England to face Ireland in World Rugby U20 Championships

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Ireland will face their Six Nations rivals England in the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester on Saturday

 The Irish secured a place in the final for the first time after beating Argentina 37-7 on Monday, while later in the day, England eased into the final with a 39-17 win over South Africa at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.

The penultimate day at the competition in the north-west of England also saw wins for Australia over Scotland and France over Japan, while New Zealand comprehensively beat Wales and Georgia recorded their first ever U20 Championship win, narrowly beating Italy. 

The battle for tournament seedings on the last day will see South Africa play Argentina in the third place final and Australia face New Zealand in the battle for fifth place at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.

At Manchester City Academy Stadium, Scotland will play Wales for seventh spot, Georgia face France for ninth seed and Italy play Japan in the crucial relegation battle. 

More than 400 players have made the jump from the ranks of the U20 Championship (formerly JWC) since 2008. New Zealand clinched the title in Italy last year and also won the event from 2008-11 with South Africa winning the competition on home soil in 2012. Hosts England lifted the coveted trophy in 2013 and 2014, just missing out on a hat-trick of wins when they were beaten in a thrilling final by New Zealand in 2015.