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Ireland upset NZ at under-20 rugby champs

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/06/2016

Ireland's Stephen Kerins during the Under 20's Rugby Union World Cup match at the City Academy Stadium, Manchester. © Reuters Ireland's Stephen Kerins during the Under 20's Rugby Union World Cup match at the City Academy Stadium, Manchester. New Zealand's defence of their junior world championship rugby title is hanging on a thread after they were beaten 33-24 by Ireland in Manchester.

The Kiwis ran in four tries to three, including a second-half brace to Malo Tuitama, but an inspired effort up front and accurate kicking from Johnny McPhillips and Bill Johnston sealed the win fore Ireland.

New Zealand, who thumped Georgia 55-0 in their first game, now need to win their final pool match against Wales in Salford on Wednesday to have any hope of making the semi-finals.

Ireland, who edged the Welsh 26-25 in their first game, will play Georgia in their final pool game.

Each of the three pool winners, plus the best second-placed team, advance to the semi-finals.

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