- London Irish’s Marland Yarde looks ahead to JWC in South Africa
- Wing hoping for another crack at unbeaten Baby Blacks
With the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa one month away, England Under 20 wing Marland Yarde is one of just seven players getting another crack at the whip, and the London Irish man says that last year’s final defeat against New Zealand still hurts.
The 33-22 defeat against the Baby Blacks in 2011 was the closest New Zealand’s premier age grade side have come to losing in the competition, but Yarde still feels that England did enough to win in Italy.
"It still hurts – we took them really close and we felt like we could have won it, but on the day they were more clinical than us and that proved to be the difference."
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England will face their South African hosts in the final Pool game, a match Yarde knows will be tough, having come up against the Rainbow Nation in last year’s competition.
"We’re really excited about heading out there," said the 20-year-old. "We’ve got a tough group but we can’t look too far ahead, obviously we want to go one better than last year but it’s going to be a challenge.
"South Africa will be very difficult, their fans are very passionate and it will be physical. It was probably our most physical game last year but we’ll be up for the game."
The England Under 20 squad and their schedule in South Africa is available on RFU.com.