right now as well as England. Wales is the number one ranked team with six points.

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As for the bottom three, we have Ireland in fourth place right now, and they are tied with the French team, both of which have won one games so far out of three and has earned two points each. Italy Under 20's has no wins and no points earned.


Tags: England Under 20s, Italy Under 20s, Six Nations, James Chisholm
Posted: 24th February 2017


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