Holders England proved too good for Ireland as they recorded a comfortable 42-15 win in the U20 Junior World Championship semi-final in New Zealand this morning.

England had beaten Ireland 33-9 in the Six Nations but hopes were high that the Irish could reverse that form and seal their first ever JWC final spot.

Mike Ruddock's side were rocked by an early try from Harry Sloan at the North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, however, and were 13-0 behind before Ross Byrne's sixth-minute penalty got Ireland on the board.

Further tries from  Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Howard Packman and Tom Woolstencroft gave England a massive half-time advantage of 34-3 however.

Byrne's clever kick through set up Garry Ringrose for Ireland's first try after the break but England quickly hit back with their fifth touchdown, Gus Jones from a rolling maul, to crush any faint hopes of a comeback.

Conor McKeon and Harrison Brewer combined to set up Alex Wootten for a well-worked try as Ireland finished well, but they can have few complaints after being outclassed by superior opposition.

England will play South Africa in the final after hooker Corniel Els' late try sealed a thrilling 32-25 victory for the 'Baby Boks' over hosts New Zealand.

Ireland face New Zealand in the third-place play off on Friday (6.05am Irish time) with the final following at 8.35.