Dawson, Robinson & more: Twitter reacts as England win JWC title

Matt Dawson and Jason Robinson praise England after winning back-to-back Junior World Championship titles

By Gareth Llewellyn
England lift Junior World Championship title Photo: IRB

England retained their Junior World Championship title with a hard-fought 21-20 win over South Africa at Eden Park.

England’s tries from Saracens full-back Nathan Earle and Exeter Chiefs Joel Conlon were cancelled out by two from Bulls utility back Jesse Kriel.

Gloucester outside-half Billy Burns—younger brother of Freddie—kicked two penalties and one of two conversion attempts, with Aaron Morris landing a penalty from 55 metres which proved to be enough as player of the tournament and Baby Boks captain Handré Pollard could only manage two penalties and two conversions with two drop-goal efforts failing to land.

Nick Walshe’s side survived a mammoth barrage of attack from South Africa in the final quarter, but held firm to ensure English sport has something to celebrate from a World Cup this month.

Here is a selection of the best tweets from players past and present on another well-deserved England triumph.

England U20s outside-half Billy Burns’ tweet and photo

Former Sale Sharks, England and British and Irish Lions full-back Jason Robinson (@Jason15Robinson) reminds us just how big England’s win is, perhaps with a nod to another World Cup taking place this month: “Congratulations to @EnglandRugby u20s on winning back to back World Cups!!!”

Former London Wasps England scrum-half Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) offers new hope to beleaguered football fans suffering through England’s efforts in Brazil: “England winning the World Cup is not impossible…….. If you’re an under 20 rugby player. Awesome boys!!!”

Former Saracens academy player Henry Fraser (@henryfraser0) sums up what most English rugby players are thinking: “Screw last nights football…@EnglandRugby are Junior World Champion…AGAIN!!!”

South African cricketer AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) is glad it’s all over: “Serious talent #BabyBoks !!! Keep pushing guys #JWC2014 … Proper fight by the English! #BabyBoks the better team but that means nothing in a Final. I’m too nervous to watch the 2nd half. #JWC2014 … Congrats England! Well fought and top tournament @handrepollard & the #BabyBoks I can finally now relax and enjoy my weekend! #weddingtime”

Leicester and England scrum-half Ben Youngs (@benyoungs09) believes the future looks good for the Red Rose: “Huge well done to the @EnglandRugby U20 for winning the IRB junior World Cup. Brilliant effort and great to see. England futures look good”

Harlequins and England full-back Mike Brown (@mikebrown_15) agrees: “Well done @EnglandRugby 20s!! Great game! Some serious players to watch out for in that group.”

England 7s international Chris Cracknell (@chriscracknell) was also impressed with what he saw: “Outstanding by @EnglandRugby u20s world champions again!! England take note, sports stars of the future.”

Harlequins and England winger Marland Yarde (@YardeM) praises the spirit to win a tough final: “Good hard fought win for the 20s! Awesome victory – exactly how a final should be won! #enjoythespoils #JWC2014 @EnglandRugby”

Bulls and Springboks number 8 Pierre Spies (@Pierrespies8) is proud of his compatriots despite the defeat: “Tough loss for #JuniorBoks but well done @handrepollard – proud of you guys!”

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