The Ireland Under-20s will face Wales in the 5th-8th place play-offs at the World Rugby U-20 Championship after losing their final pool game 25-3 to New Zealand yesterday evening.

Nigel Carolan’s youngsters finished their Pool C campaign as runners-up to the unbeaten Baby Blacks, their eight-point haul seeing them ranked sixth for the knockout stages where they will play Wales at the same Viadana venue next Monday night (kick-off 8.30pm local time/7.30pm Irish time).

Joey Carbery’s 16th-minute penalty gave Ireland a brief lead in tonight’s round 3 tie, however New Zealand responded strongly with a Tevita Li try and two Otere Black penalties for an 11-3 half-time lead.

Ireland lost captain Nick McCarthy to a shoulder injury before the break, and two quick-fire converted tries from winger Li (44 minutes) and flanker Blake Gibson (49) opened up a decisive 22-point gap.

The best Irish try-scoring opportunity saw hard-working flanker Josh Murphy held up over the line, while they did well to avoid leaking a fourth try to the ever-threatening Kiwis.

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