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Under 20s set for Championship decider

12 March 2012

  • England Under 20 set for Six Nations decider
  • The boys will have fire in their bellies – Kvesic
England Under 20 celebrate a try

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Adams Park is the venue this Friday night for the deciding game in this season’s U20s Six Nations as England and Ireland go head to head, live on Sky Sports HD 2, KO 20.05.

The Irish will arrive at the home of London Wasps searching for a Grand Slam having completed an unbeaten run in the tournament so far, while defending champions England are still in the hunt for the title despite falling to France last weekend.

France ended England’s hopes of back to back Grand Slams at the weekend winning 12-8 win in Vannes, but a win against Ireland would still likely be enough to secure England a second successive title on points difference.

England trio Matt Kvesic, Ben Ransom and Nathan Morris all say that Friday's game is huge, and they can't wait to get out there and make amends for the loss in France.

Flanker Kvesic said: "We were absolutely gutted after the France game, more so because we know that we didn’t reach anywhere near our potential. Fair play to the French, they played in the right areas and stopped us from attacking, but our focus is now on the Ireland game.

England Under 20 flanker Matt Kvesic

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“We’ll stay positive, we’ve reviewed the France game and we move on. If we perform on the night, like we know we can, then I’m confident we can get the right result – the boys will definitely have a little bit of fire in their bellies.”

Full back Ransom said: "France were a big, physical side, they had a big crowd behind them and they performed on the day. We're disappointed with the loss, but we can hold our heads up high – the guys gave their all and that's all you can ask.

"We'll learn from that defeat and focus all our energy onto Ireland this Friday. The goal is to win the Six Nations and I think, with this squad, we can do that."

Wasps hooker Nathan Morris added: “It’s been a great experience for me being with the squad and I would love to get the chance to play at Adams Park for England but there is a lot of competition for places in the squad.

"We’re all hurting after the loss to France but we’re focused now on an Irish side who are coming here with an unbeaten record so we know the type of challenge we will face. It should be a great game.”

Tickets are offered at a discounted price for all London Wasps Platinum Members. To book a place call the London Wasps ticket hotline on 0844 225 2990 or by booking online.