Owen denied world title glory

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Occold’s Will Owen narrowly missed out on World Rugby U20 Championship glory after title holders England suffered a 21-16 final defeat to New Zeland.

Despite a strong start and an early score by centre Max Clark at the Cremona Stadium in Italy, England found themselves 11-10 down at half-time as missed penalties proved costly.

England came out fighting after the interval but failed to gain control as the opposition held firm to clinch the crown and deny former Diss youth Owen a memorable double after the Leicester Tigers’ flanker had helped the nation to U20 Six Nations success.