U20 Championship semi-finals: South Africa v England New Zealand v France

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South Africa will face England and New Zealand play France in the semi-finals of this year’s World Rugby U20 Championship on 15 June.

England will count themselves fortunate to be in the last four after they were beaten 30-18 by France in Pool A, but qualified after both Ireland and Australia failed to pick up a bonus point in their matches, and so a replay of the 2014 U20 Championship final is in store on Monday in Calvisano.

South Africa qualified as top seeds following their comprehensive 46-13 win over Australia, while New Zealand claimed victory over Ireland, 25-3, to take second seed in the placings.

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In the battle for tournament seedings on the next match day, Australia will play Scotland, Ireland face Wales and Samoa will play Japan in Viadana. In Calvisano, hosts Italy will play Argentina ahead of the semi-finals.

READ: ALL THE ACTION FROM DAY THREE IN ITALY >>

Match day three at the U20 Championship marked Keep Rugby Clean day at the tournament, and teams warmed up wearing #KeepRugbyClean t-shirts ahead of their matches. Throughout the competition, all twelve squads took part in outreach sessions with anti-doping experts, with the focus on educating the future stars of world rugby about the perils of doping.

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