Ireland to play Wales in play-off

A dejected Ireland following defeat to the All Blacks
A dejected Ireland following defeat to the All Blacks

Ireland will face Wales in the knockout stages of the Junior Rugby World Cup after finishing as runners-up in Pool C in Italy.

Despite winning their opening matches against Argentina and Scotland, defeat to New Zealand in their final pool game means that Nigel Carolan’s team can no longer win the tournament.

Victory over Wales, next Monday in Viadana, would see them into a play-off for fifth place against either Australia or Scotland.

Wales comfortably beat Ireland 19-12 during their Six Nations meeting last March.

Ireland beat Argentina 18-16 before beating Scotland 24-20.

They were on the wrong side of a 25-3 score-line when they met the Baby Blacks.

The Irish squad includes Ealing-born Cian Romaine who was a replacement in the New Zealand match.


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