Sale Sharks players Cameron Redpath, Luke James, Connor Doherty and Nic Dolly are all in the England squad which will face Wales in the fifth-place final on Saturday at the World Rugby U20 Championship.
Having lost their opening fixture of the tournament to Ireland and despite victories over Italy and Australia in their pool, England were unable to advance to the top four of the Championship – leaving them to battle for fifth.
Steve Bates said: “In really difficult conditions for both sides we weathered an early storm and conceded a lot of ground in the first 30 minutes but fought back and scored a late try at the end of the first half and I thought we really stuck in there in that opening half.
“To come back and win the game right at the end is a big win against opponents who have beaten us twice and that’s hugely rewarding. I thought we defended really strongly, other than some discipline issues they never looked like scoring from open play and until the charge down we looked in control of the game and that was largely down to our defensive effort.
“We need to work on a few areas of our game but we look forward to playing Wales.
“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.”
Read the full match report from England 30-23 victory over Ireland here.