Wasps in international action

A round up of all the international action this week involving Wasps players from around the world. 

England U20s World Championship campaign

Wasps Senior Academy players Tom Willis and Gabriel Oghre have helped England reach the World Rugby Under 20s Championship final. 

England U20s will play hosts France in the final on Sunday (KO 18:00 BST, live on ITV 4).

Steve Bates' side progressed through after they defeated the Junior Springboks 32-31 in Narbonne on Tuesday to reach their sixth-consecutive final. Willis and Oghre both came on as replacements in the semi final win against South Africa.

Willis has featured in all four of England U20s wins in the tournament, starting in two of them. Hooker Oghre has appeared as a replacement in the wins over Italy, Scotland and South Africa.  


Gabriel Oghre in action for Wasps in the Singha 7s

England led 22-7 at the break against the Junior Boks with tries from Tom Parton, Tom Hardwick, Ben White and seven points from the boot of Marcus Smith while South Africa responded with Sazi Sandi's converted score.

They sealed victory through Jordan Olowofela's converted try, although South Africa did score tries from Muller Uys, Ruan Nortje, Manuel Rass and Asenathi Ntlabakanye to narrow the deficit in a thrilling second half.

For England it will be an opportunity to add a fourth title after successes in 2013, 2014 and 2016 most recently in Manchester.

They will meet hosts France in Sunday’s finals day in Beziers after their victory over reigning champions New Zealand in Perpignan.

Steve Bates said: “It is a great achievement for these guys, they played some really good rugby in the first half but couldn’t quite get enough ball in the second which meant it ended up being a tight game.

“Jordan’s try in the second half proved to be decisive and now we have a tough game to prepare for on Sunday.

“The first half went as we planned, we played quickly and stretched them really well. We moved the ball well and also counter attacked well.

“From the forwards perspective that was a gruelling game, and this side’s spirit shone through in those final moments. Now we have to recover and prepare for Sunday’s final."


Tom Willis in action for Wasps in the Anglo-Welsh Cup 


England U20s

15. Tom Parton (London Irish), 14. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins), 13. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), 12. Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers), 11. Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers), 10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins), 9. Ben White (Leicester Tigers), 1. Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby), 2. Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby), 3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), 4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors), 6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), 7. Ben Curry - captain (Sale Sharks), 8. Josh Basham (London Irish).

Replacements

16. Gabriel Oghre (Wasps), 17. Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 18. Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints), 19. Tom Willis (Wasps Rugby), 20. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), 21. Rory Brand (London Irish), 22. James Grayson (Northampton Saints), 23. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors).

England U20 fixtures:

Pool B: England 39-18 Argentina

Pool B: England 43-5 Italy

Pool B: England 35-10 Scotland

Semi-final: England 32-31 South Africa

Final - England v France  Beziers, 17 June 


Elliot Daly scores for England against South Africa

South Africa v England Test Series

Wasps' Willie Le Roux helped inspire South Africa to a 42-39 win against England on Saturday. The full back scored one try and helped set up two tries in Johannesburg.

Wasps' Elliot Daly started the game at full back for England, scoring a penalty from over 60 metres out and a try in the loss.

New Wasps signing Brad Shields came off the bench to make his test debut for England and was joined in the second half by Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes, winning his 15th cap. 

Stay tuned to wasps.co.uk tomorrow to find out which Wasps will be involved in the teams for the second test between England and South Africa.