Australia and New Zealand Reach IRB Junior World Championship Final
Defending champions New Zealand will play Australia in the IRB Junior World Championship 2010 final in Argentina on Monday, June 21 after they overcame South Africa and England in their respective semi finals.
A great solo try from Kimami Sitauti took Australia into their first ever Junior World Championship final with a 28-16 defeat of England at the Estadio El Coloso del Parque in Rosario on Thursday.
New Zealand's quest for a third successive title remains on track after they ran out 36-7 winners over South Africa in the second semi final, a victory which extends their unbeaten JWC winning run to 14 matches.
Hosts Argentina, meanwhile, are guaranteed their best ever JWC finish after edging Wales 9-8 in a dramatic kicking competition. The match had finished 19-19, with extra time proving fruitless, to provide the tournament with its first ever penalty kick decider.
Los Pumitas will now play France, who overcame Fiji 44-9, for fifth place on Monday at the Estadio CA Colon in Santa Fe.
Meanwhile in Parana, Ireland and Scotland know their places in the IRB Junior World Championship 2011 in Italy are safe after overcoming Samoa and Tonga respectively. Ireland, the Under 20 Six Nations champions, secured their first win of the tournament, 37-10 over Samoa in Parana. They will now face Scotland for ninth place, after they overcame Tonga for the second time in four days.
Tonga and Samoa will meet on Monday, knowing that the loser will be relegated to the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2011 with their place taken by Italy, the JWC 2011 hosts having won the Trophy last month in Moscow.
Relive both semi finals on demand via the official tournament website, www.irb.com/jwc.
The final round of matches will be played across all three venues on Monday, June 21 with the final and bronze final live and on demand at www.irb.com/jwc.
Andrea Wiggins, IRB Communications Manager, +353 86 040 3950, email: email@example.com