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Saturday 20th June 14:30 GMT

 

Hosts Italy play their final match of the 2015 Junior World Cup on Saturday against Samoa Under 20s at the Stadio Giovanni Zini, Cremona. The match couldn't be of greater importance to both sides, as the result will determine which of the two competing teams will be relegated, and miss next year's tournament in England.

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Samoa were least relegated in 2010, when the competition was held in Argentina. Being replaced the following year, ironically enough by Italy Under 20s, who had suffered the ignominy of relegation the previous year in Japan.  The Italians were relegated for the second time in 2012, but once more bounced back at the first time of asking.

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The two sides have already met in this year's tournament, having been drawn together in Pool B. Both countries lost their opening two fixtures to South Africa and Australia, without recording a single point. The Pool match ended in victory for the Pacific Islanders by 30-24, although the Italians outscored their opponents by 4-3 tries. In the play-off semi-finals, there was no surprise in the Italians being beaten by Argentina, who had pushed the All Blacks so close. But Samoa were bitterly disappointed to slip to a 12-29 defeat to the winless Japanese.


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Posted: 20th June 2015


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