Mallinder stars as England under-20s claim world title glory

STAR MAN - Harry Mallinder
STAR MAN - Harry Mallinder

Saints’ Harry Mallinder scored 23 points as he captained England to glory in the final of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Salford on Saturday night.

England’s youngsters beat Ireland 45-21 to claim the trophy for the third time in four years.

Mallinder provided a memorable display as England proved too good for the Irish at the AJ Bell Stadium.

He scored two tries, converted five and also scored a penalty - with Joe Marchant also weighing in with a try double.

Callum Chick and Huw Taylor added a try apiece as England dominated the first half and led 21-0 at the interval.

Ireland, appearing in their first final at this level, performed better after the break and racked up three tries of their own through Adam McBurney, Shane Daly and Max Deegan.

But England had the game won and managed to keep Ireland at arm’s length to complete an impressive tournament and once again celebrate lifting the trophy.