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Rugby shock: Baby Blacks miss out on World Cup semifinals

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NZ Herald,
Section
Rugby,
Publish Date
Thursday, 13 June 2019, 12:03PM
Billy Proctor of New Zealand U20 is tackled by during the game against South Africa U20. Photo /Getty
Billy Proctor of New Zealand U20 is tackled by during the game against South Africa U20. Photo /Getty

New Zealand have missed out on the semifinals at the Under-20 rugby championships for just the second time.

The Baby Blacks lost their final pool game to South Africa 25-17 in Argentina today which saw them finish second in the group.

Craig Philpott's side needed at least a bonus point to claim at least the fourth seed but were denied when South Africa kicked a late penalty to secure an eight-point win.

New Zealand are six-time winners of the tournament had the only other time they failed to make the semifinals was in 2016. England, finalists last year, also missed out on the semifinals despite a big win over Australia in their final pool game.

New Zealand will play Wales in the fifth-place semifinals.

Semifinals
Argentina v Australia
South Africa v France

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