Scrum-half Ben White says England are looking forward to the challenge of facing France on their own turf in the World Rugby Under-20s Championship in Beziers on Sunday.
White is part of an England squad alongside Leicester Tigers colleagues Tom Hardwick, Joe Heyes, Sam Lewis and Jordan Olowofela that has won all four games in the tournament so far on the way to a sixth successive appearance in the final. Academy lead coach Anthony Allen and former Tigers forwards coach Richard Blaze are also among the England party.
“France have a big, passionate set of fans so we definitely look forward to the challenge,” said White who was among the scorers in the semi-final win over South Africa in midweek.
“Being in the Final is something you will always remember. Every time you pull the shirt on it is an unbelievable honour.”
England secured a 22-6 victory over France in Beziers during the Under-20s Six Nations in March and will be aiming for a repeat of that outcome this weekend.
“The atmosphere was immense the last time we played there,” said White. “It was a really tough, gritty game, the weather was tough too, but we played it really well, our tactics were on point, everybody stuck to it and we came out with a good result. Fingers crossed for the same result this time.
“The South Africans [in the semi-final] were always going to be a big and physical side. I think we blew them away in the first 20 minutes with our speed and accuracy. We knew they would come back into the game but we managed to ride it out pretty well and win the game. It’s unbelievable to get to the final.
“To be there is unbelievable but now it is about not just being happy to be there but to try to win.”
Keep an eye on the Tigers website for World Under-20s Championship team news ahead of Sunday's big games. As well as the Final featuring England versus France, we will also be monitoring the other play-offs featuring Tigers players Tommy Reffell (Wales) and Sam Grahamslaw (Scotland).