New Zealand has failed to make the semi-finals of the Under-20 World Rugby Championship in Argentina.

The New Zealanders were beaten 25-17 by South Africa in their final group game.

Fergus Burke of New Zealand is tackled by James Mollentze of South Africa during the World Rugby U20 Championship match.


South Africa led 19-3 at half time with both sides scoring two tries.

The South Africans finished top of the group with New Zealand second.

New Zealand were unable to pick up a bonus point in today’s loss which would have qualified them as the best second placed team from the three groups.

New Zealand finished fourth last year.

In the semi-finals South Africa play France and Australia play Argentina.

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