England thrashed by New Zealand in World U20 Championship final


Five times England have faced New Zealand in the final of the Under-20 World Championship and, after a comprehensive 64-17 defeat in Tbilisi yesterday, they have now suffered five defeats.

They led 40-7 at half-time as they built a base for their seventh success in 10 editions of the world event.

Earl's try wasn't a precursor of things to come as New Zealand upped the tempo.

The Baby Blacks ran in 10 tries with hooker Asafo Aumua claiming a hat-trick.

They added a further four in the second half.

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New Zealand's momentum was thwarted somewhat when Ezekiel Lindenmuth was yellow carded for a late tackle and England made the most of the numerical advantage as Alex Mitchell darted over for a try.

The game ended in similar fashion to how it started with New Zealand having the final say, Jacobson powering through to end England's hopes of retaining their title.

Aumua completed his hat trick as New Zealand hit the 50 point mark, Christie barging over for a ninth try before England replacement James Grayson produced a moment of magic to send Josh Bayliss over in the corner for a consolation effort.

South Africa beat France 37-15 to finish third.