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Canada faces Italy in Junior World Rugby Trophy final

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The Canadian Press
6/8/2013 11:29:44 AM
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TEMUCO, Chile -- Canada looks to regain its spot alongside the big boys of world under-20 rugby when it takes on Italy in Sunday's final of the IRB Junior World Trophy.

The winner of the eight-team second-tier tournament earns promotion to the elite 12-team IRB Junior World Championship.

Canada finished sixth at the Junior World Trophy in 2012, fourth in 2011 and fifth in 2010.

Italy was relegated from the top-tier tournament after losing 19-17 to Fiji in a match for 12th place last year.

Both Canada and Italy come into Sunday's final with perfect 3-0 records. The Italians have kept the scoreboard ticking, putting up 33 against Namibia, 50 against Chile and 59 against Portugal.

Canada, coached by Mike Shelley, defeated Tonga 24-6, Japan 39-15 and Uruguay 36-15.

Winning promotion to the IRB Junior World Championship has been painful so far for the United States. Last year's winner of the second-tier competition, they were thumped 97-0 by defending champion South Africa in their return to the top level.

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