IRB Junior World Championship: England coach Nick Walshe wary of Wales

Last Updated: 19/06/13 7:05am

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England celebrate their win over New Zealand

England celebrate their win over New Zealand

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England Under-20s coach Nick Walshe is expecting a "tough challenge" against Wales in the IRB Junior Championship final on Sunday.

England and Wales set-up an all-British final after recording stunning victories over New four-time winners New Zealand and defending champions South Africa respectively.

And although England beat Wales 28-15 at Eirias Park to claim the Six Nations title back in March, Walshe is expecting a closer affair at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes - with the match live on Sky Sports 2 HD.

"Wales will be a tough challenge," said Walshe.


"We obviously know them pretty well from the Six Nations and they put in a massive performance against the South Africans, so massive credit to them and we look forward to seeing them on Sunday."

Captain Jack Clifford, who put in an inspirational display in the 33-21 victory over New Zealand, added: "I'm really proud of all of the guys - we executed our game plan and we're really, really pleased to get the win.

"New Zealand are a tough side to play against, they don't give you a second to think, but I felt that we were composed throughout and deserved the win.

"We have five days before the final now so we'll rest up and then switch our attention to Wales."

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