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Tuesday 2nd June 16:30 GMT

 

Tuesday's Pool B opener at the Stadio XXV Aprile in Parma promises to be a hard fought contest between two sides who met each other barely a month ago in the inaugural Oceania U20 Championships. Australia won that meeting on the Gold Coast by 33-10, but both sides will be stronger for the three matches that they played in that competition, where Australia eventually finished second, with Samoa in third.

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In previous U20 World Cups, Australia Under 20s have managed to qualify for the semi-finals on three occasions. The last time being in 2011, when they tournament was also held in Italy, when they eventually finished in third position. Their only appearance in the final, came the year prior to that, when they were thrashed 17-62 by New Zealand.

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Samoa, have never finished higher than eighth in their six appearances in the tournament, which they managed at last year's competition, held in New Zealand. Unfortunately, for the Islanders, they are susceptible to the poaching of their best players by the Kiwis, and they will suffer again at this year's tournament due to the same reason. No.8 and skipper Henry Stowers, fullback Luteru Laulala and winger Nathanial Apa who all played for Samoa Under 20s at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship, are all in the Baby Blacks squad for the 2015 edition.


Tags: Stadio XXV Aprile, Australia Under 20s, Samoa Under 20s, IRB Junior World Championship
Posted: 2nd June 2015


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