June 14,2014(ISN) – Anticipation is building just one day out from the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 semi-finals, with an appearance in the final at stake on June 20 at Eden Park.
Hosts New Zealand face South Africa for the second time in this year’s Under 20 competition, having lost to the Junior Boks in the pool stages.
Mike Ruddock’s Ireland have made it to the last four for the first time since the tournament began in 2008, and they will face defending champions England in the first semi-final in QBE Stadium in North Harbour.
Along with the fifth place semi-final between Australia and Samoa, the #JWC2014 semi-finals take place on Sunday, June 15 at QBE Stadium, with three of the other positional semi-finals taking place at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe.
Attendance to the matches are free for children and fans can find out more semi-final ticket information here.
IRB Junior World Championship 2014 Ambassador Jonah Lomu said: “We’re now in the business end of this year’s Junior World Championship and Sunday’s semi-finals are set to be cracking matches.”
“New Zealand have already played and lost to South Africa but I think they will have learned a lot from that experience. I think this one will be a thriller.”
“The Irish guys will go into their semi as underdogs but that will suit them, although England are reigning champions and will not want to give up their crown easily.”
“I urge all fans to get down and join us in North Harbour on Sunday, or make sure you tune in around the globe to watch the future stars of world Rugby.”
All #JWC2014 matches will be streamed live on IRB.com, however some regions will be geo-blocked due to rights agreements. Viewers should check with the broadcaster in their region for more details.