WALES will play ENGLAND in the first-ever northern hemisphere JWC final on Sunday!

  • WALES defeat SOUTH AFRICA 18-17
  • ENGLAND beat NEW ZEALAND 33-21
  • Other scores on semi-final day at JWC...
  • 5th place play offs: Argentina 22-15 Australia & Ireland 8-9 France
  • 9th place semi-finals: Samoa 19-18 Fiji & Scotland 39-3 USA
  • Tell us what you think on Twitter using @irbjuniors

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England fly half Henry Slade: “We’ve been working toward this all year really. To put in a performance to be the first England Under 20 team to beat the Baby All Blacks was a phenomenal effort from the lads. To take nothing away from New Zealand, they threw everything at us and they’re a quality side but we just managed to hold on in the end.

“We got off to a good start. We established a sizeable lead after the first half. We managed to hold onto that in the second half, but they made us work hard for it. With a New Zealand side you always know they’re going to come back at you and that’s exactly what they did. They’re an awesome side and to beat the All Blacks shows how far we’ve come this year. Obviously, last year was a disappointment coming seventh and this year we hope to put it right in the final.


England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie: “It’s unbelievable – having not done well last year, we spoke to the new boys coming up and said we’ve really got to go for it this year. To beat New Zealand on its own is amazing. Never come up against them, I thought they may have sneaked it at the end. But, to get into a final of a JWC in my last year is amazing.

“Wales will be a lot more up for it – we’ve seen a few of their JWC games and they’re even better than when we last played and it was a close game. We need to play even better, get our rest and bring the best game we can play. It’s awesome, knowing two teams from the Six Nations are two of the best teams of JWC 2013.”


Many thanks for joining us on an historic day of IRB Junior World Championship action, with two northern hemisphere teams winning through to the final for the first time.

And don't forget to come back on Sunday for the #JWC2013 final between Wales and England, kick off 17:45 UK time.

Before that, watch last year's finalists, South Africa and New Zealand, battle it out for third place.

And we will bring you the latest from all the other matches, including the 11th place play-off between USA and Fiji to see who is relegated to next year's IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.


Thanks for all your reaction on Twitter #JWC2013. Keep them coming and we will do our best to post them here!


ENGLANDwill meetWALESin the #JWC2013 final after beatingNEW ZEALAND33-21 after a final penalty from Slade. Two incredible semi finals. Have you enjoyed them? We will have a new name on the JWC trophy!


New Zealand had the ball, but give the ball away with the try-line in sight! England kick clear and that uses up another minute....just over two to go!


England score the match-winning try according to the commentators...can New Zealand come back from this as they trail 30-21?


England are on the NZ line which brings in the TMO. Cowan-Dickie tries to dive over the line! Big decision! 


We agree Hettie, all matches today have been so tense! What has been your favourite? Let us know @irbjuniors


Jade te Rure kicks New Zealand within two points with a penalty. 8 minutes left, England lead 23-21. Where is this going?


France get a win against Ireland 9-8 and Scotland ensure they will be at JWC2014 in new Zealand by beating USA 39-3.


TRY NZ! Jason Emery goes over in the corner after 15 phases of play. NZ have the momentum now . NZ 18-23 ENG


It's a penalty against France! 40 metres out, Ireland are kicking it. Scannell misses! Still FRA 9-8 IRE with seconds left

Ireland v France
French Mathieu Babillot looks to go through the Irish defence in their clash in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet.

Argentina coach Rodolfo Ambrosio: "This will give us confidence for our final match. It is good to beat Australia, they are a powerful rugby country."

Scotland v USA
Classic diving scrum half pass by the USA in their JWC clash against Scotalnd in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton
Ireland v France
Ireland number 9 Luke McGrath clears the ball against France in their JWC 2013 in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet

RECAP: It's IRE 9-8 FRA, SCO 27-3 USA, ENG 20-8 NZ


It's Ireland 8-9 France


Penalty Ireland! Rory Scannell steps up and puts it over for Ireland to close the gap to just one point now with 13 minutes remaining


TRY SCOTLAND! It's Bennett again with the try. He has had a great game and really shown why he should be chosen as captain for this game. SCO 27-3 USA


Australia captain Curtis Browning: "It is hard to put your thing on any one thing in a game like that, it was 80 minutes and there were a lot of mistakes from us. Can't fault the effort of the boys once again but we will work forward and hopefully finish the tournament on a good note."


TRY England! Anthony Watson intercepts a pass out wide as NZ try to force their way through. Watson cannot be caught and makes it England 20-5 NZ. 


RECAP: ENG 13-5 NZ (37 mins), SCO 20-3 USA, FRA 9-5 IRE


Ireland 5-9 France - Baptiste Serin slots his fourth penalty of the game and makes it 9-5. Ireland winning the collisions though. If only they can unleash their backs they might be able to break the French defence. 


ENG v NZ: It's still 13-5 to England. NZ cannot break through the English defence. Going left to right, but the English defence is solid and organised.


PENALTY USA! And they get it. That's 6 points in the tournament for the USA, but that amount does not warrant how well they have been playing. Real strong effort. Dylan Audsley with the penalty. Scotland 20-3 USA


TRY Scotland! It's the captain Mark Bennett. Ball is shipped out the back of a ruck and goes along the line to Bennett who muscles his way over. Scotland 20-0 USA


RECAP: It's Scotland 13-0 USA, France 6-5 Ireland and England 13-5 All Blacks

Semi-final: South Africa v Wales
Wales' Nicky Thomas celebrates their dramatic comeback which booked their place in a first IRB Junior World Championship final. Photo: Martin Seras Lima.

TRY England! It's a well-worked piece of play as Jack Clifford shrugs off Ardie Savea and runs 30 metres nefore offloading to Matt Hankin on his shoulder. England 13-5 NZ


Scotland 13-0 USA. Scott Steele with the only try of the half. USA looking far improved after England match. 


Penalty France! FRA 6-5 IRE after Baptiste Serin slots a penalty. Ireland coming in at the side. 

Samoa v Fiji
The Samoans clinch the victory in the last minute with this try over their neighbours in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton
South Africa v Wales
South Africa winger Senatla looks for space to counter attack against Wales in the JWC 2013 semi-final in Nantes. Photo: Michel Renac

TRY Ireland! It's Ryan Murphy with the score. Rory Scannell misses the conversion. Ireland have the momentum here in Roche Sur Yon. FRA 3-5 IRE


South Africa coach Dawie Theron: "We had our opportunities in the game - I think there was at least two tries that we could have scored. I think maybe the guys were a little bit anxious in the moment. And, I must lift my hat to the Welsh. They really stuck to their kicking game - they had a very, very well prepared kicking game. They kept us in the corners, we couldn’t get out of our half. In the end, the bounce of the ball made the difference."


IRE v FRA: Peter Dooley is on a stretcher and going off the pitch. Hoping he is ok. Will let you know more when we do. Still FRA 3-0 IRE


ENG v NZ: Here comes the Haka.........


ENG v NZ: Teams are now running out onto the pitch. What are your predictions? Who will end up in the final against Wales? Let us know on Twitter using @irbjuniors


SO FAR: France lead Ireland 3-0 and Scotland lead USA 6-0

Samoa v Fiji
Fiji scrumhalf scores a try against the Samoa in their Jwc 2013 clash in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton

IRE v FRA: It's still 3-0 to France after that early penalty. Who do you think will win? Let us know on Twitter using @irbjuniors

Argentina v Australia
Argentine flyhalf Patricio Fernandez against Australia in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet

Scotland 6-0 USA: Mark Bennett slots another over after early pressure from Scotland



SCO 3-0 USA Mark Bennett with the penalty


Wales fly half and match-winner Sam Davies: "It was getting hard towards the end of the game and we were running out of options. Their 15 came into the line to make the tackle, there is no one behind and I have seen the space, dropped it into the corner for our winger who has seen that space, to finish it off.

"I have missed more than I have kicked in my time so it is nice to get that one over to seal that victory. We are over the moon, we have made history in our country, and we move on to the final and look for another big win there. It is huge, we had a lot of talk about making history, getting to that semi, and then progressing on as we have done today. No other Welsh team at U20 level has done that and we are really proud of ourselves."


FRA 3-0 Ireland: Baptiste Serin with the penalty. 


Ellis Jenkins, Wales captain: "Unbelievable, it is a bit surreal at the moment. That was tense. We knew it would take something special to break the defence and Sam has dropped that kick on the money for Ash to go over in the corner and then stepped up, nerves of steel and slotted it from the touchline. But I thought our front row were outstanding, and our front five. Absolutely outstanding.

"Everything hurts, but we played a very good game of rugby. We had our chances and we knew if we stuck to our game plan we would score tries and we did, just in the nick of time. All the talk before the game was about their back three, but I think our back three has been outstanding. It is just a really good feeling when it comes together like that."

Argentina v Australia
Argentine ball carrier looks for a gap in the Australian defense during their JWC 2013 clash in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet

What a conversion! Wales win and are through to their first ever final! WALES 18-17 SOUTH AFRICA!


TRY Wales! It's Ashley Evans on the end of a kick from Sam Davies and Wales are withing a point! WAL 16-17 SA!


There are 5 minutes left between Wales and South Africa. It's SA 17-11 Wales. Handre Pollard puts over 2 penalties to pile the pressure on Wales.


Samoa perform their Haka for the crowd and get a huge applause. Samoa will face the winners of Scotland v USA which is coming up at 2015 (French time)

Argentina v Australia
Australia prop Silatolu Latu scores the first try of the match against Argentina in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet
Samoa v Fiji
AJ Alatimu kicking at goal in the first half of the clash against Fiji in Nantes. Photo: Steven LebretonPhoto: Steven Lebreton

SAM 19-18 Fji: Two very late tries give Samoa the win in Nantes. The crowd is going wild after a late surge. Incredible finish to the game.


That's it. Argentina take the win 22-15 after two tries from Patricio Fernandez. A yellow card for Australia's Jack Dempsey was key in that game. What did you think? 


WAL v SA: Under 20 minutes to go and Sam Davies missed the penalty. It's still SA 14-11 Wales. Close game here!


RECAP: Wales 11-14 South Africa, Fiji 18-9 Samoa, Argentina 22-15 Australia

South Africa v Wales
Wales flyhalf Sam Davies lands another penalty in the first half of the JWC 2013 against South Africa in Vannes. Photo: Michel Renac
South Africa v Wales
Wales winger Hallam Amos is about to challenge South African full back Cheslin Kolbe in the JWC 2013 semi-final in Vannes. Photo: Michel Renac

SAM 9-18 FJI: It's a penalty from Fiji


TRY WALES! What a try that is. Wonderful offload from Jordan Williams, who flicks the ball out of the back of his hand to Ellis Jenkins who goes over. WAL 11-7 SA


TRY Argentina! It's Patricio Fernandez with his second try of the match. The conversion is missed though, so it's ARG 22-15 Australia. Who do you think will win? Let us know on Twitter using @irbjuniors


SAM v FJI: Fiji slot a penalty to make it Fiji 15-9 Samoa


WAL v SA: Luther Obi looks in fine fettle as he sprint down the right wing, but Sam Davies covers across and puts him into touch. 


TRY Fiji!  It's Timilai Rokoduru for Fiji who goes over in the corner. Nice try. Conversion is missed. Fiji 12-9 Samoa


That's half-time in Vannes. South Africa 7-6 Wales. Sam Davies has 2 penalties for Wales but that late Irne Herbst try really hurt them late on. But still only one point separates them. Tough game so far.


Recap: SAM 9-7 FIJI, ARG 17-10 AUS, SA 7-6 WAL


AUS v ARG: Jack Dempsey is back on for Australia after his sin-bin. Still Argentina 10-7 Australia. Can he make the difference? Let us know on Twitter using @irbjuniors


We are under way again with SAM v FIJ and ARG v AUS


WAL 6-0 RSA: Another penalty from Sam Davies makes it 6-0. Wales really looking strong against the reigning world champions. Can they go all the way? 


SAM 9-7 FIJI: It's not been a classic encounter so far but still a very tight game in the 9th place semi-final


AUS 7-10 ARG: That try from Patricio Fernandez was crucial for Argentina who just lead Australia now


WAL 3-0 SA. It's that man Sam Davies, slotting the penalty for Wales to get the first points on the board. He has been on fire so far this tournament and does not look like stopping!


TRY Argentina! It's Patricio Fernandez with the try and the conversion. Great individual play there. Argentina 10-7 Australia 


AUS v ARG: Yellow card for Australia's Jack Dempsey. That is going to cost them against the Argentina attack. Still AUS 7-3 ARG


WAL v SA: It's still 0-0 here in Vannes where Wales are using their rush defence to put SA under pressure. Dangerous if SA can put a kick over the top. What do you reckon? Use @irbjuniors on Twitter to let us know!


SO FAR: It's Wal 0-0 SA, AUS 7-3 ARG and SAM 3-0 FIJ


AUS 7-3 ARG: It's Patricio Fernandez with a penalty for Argentina. 


SAM v FIJ: Samoa slot a penalty thanks to AJ alatima. SAM 3-0 FIJ


WAL v SA: The game has just kicked off here in Vannes. 


AUS V ARG: TRY Australia! It's Silatolu Latu with the points to put AUS ahead. Luke Burton converts. AUS 7-0 ARG


SAM v FIJ: Samoa are on the charge here, putting Fiji under pressure. Fiji just about clear their lines. Samoans look up for it. 0-0


ENG v SA: Teams are now coming out on to the pitch. Atmosphere is electric in Vannes. Stadiums filling up nicely


SAM v FIJ: Samoa now miss a penalty, physical match-up so far as we expected. 0-0


AUS v ARG: Australia miss an early penalty, their first chance to get in front. Still 0-0



We are getting ready for WAL v SA in Vannes. Teams just being read out. Who will win? Get involved on Twitter using @irbjuniors


FIJ v SAM: Emori Waqa misses an early penalty, still 0-0


It's 5 minutes until the start of Samoa v Fiji & Argentina v Australia. Get involved in the conversation using Twitter, @irbjuniors


Just to let you know, this is the action coming up: WAL v SA (Vannes, 1815), SAM v FIJ (NANTES, 1800) and ARG v AUS (Roche sur Yon)


South Africa coach Dawie Theron, ahead of the Wales semi-final: "It is a semi-final, I think we are very focused and the guys know it is a big job at hand, so they are really eager to get out there and we hope for a good match."


If you have just joined us, welcome to the pre-match build-up to today's semi-finals! We have plenty of great action for you, including Wales v SA in about an hour's time. You can get involved in the conversation on Twitter, using @irbjuniors

Samoa coach Viliamu Punivalu, ahead of his side's match with Fiji: "I think every game you have to be confident otherwise you shouldn’t be here. It is going to be difficult today with Fiji. It is going to be physical."

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