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Friday, June 08, 2018

Semi Finalists confirmed after thrilling round at U20 World Championship

An enthralling climax to the pool stages of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018 on Wednesday resulted in a semi-final line-up which sees England face South Africa in Narbonne and hosts France take on New Zealand in Perpignan, in a repeat of the 2017 semi-finals.

There were a host of scintillating tries as the outstandingly high quality of this Championship continued on match-day three, which also marked World Rugby's Keep Rugby Clean day at the tournament.  

France produced a stirring performance in front of a sell-out crowd of 9,000 in Narbonne to record their third straight victory, overcoming South Africa 46-29.

Defending champions New Zealand secured their semi-final place as Pool A winners and continued their winning run with a hard-fought 27-18 victory over rivals Australia before a vocal crowd of more than 10,000 in Perpignan.

England maintained their perfect record with a comprehensive 35-10 victory over Scotland in Beziers to qualify for the semi-finals as the top ranked team.

Italy missed out on a first semi-final despite a fine 30-26 win over Argentina. Elsewhere Georgia claimed the biggest scalp of their history with a 24-20 defeat of Ireland, but will still have to fight for their survival after finishing in the bottom four ranked teams.

Earlier in the day Wales narrowly beat a resilient Japan 18-17 in Perpignan. The result means Japan will face Georgia, while Ireland take on Scotland in the other ninth place semi-final. The losers of these matches will face a relegation play-off in Beziers on 17 June.

NEXT ROUND FIXTURES (12 June):

SEMI FINALS:

England U20 vs South Africa U20
19:00 Stade d'Honneur du Parc des sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne

New Zealand U20 vs France U20

21:00 Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan

5th Place semi final 1
Wales U20 vs Argentina U20
14:00 Stade d'Honneur du Parc des sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne

9th Place semi final 1
Ireland U20 vs Scotland U20
16:00 Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan

5th Place semi final 2
Italy U20 vs Australia U20
16:30 Stade d'Honneur du Parc des sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne

9th Place semi final 2
Georgia U20 vs Japan U20
18:30 Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan

Georgia vs Ireland

France vs South Africa

New Zealand vs Australia

England vs Scotland

Italy vs Argentina

Wales vs Japan

credit: world rugby

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