England Under-20s complete first Grand Slam since 2011 with victory over Ireland

Vaishali Bhardwaj
Evening Standard
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England Under-20s secured their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2011 on Friday night after surviving a late scare to beat Ireland 14-10 at Donnybrook Stadium.

The visitors had a comfortable lead at the break thanks to tries from Jack Nay and Henry Walker and two conversions from Max Malins.

But Ireland fought back, with Bill Johnston kicking in a penalty before Gavin Coombes crossed just after the hour mark.

Johnston’s conversion handed hope to Ireland with the hosts reducing the deficit to just 14-10.

England, though, held on despite errors in their game in the latter stages of the match and further pressure from Ireland to secure a 14-10 win in Dublin, which seals their first Grand Slam for six years.

U20s | @max_malins7 reacts to England's #GrandSlam night at Donnybrook 🌹 pic.twitter.com/VfbWkgtRs1

— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 17, 2017

England U20 starting team vs Ireland U20:

15. Tom Parton (London Irish), 14. Joe Cokanasiga (London Irish), 13. Dominic Morris (Saracens), 12. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), 11. Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins), 10. Max Malins (Saracens), 9. Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby), 1. Ollie Dawe (Bristol Rugby), 2. Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby), 3. Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 4. Jack Nay (Saracens), 5. Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), 6. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), 7. Ben Curry (Sale Sharks), 8. Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) captain.


16. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons), 17. Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens), 18. Joseph Morris (Worcester Warriors), 19. Justin Clegg (Worcester Warriors), 20. Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby), 21. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), 22. Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish), 23. Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie).

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