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Under-20 team's struggles a worry for New Zealand rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) An event of importance to the long-term future of New Zealand rugby occurred last weekend but was mostly overlooked by Kiwi fans whose focus was on ... rugby.

In a classic case of not seeing the wood for the trees, most New Zealand fans were too distracted by the dramatic end to Super Rugby's regular season to notice he New Zealand under-20 team lost a playoff for fifth place to Wales at the age-group World Cup, ensuring its worst finish in the tournament's history.

New Zealand will now play Ireland this weekend for seventh place.

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