Norfolk pair hoping to guide England to World Under-20 final glory

England's Will Evans in action against Scotland during the World Rugby U20 Championships. Picture: D

England's Will Evans in action against Scotland during the World Rugby U20 Championships. Picture: David Davies/PA - Credit: PA

Two of Norfolk's brightest prospects will look to power England to world glory this evening.

Tom West starts on the bench in the World Under-20 final.

Tom West starts on the bench in the World Under-20 final. - Credit: Getty Images

Will Evans and Tom West have helped steer the Red Rose to the final of the World Under-20 Championship – and both will be at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford when the men in white lock horns against Ireland at 7pm – Evans starting with West on the bench.

Evans has started all but one of his side's four matches, scoring a debut try during a resounding 44-0 victory over Scotland in the group stages.

West, likewise, has made three appearances, but one came as a replacement in the 39-17 semi-final victory against South Africa.

'Hopefully I can play my part in helping the England team lift the trophy,' said West.


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The Red Rose lost last year's final to New Zealand but won the previous two tournaments. Their fourth final in the row was secured by beating Italy (48-10), Scotland, Australia (17-13) and South Africa. Ireland thumped Argentina 37-7 in their last-four match to reach their maiden final.

Evans says that record is more a source of pride than pressure. 'We came into the tournament knowing we have a strong squad, with quite a few players who had already played Aviva Premiership rugby, so we want to emulate those other teams,' he said.

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Leicester Tigers flanker Evans used to play for Wymondham while West, a loosehead prop, learned the ropes at Diss before eventually joining the Wasps Academy.

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