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So we meet again: Ireland will face Argentina in the World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final

Victory over New Zealand on Saturday helped Ireland make themselves second seeds while the reigning champions crashed out.

Max Deegan celebrates his try against New Zealand.
Max Deegan celebrates his try against New Zealand.
Image: Camerasport/Dave Howarth/INPHO

THE POOL STAGES of the World Rugby U20 Championship were completed in Manchester this evening with the results setting up a clash between Ireland and Argentina in Monday’s semi-final.

A hard-fought 35 – 7 win over Georgia helped Ireland become second seeds for the knockout stage of the tournament, a late Andrew Porter try giving the Wolfpups the points difference needed to push Argentina U20 into the third seed slot.

England made themselves top seeds with an assured second half showing against Australia gave the hosts a 17 – 13 win.

Reigning champions New Zealand had given themselves a chance of taking the best runner-up spot in the final four after a last-gasp Jordie Barrett penalty edged them to a an 18 – 17 win over Wales this afternoon. However, South Africa would send the Baby Blacks crashing out of the tournament before the semi-final stage for the first time with a thrilling bonus point win (40 – 31) over France in Pool C.

U20 Championship semi-finals, Monday 20 June

Ireland v Argentina (17.30)

England v South Africa (19.45)

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