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It's an amazing feeling - Itoje

20th June 2014 14:32

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England U20 captain Maro Itoje insists his side were deserved winners over South Africa as they sealed back-to-back Junior World Championships.

Itoje and his team won the final 21-20 at Eden Park in Auckland in a result that backs up last year's success in France when they beat Wales.

"This has been a fantastic experience for us," the second-row said after the hard-fought victory.

"It's an amazing feeling; we have been working so hard. It's just joy, this has been a fantastic experience for us, our boys worked so hard and we got what we deserved.

"We believed that if we stayed to our principles and stayed to the plan we'd do well and we did, we won the World Cup.

"We have a fantastic squad and fantastic coaches; they're just awesome boys."

Meanwhile, fly-half Billy Burns was also delighted and hailed the 23-man effort.

"They're big physical guys and they really brought it to us," he said of South Africa.

"We felt at half time we were in a good place but we still needed to push on and to come out and to give that performance I give all credit to the boys.

"It's a full 23 effort and the boys off the bench made a big impact, to get over the finishing line is a real achievement and I'm really happy.

"That last 20 minutes was nail biting and to get through it is a massive achievement.

"All credit to the boys, we deserved that. We've worked hard all campaign it's been tough but to come through and win something at the end of it just shows how hard we've worked so it's real satisfying."

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