Malins pays tribute to England 'fight'

England Under 20 fly-half Max Malins says the squad deserve a huge amount of credit for the fight they have shown in adversity over the past three weeks in Georgia.

The squad lost five players to the senior squad in Argentina before the tournament began, following that a further five of the group have been ruled out of the Championship through injury.

However, they remain unbeaten in the tournament and will face New Zealand in Sunday’s final of the World Rugby U20 Championship.

England are looking to seal their fourth title in five years, and Malins is relishing the contest.

“We are all hugely excited,” said the Saracens back.

“To be one win away from being World Champions when you consider the challenges we have faced is a huge achievement for this group.  However, we don’t want to settle for just reaching the final and we are going to do all we can to win the trophy on Sunday.”

Fight and recovery

England have so far recorded bonus-point victories over Samoa and Wales, before beating Australia in their final pool game.

They left it late to beat South Africa in the semi-final and face New Zealand on Sunday, kick-off 3pm BST, live on ITV4. 

And Malins believes England have the character needed to overcome the Baby Blacks at the weekend.

“We’re glad that we’ve had some hard games in this tournament, it’s not been an easy ride but we know we can dig in and fight when needed to get over the line,” he said.

“The schedule is quite demanding on the body so throughout this tournament there has been massive focus on recovery. It has played a huge role in our success and we know that everyone who is in the squad will have a part to play.

“As a group we are very tight and that has showed when we have come out on the right side of a close contest.

“New Zealand are a very good team, they have had some impressive results in the competition, however we are hoping to pose a different challenge to the ones they have faced so far.”