Max Deegan named the Under-20 World Championship's Player of the Tournament

The number eight helped Ireland to the final

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Ireland's Max Deegan has been named as the player of the tournament at the Under-20 World Championships in England. 

The Blackrock number-eight was part of an Ireland side that lost the final to England 45-21 on Saturday evening. Deegan scored his third try of the tournament, in the final moments of the 24-point defeat.

One of five players to be nominated for the honour, Deegan won the award through a public vote on World Rugby's Facebook page.  

The 2016 tournament is Ireland's best performance in the history of the competition. On only one previous occasion, Ireland had reached the semi-final stage, and eventually came fourth in 2014.