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Friday 20th June 07:35 GMT


It may be something of a surprise to realize that when the U20 teams of England and South Africa run out onto the Eden Park pitch in Auckland for the final of the IRB Under 20s World Championship, it will be only the second time that the Baby Boks have appeared in the final.

Their previous final was in 2012 and resulted in victory against the greatest rivals New Zealand.

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England Under 20s, the defending Champions, on the other hand, will be appearing in their fifth final. Though 2013 was their only success, when they defeated Wales to become the first Northern Hemisphere side to win the title.

The two protagonists in the final both won thrilling semi-finals earlier in the week.

England produced a whirlwind of a performance, the pace and width that they put on the game, proving far too difficult for the Irish youngsters to handle, and they duly ran out winners by 42-15. 

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While South Africa Under 20s, who had beaten the hosts from New Zealand in a Pool fixture, had to face the Baby Blacks once more. In probably the most enthralling game of the tournament, the visitors squeezed home with a try two minutes from time, to win 32-25 and break Kiwi hearts.

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Posted: 20th June 2014

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