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Tuesday 2nd June 18:30 GMT

 

There was a time when the World Rugby Under 20 Championship was merely a vehicle by which New Zealand Under 20s could demonstrate to the rest of the world, how superior their up and coming youngsters were to everyone else. On the first four occasions that the tournament was held, the Baby Blacks, they were seen holding the silverware aloft after the final match. However, South Africa's victory in the final of 2012 on home soil by 22-16, ended that enviable run of success, and was the last time that the Kiwi's appeared in the final itself.

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A fourth and third place finish has been their record since. The 2014 tournament in particular proved heart breaking for the Baby Blacks, as the tournament was held in their own country. Beaten into second place in their Pool by South Africa, they were then defeated by the same opponents in the semi-finals.

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Scotland have only ever finished in ninth or tenth position, but following a highly competitive 6-Nations campaign, when they finished in third position, their best ever finish, the Scotland Under 20s will be hoping for a best ever finish at the World Cup. With over half of their squad being eligible next season, the tournament might be coming a year too soon for the Scots to make a realistic challenge for honours, but anyone taking them lightly will do so at their peril.

Posted: 10th June 2014

 

It will be a major surprise IRB Under 20s World Championship if New Zealand Under 20s do not post a comprehensive victory on Tuesday in Growers Stadium Pukekohe against their opponents from Scotland. The Scotland Under 20s arrived in New Zealand as this season's 6-nations wooden spooners, and their results since arriving have not improved. They suffered a thumping defeat to the South African youngsters in their opening fixture, and then lost 18-27 to Samoa in round 2, and are along with Fiji from Pool B, the only nation yet to register a point.

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The Baby Blacks who as ever carried the hopes and expectations of a nation into the tournament, started in style with a good win against the physical Samoans, but came unstuck in round 2 against South Africa, slipping to a 24-33 defeat. That loss, in which they failed to register a bonus point, could condemn them to a place in the ranking competition that follows the Pool matches, rather than a place in the semi-finals and a tilt at the title.

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Although the Kiwis will expect a comfortable victory against the Scots, five points may not be enough to make it to the last four, as an Irish bonus point victory in Pool B against the hapless Fijians, will ensure that New Zealand can not secure enough points to qualify.


Tags: World Rugby Under 20 Championship, New Zealand Under 20s, Scotland Under 20s, IRB Under 20s World Championship, Growers Stadium
Posted: 2nd June 2015


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