Former Stamford RFC junior Sam Olver looks set to play in the Junior World Championship final after he came off the bench in England Under 20s’ five-try 42-15 victory against Ireland at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland yesterday (Sunday).
It is defending champion England’s third final in four years and they will now face South Africa, who defeated New Zealand earlier in the competition, at Eden Park on Friday, kick off 8.35am.
England reached the final in emphatic style with tries from Harry Sloan, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Howard Packman, Tom Woolstencroft and Gus Jones.
Gloucester’s Billy Burns started at fly-half ahead of former Oundle School pupil Olver, he added two penalties and four conversions, and Packman scored a drop goal for England.
Olver, who plays for Northampton Saints replaced Burns on 58 minutes.
He will now have an anxious wait to find out if he will start in the final.
His heroics in the quarter-final saw England beat a fearsome Argentina side, kicking the winning penalty in the 79th minute.
The competition has been a breading ground for future England internationals with England senior fly-halves George Ford and Owen Farrell excelling for the Under 20s before earning greater honours.
The match is being shown live on Sky Sports.