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Crazy ending to France vs All Blacks match as TMO was involved in the final kick

The second round of the 2024 U20 World Cup has come to an end with many exciting matches and clear final results.

Wales and Argentina recorded comfortable victories over Spain and South Africa respectively to bounce back from first-round defeats, while England again came away with a comprehensive victory over Fiji.

Ireland pulled one back, scoring an 82nd-minute try to defeat an impressive Georgia and claim their second win of the tournament.

Italy have revived their season after a defeat to Ireland last week, raising further questions about the future of Australian rugby union.

Evan O'Connell in last week's game against Italy/Image credit: Getty Images

The highlight of the round, however, was the titanic battle between France and New Zealand.

France led from the fourth minute to the 80th minute after an early try from defender Xan Mousques put Les Blues ahead. From then on, the All Blacks juniors had to watch the game as France pulled away every time they looked likely to make a comeback.

The winning spirit is strong in New Zealand rugby and that was exactly what was on display yesterday. As time ran out, France conceded a penalty in their own half, giving Rico Simpson the chance to break the French hearts.

Now things got really interesting. The shooter struggled with the pressure of the situation, diverted his shot to the right and saw the ball eventually sail back towards the posts.

The problem was that none of the officials were entirely sure whether the ball had drifted upright into the right hand or not, so the TMO came in for the most intense 30 seconds of the game and reviewed the game-winning footage.

The kick-off was taken and gave the All Blacks a 26-27 victory over their French rivals.

The next round will take place on Tuesday 9 July and will be streamed exclusively on RugbyPassTV.