Thursday 22 February 2018

Ireland U20 suffer heavy defeat to New Zealand at World Championships

3 February 2017; Jack Kelly of Ireland during the RBS U20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, Scotland. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
3 February 2017; Jack Kelly of Ireland during the RBS U20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, Scotland. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland suffered a heavy 69-3 defeat in their final pool game at the U20 World Championships against a rampant New Zealand side this afternoon.

The Baby Blacks ran in 11 tries in Kutaisi, Georgia, to leave Ireland with three defeats from three in what has been a disastrous campaign.

Earlier losses to Italy and Scotland, teams that Peter Malone's side beat during the 2017 U20 Six Nations, had already left Ireland unable to qualify for the semi-finals.

At last year's tournament, Ireland defeated New Zealand for the first time at U20 level and played in the World Championship final.

Ireland took a 3-0 lead through a Conor Fitzgerald penalty but didn't score for the remainder of the game today as tournament favourites New Zealand showed their class.

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