ENGLAND will face Wales in the fifth-place final on Saturday at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship after sealing a 30-23 victory over Ireland in Argentina.

Worcester Warriors forwards Ted Hill and Kai Owen were both sin-binned as Steve Bates’ side led 13-6 at the break against Ireland in Rosario.

Newcastle Falcons' Josh Hodge scored a first-half try for England and converted as well as adding two penalties.

A second-half try from Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Sam Maunder with Hodge's conversion and penalty increased England’s lead only for Ireland to level late on.

But in stoppage time Wasps replacement Tom Willis bundled over to seal a dramatic late victory with Hodge adding a third conversion.

England lost Hill temporarily early on for a dangerous tackle on halfway and prop Owen followed for a similar offence.

Bates said: “To come back and win the game right at the end is a big victory against opponents who have beaten us twice this season and that’s hugely rewarding.

"That final fixture against Wales, who have beaten us already this season, will focus the minds of the players again.

"After the disappointment of the first loss to Ireland in this competition we’ve shown true resilience and it is a testament to how much these boys want to play for each other.”

Wales defeated New Zealand in the other play-off semi-final to set up the showdown in Rosario on Saturday (2.30pm BST).