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The second round of the U-20 Tournament in Italy resulted in all favorites winning, and, surprisingly, the six teams that are 2-0 will meet each other in the final round on Wednesday, June 10th. On that day, England play France in Pool A, Australia play South Africa in Pool B, and New Zealand play Ireland in Pool C.
New Zealand won a thrilling contest against Argentine 32-29, while, in the other close match, Ireland narrowly defeated Scotland 24-20.
New in the reporting were new nicknames for some of these U-20 teams. Argentina became Los Pumistas (Little Pumas), Italy became Azzurini (Little Blues), and, oddly, New Zealand became the Baby Blacks. (Fortunately, no one decided to take England’s Red Roses and make them Red Buds.)
The 0-2, losers’ bracket will see Wales against Japan, Samoa versus Italy, and Argentina take on Scotland. The team that finishes 12th and last will be dropped for the next U-20 Championship to be replaced by Georgia, which won a May U-20 qualifier. (N.B. The USA did not qualify for this secondary tournament.)
To view the “Best Five Tries” link here: https://youtu.be/V5BmX6qqA3g.