England lost the 2017 final to New Zealand

England have beaten South Africa 32-31 to reach their sixth consecutive World Rugby Under-20 Championship final.

They led 22-7 at half-time after tries from Tom Parton, Tom Hardwick, Ben White.

Marcus Smith added a penalty and Jordan Olowofela ran in a try from halfway as England led 32-19, before South Africa fought back to ensure a tense finish.

Three-time winners England, runners-up in 2017, will face hosts France in Sunday’s final in Beziers.

The French beat reigning champions New Zealand 16-7 in Tuesday’s other semi-final.

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