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WATCH: The moment Italy U20 made history by defeating the Baby Boks

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Thursday Jun 29, 2023

Italian Rugby has continued to show its growth. This time it was the country’s U20 side who stepped up.

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Facing the daunting task of taking on a much-heralded South African U20 side, the Italians pummelled their physical hosts.

Defeating the Baby Boks 34 – 26, Italy proved why so many are excited about the future of Italian Rugby over the coming decade.

Matching the physical challenge that the South African laid down, Italy were clinical throughout the contest as they rebounded from their heavy opening-round loss to Argentina.

The result comes just a week after South Africa struggled to put away Georgia and now has the hosts on the edge of missing out on qualification for the semi-finals.

Currently joint on five points with both Italy and Argentina, who today lost to Georgia. South Africa knows that a win over Argentina is a non-negotiable in round three.

For Italy, a bonus point win over Georgia could see them to a historic first-ever World Rugby U20 Championship.

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