England U20 flanker hails team’s performance

Date published: June 21 2016

England flanker George Nott hailed his team’s “awesome” performance as they made the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship.

Victory over South Africa on Monday at Manchester City Academy Stadium set up a final against Ireland on Saturday at Sale Sharks’ AJ Bell Stadium.

Nott was named man-of-the-match and paid tribute to his team-mates after the game.

“The team were awesome and I think we showed what we can do,” he told the RFU's website. 

“We are a really dangerous team in attack and solid in defence.”

Nott is now set to play an international final at the stadium where he plays his club rugby and he says home support in Manchester has helped push the side on.

“It’s an amazing feeling having the fans behind us,” he added.

“When we played against Australia it made such a difference, it was a really good feeling to be out there and see so many Sale shirts in the crowd, I really enjoyed it.”

England captain Harry Mallinder echoed Nott’s delight and praised their first-half performance which saw them score five tries but said an improvement was needed on the second 40 minutes.

“It’s a great feeling, we are delighted,” he said.

“We said at the start of this tournament we wanted to take one game at a time and we have done that so far. South Africa was a tough challenge, but to get over the line, we are really pleased.

“The first half we were chuffed with how we came out of the blocks, in the previous game against Australia we didn’t start that well so that was a big focal point for us. South Africa came back at us and I think we’ll need to have a better second half next week if we want to win this.”

Mallinder also says home support “have an important part to play on Saturday”, adding: “Having them cheer us on, here at the Manchester City Academy Stadium and also the AJ Bell, hearing them chant Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is great to hear and it is also great for our families to come and watch us and get behind us also.”