Sam Olver gets stuck in against the Italians © Getty Images
Academy News England Under-20 off to winning World Championship start
England’s defence of the Junior World Championship got off to an emphatic start in Pukekohe, the Saints pair of Sam Olver and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi starting as they cruised past Italy with a nine-try 63-3 win.
Fly half Olver was on fine form, contributing 16 points from the tee, while prop Hobbs-Awoyemi played an hour to kick off his second Junior World Championship in the early hours of Monday morning.
England, who will welcome Aviva Premiership winning centre Tom Stephenson to New Zealand this week, are in action again on Friday as the challenge rises a notch, Australia the opposition in Auckland.