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Ireland To Face England Again In World Rugby U20 Championship Playoff

Noel McNamara’s Ireland charges will face England on Monday in the fifth-place playoff semi-final at the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championships after France secured the best runners-up spot.

Ireland were in contention for a semi-final berth following their bonus-point win over Italy on Wednesday, however, a heavy defeat on Saturday against Australia ultimately cost them in the end.

Hosts, Argentina, Australia and South Africa all progressed to the semi-finals with France eventually sealing their spot as best runners-up just a single point ahead of Ireland and New Zealand.

Ireland have already crossed paths in the tournament. McNamara’s side took on England last Saturday in the opening round of the pool stages. On that occasion, they came away with an extremely impressive bonus-point win over the Red Roses on a scoreline of 42-26. The win over England marked the second time that they have downed their rivals this season after defeating them in the opening round of this year’s Six Nations Championships.

They then faced Australia at the weekend in round two and despite having the Aussies on the ropes for much of the second half, playing with 14 players eventually took its toll on Ireland as they fell to a heavy defeat, 45-17.

The competition semi-finals will see hosts, Argentina taking on the Junior Wallabies while South Africa and France lock horns.

Ireland have struggled with injuries throughout the tournament and a squad update is expected later.

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