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Saints youngsters help England retain Junior World Championships title

One for the scrapbook - Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi at the heart of England's celebrations © Getty Images

Academy News Saints youngsters help England retain Junior World Championships title

Five players from Franklin's Gardens will be returning home from New Zealand with winners' medals this weekend.

England completed an unbeaten Junior World Championships campaign at Auckland's Eden Park with a nail-biting 21-20 win over South Africa.

The Baby Boks came into the final having beaten New Zealand twice in the pool stages and semi-finals, and with a reputation as being one of the biggest and most physical teams in the competition.

Indeed South Africa scored the first try and at one point had a 10-3 lead. But England fought back with a try either side of half-time to build up a 21-13 advantage of their own. And while the Baby Boks replied with a converted score 15 minutes from time the English defence held out superbly until the final whistle.

Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi and Howard Packman both started the final with Sam Olver among the replacements. Tom Stephenson and Jordan Onojaife also played in the campaign, helping England become only the second team to retain the Junior World Championship crown in its current guise.

Hobbs-Awoyemi and Stephenson also played in the successful 2013 campaign.

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