19 Jun, 06:50
A single point separated the sides as a hard-fought 5th-8th place play-off finished in France's favour at Stade Henri Desgrange on Tuesday night. Check out some photos from Ireland's fourth IRB Junior World Championsip match.
It's going to be a massive challenge for us as South Africa will be looking to put the Tri Nations behind them and concentrate on finishing the year in style.
The fact that we will be wearing a specially commissioned once-off green jersey - the Springboks have allowed us to play in green rather than white as the home team normally changes if there is a clash of colours - will just add to the occasion.
It's the start of a tough month of international fixtures and there will be no let-up in terms of the intensity and physicality of the challenges posed by the Springboks, Samoa, New Zealand and Argentina.
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