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Baby Blacks

New Zealand and England will meet in the U-20 finals this Saturday, June 20th in Italy, the tournament host.  Both squads advanced with semi-final victories. The Baby Blacks defeated France 45-7, while England were eight points better than the Junior Springboks 28-20.

It will be the fourth final in eight total that New Zealand and England have met for the championship. These teams total six of the seven titles with only South Africa emerging victorious in 2012.

The dominance of these three nations can be seen in the historical record of this seven-time event:

Team               First    Second     Third    Fourth

New Zealand    4          1                      1          1

England            2          3                      0          1

South Africa     1          1                      4          0

France and South Africa will battle for third and fourth. Wales against Australia for 5th and 6th. Ireland meets Scotland for 7th and 8th. Japan and Argentina for 9th and 10th. Samoa and Italy contend for the 11th and 12th spot, the loser to be relegated into the next qualifying tournament. Georgia will replace the last place team in the 2016 U-20 event.