Occold’s Will Owen has said England will be fired up to ‘right some wrongs’ and make the most of their lifeline when they face South Africa in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship semi-final on Monday (7.30pm).
The former Diss Rugby Club youth star could not prevent his country losing their last group game 30-18 to France in Viadana, Italy on Wednesday evening, leaving them facing a nervous wait before learning they had made the last four as the best runner-up on points difference.
Speaking to the Express from Italy, the former Framlingham College pupil, who now plays for Leicester Tigers, said: “Credit to the French, they played well and capitalised on our errors. We feel like we have be given a lifeline by securing fourth place and cannot wait to try and right our wrongs against the Junior Boks.
“We understand it will be a massive challenge as they are a good side and very physical.
“We will just be focusing on our game as we believe if we fire on all cylinders, we can compete with any team in the world and have a good shot at winning the title.”
Wednesday’s disappointment had followed the jubilation of beating Wales 30-16 on Saturday to make it two wins from two.
The final is scheduled to be played next Saturday.
n Diss Rugby Club will begin their London Two North East 2015/16 season with successive away games, at relegated Ipswich on September 19 and Campion seven days later before hosting Saffron Walden on October 3.