2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship

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2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship
2007 U19 Rugby World Championship logo.png
Tournament details
Host nation  Ireland
Dates 2007-04-04 – 2007-04-21
No. of nations 24
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  New Zealand
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  South Africa
Tournament statistics
Matches played 60
Top scorer(s) Leigh Halfpenny  Wales
Australia narrowly defeat Wales for third place

The International Rugby Board (IRB) awarded the 2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Ulster branch hosted it. The Tournament, which took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 4–21 April, was split into two divisions of twelve teams. Division A games took place in Belfast at Belfast Harlequins' Deramore Park, Ulster Rugby's Ravenhill Stadium, and Cooke RFC/Instonians' Shaw's Bridge complex. Division B games were held in Queen's University of Belfast's The Dub complex and Malone RFC's Gibson Park in Belfast, and Bangor RFC's Upritchard Park in Bangor.

Defending champion and top seed Australia began its title defence against Ireland on 5 April as part of a Round One double-header at Ravenhill that also included number three seed New Zealand against France.

The seedings of all teams in Division A and the top six teams in Division B were based on the final standings at the 2006 Tournament. Seeds 7 – 12 inclusive in Division B represented teams who had qualified for 2007 via regional tournaments and their seeding was drawn randomly. All 24 participating teams were confirmed on January 2007.

This was the final Under 19 World Championship. The IRB decided to fold its under-19 and under-21 world championships into a two-tiered under-20 tournament structure starting in 2008. The top tier, the IRB Junior World Championship, will feature 16 teams, while eight teams will compete in the second-tier IRB Junior World Trophy.

Qualification[edit]

The following 24 teams, shown by region, qualified for the 2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship .

Match officials[edit]

The New Zealand vs South Africa 2007 Under 19 Rugby final at Ravenhill
Host nation Ireland beats Scotland 34-0 in the playoff for 9th place

Referees[edit]

These were chosen to Officiate at the 2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 4–21 April.

  • James Bolabiu (Fiji)
  • Phillip Bosch (South Africa)
  • Sarah Corrigan (Australia)
  • Alan Falzone (Italy)
  • Jérôme Garcès (France)
  • James Jones (Wales)
  • David Keane (Ireland)
  • Javier Mancuso (Argentina)
  • João Mourinha (Portugal)
  • Neil Paterson (Scotland)
  • Julian Pritchard (Australia)
  • Dean Richards (England)
  • Phil Smith (Canada)
  • Matt Stanish (New Zealand)

Touch judge panel[edit]

  • Peter Ferguson (Ireland)
  • Richard Kerr (Ireland)
  • Kyosuke Toda (Japan)
  • Laifaga Unasa (Samoa)

Sarah Corrigan the Australian match official created history when she took charge of the Division B match between Zimbabwe v Canada on 4 April 2007, becoming the first female to referee at an IRB 15-man tournament outside the Women’s Rugby World Cup. (The first woman ever to officiate at any IRB tournament outside the Women's Rugby World Cup was American Dana Teagarden, who was referee for six matches at the 2007 USA Sevens, an event in the IRB Sevens World Series held in February 2007.)

Pool/standings[edit]

The IRB setting for this tournament was that the matches were to be played between two pools from which the top 8 teams qualified for the Quarter finals and the team that finished at the bottom of the Division A pool was to be relegated to the Division B.

  • Pool A played against Pool D
  • Pool B played against Pool C

Match points were awarded on the basis of 4 points for a Win, 2 points for a draw and 0 points for a Loss. Bonus points were awarded for teams scoring 4 tries or more and to losing teams who lost be 7 points or less.

Division A[edit]

Pool A

Team Pld W D L F A BP TOTAL
 Australia 3 3 0 0 68 33 2 14
 South Africa 3 2 0 1 75 27 2 10
 Scotland 3 0 0 3 41 49 2 2


Pool B

Team Pld W D L F A BP TOTAL
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 178 33 3 15
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 56 54 2 6
 Samoa 3 1 0 2 60 65 0 5

Pool C

Team Pld W D L F A BP TOTAL
 Wales 3 2 0 1 76 57 2 10
 England 3 2 0 1 50 61 0 8
 Japan 3 0 0 3 26 176 0 0

Pool D

Team Pld W D L F A BP TOTAL
 France 3 2 0 1 39 44 0 8
 Ireland 3 1 0 2 28 58 1 5
 Fiji 3 1 0 2 42 82 0 4

New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Wales qualified for the Division A semi-finals by virtue of having the highest points in the pool stage.

Pool A vs Pool D Results

Date Team Score Team Venue
05/04/2007, 17:30  South Africa 36 - 5  Fiji Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
05/04/2007, 19:30  Australia 15 - 10  Ireland Ravenhill, Belfast
05/04/2007, 19:30  Scotland 6 - 11  France Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
09/04/2007, 17:30  South Africa 8 - 17  France Ravenhill, Belfast
09/04/2007, 19:30  Scotland 12 - 13  Ireland Ravenhill, Belfast
09/04/2007, 19:30  Australia 23 - 12  Fiji Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
13/04/2007, 17:30  Scotland 23 - 25  Fiji Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
13/04/2007, 19:30  Australia 30 - 11  France Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
13/04/2007, 19:30  South Africa 31 - 5  Ireland Ravenhill, Belfast

Pool B vs Pool C Results

Date Team Score Team Venue
05/04/2007, 17:30  New Zealand 37 - 14  Wales Ravenhill, Belfast
05/04/2007, 17:30  Argentina 41 - 8  Japan Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
05/04/2007, 19:30  Samoa 12 - 20  England Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
09/04/2007, 17:30  New Zealand 107 - 6  Japan Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
09/04/2007, 17:30  Samoa 20 - 33  Wales Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
09/04/2007, 19:30  Argentina 15 - 17  England Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
13/04/2007, 17:30  New Zealand 34 - 13  England Ravenhill, Belfast
13/04/2007, 17:30  Samoa 28 - 12  Japan Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
13/04/2007, 19:30  Argentina 0 - 29  Wales Shaw's Bridge, Belfast

Division B[edit]

Pool A

Team Pld W D L F A BP TOTAL
 Romania 3 0 0 3 17 59 1 1
 Russia 3 0 0 3 11 63 1 1
 Zimbabwe 3 1 0 2 40 56 1 5


Pool B

Team Pld W D L F A BP TOTAL
 Tonga 3 2 0 1 114 19 3 11
 Chile 3 1 0 2 62 76 1 5
 Chinese Taipei 3 0 1 2 21 127 0 2

Pool C

Team Pld W D L F A BP TOTAL
 Italy 3 3 0 0 102 25 2 14
 Uruguay 3 2 0 1 90 61 1 9
 Cook Islands 3 0 1 2 30 111 0 2

Pool D

Team Pld W D L F A BP TOTAL
 Canada 3 3 0 0 56 12 1 13
 Georgia 3 2 0 1 78 39 4 12
 United States 3 3 0 0 44 17 0 12

Italy, Canada, Georgia and the USA qualified for the Division B semi-finals by virtue of having the highest points in the pool stage.

Pool A vs Pool D Results

Date Team Score Team Venue
04/04/2007, 19:30  Romania 0 - 28  Georgia Bangor, Bangor
04/04/2007, 19:30  Russia 0 - 6  United States Malone, Belfast
04/04/2007, 19:30  Zimbabwe 0 - 8  Canada Queen's, Belfast
08/04/2007, 14:30  Romania 10 - 16  United States Queen's, Belfast
08/04/2007, 14:30  Russia 5 - 33  Canada Bangor, Bangor
08/04/2007, 16:30  Zimbabwe 33 - 26  Georgia Malone, Belfast
12/04/2007, 17:30  Zimbabwe 7 - 22  United States Queen's, Belfast
12/04/2007, 19:30  Romania 7 - 15  Canada Bangor, Bangor
12/04/2007, 19:30  Russia 6 - 24  Georgia Malone, Belfast

Pool B vs Pool C Results

Date Team Score Team Venue
04/04/2007, 17:30  Tonga 36 - 5  Uruguay Bangor, Bangor
04/04/2007, 17:30  Chile 29 - 14  Cook Islands Queen's, Belfast
04/04/2007, 17:30  Chinese Taipei 6 - 62  Italy Malone, Belfast
08/04/2007, 14:30  Tonga 72 - 6  Cook Islands Malone, Belfast
08/04/2007, 16:30  Chile 13 - 32  Italy Bangor, Bangor
08/04/2007, 16:30  Chinese Taipei 5 - 55  Uruguay Queen's, Belfast
12/04/2007, 17:30  Chile 20 - 30  Uruguay Bangor, Bangor
12/04/2007, 17:30  Chinese Taipei 10 - 10  Cook Islands Malone, Belfast
12/04/2007, 19:30  Tonga 6 - 8  Italy Queen's, Belfast

Knock out phase[edit]

Using the final positions from the pool phase the knock-out round 1 matches were made on the following basis:

  • Match 1 - 10th versus 11th
  • Match 2 - 9th versus 12th
  • Match 3 - 6th versus 7th
  • Match 4 - 5th versus 8th
  • Match 5 - 2nd versus 3rd (deemed a semi-final)
  • Match 6 - 1st versus 4th (deemed a semi-final)

For round 2 of the knock out phase

  • The loser of Match 1 plays the loser of Match 2 for 11th place
  • The winner of Match 1 plays the winner of Match 2 for 9th place
  • The loser of Match 3 plays the loser of Match 4 for 7th place
  • The winner of Match 3 plays the winner of Match 4 for 5th place
  • The loser of Match 5 plays the loser of Match 6 for 3rd place
  • The winner of Match 5 plays the winner of Match 6 for 1st place (the final)

Division A[edit]

Round 1

Category Date Team Score Team Venue
10th v 11th 17/04/2007, 17:30  Fiji 7 - 11  Scotland Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
9th v 12th 17/04/2007, 19:30  Ireland 31 - 10  Japan Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
6th v 7th 17/04/2007, 17:30  England 31 - 13  Argentina Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
5th v 8th 17/04/2007, 19:30  France 25 - 13  Samoa Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
2nd v 3rd 17/04/2007, 17:30  Australia 18 - 32  South Africa Ravenhill, Belfast
1st v 4th 17/04/2007, 19:30  New Zealand 36 - 12  Wales Ravenhill, Belfast

Round 2 (Play-offs)

Category Date Team Score Team Venue
11th Place Play-Off 21/04/2007, 15:30  Fiji 60 - 12  Japan Belfast Harlequins, Belfast
9th Place Play-Off 21/04/2007, 15:00  Scotland 0 - 34  Ireland Ravenhill, Belfast
7th Place Play-Off 21/04/2007, 13:30  Argentina 12 - 13  Samoa Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
5th Place Play-Off 21/04/2007, 15:30  England 17 - 43  France Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
3rd Place Play-Off 21/04/2007, 17:30  Australia 25 - 21  Wales Ravenhill, Belfast
Final 21/04/2007, 19:30  South Africa 7 - 31  New Zealand Ravenhill, Belfast

Division B[edit]

Round 1

Category Date Team Score Team Venue
10th v 11th 16/04/2007, 17:30  Chinese Taipei 10 - 35  Romania Queen's, Belfast
9th v 12th 16/04/2007, 17:30  Cook Islands 14 - 22  Russia Malone, Belfast
6th v 7th 16/04/2007, 17:30  Uruguay 21 - 3  Chile Bangor, Bangor
5th v 8th 16/04/2007, 19:30  Tonga 26 - 11  Zimbabwe Bangor, Bangor
2nd v 3rd 16/04/2007, 19:30  Canada 19 - 3  Georgia Malone, Belfast
1st v 4th 16/04/2007, 19:30  Italy 31 - 6  United States Queen's, Belfast

Round 2 (Play-offs)

Category Date Team Score Team Venue
11th Place Play-Off 20/04/2007, 17:30  Chinese Taipei 29 - 10  Cook Islands Malone, Belfast
9th Place Play-Off 20/04/2007, 17:30  Romania 20 - 10  Russia Queen's, Belfast
7th Place Play-Off 20/04/2007, 19:30  Chile 10 - 12  Zimbabwe Malone, Belfast
5th Place Play-Off 20/04/2007, 19:30  Uruguay 15 - 24  Tonga Queen's, Belfast
3rd Place Play-Off 20/04/2007, 18:00  Georgia 5 - 24  United States Bangor, Bangor
Final 20/04/2007, 19:30  Canada 3 - 22  Italy Shaw's Bridge, Belfast

Semi-finals[edit]

Year Division Semi-Final (2nd vs 3rd) Semi-Final (1st vs 4th)
Winner Score Loser Winner Score Loser
2007
A
South Africa
32-18
Australia

New Zealand
36–12
Wales
2007
B
Canada
19-3
Georgia

Italy
31-6
United States

Finals[edit]

Year Division Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2007
A
New Zealand
31–7
South Africa

Australia
25-21
Wales
2007
B
Italy
22-3
Canada

United States
24-5
Georgia

Therefore New Zealand are the Under 19 Rugby World Champions for 2007 and Italy are promoted to Division A.

Final standings[edit]

The final standings are based on the 3 pool matches plus a further 2 matches to determine standings.

Division A Pos Division B
 New Zealand 1  Italy *
 South Africa 2  Canada
 Australia 3  United States
 Wales 4  Georgia
 France 5  Tonga
 England 6  Uruguay
 Samoa 7  Zimbabwe #
 Argentina 8  Chile #
 Ireland 9  Romania #
 Scotland 10  Russia #
 Fiji 11  Chinese Taipei #
 Japan * 12  Cook Islands #

* Japan was initially demoted to Division B and Italy promoted to Division A for future World Championships. However, with the creation of the IRB Junior World Championship, both teams competed in its 2008 inaugural edition. This event featured all teams from the 2007 Division A, plus Italy, Canada, the USA, and Tonga.

# Zimbabwe, Chile, Romania, Russia, Chinese Taipei and the Cook Islands were initially relegated from Division B and had to enter regional competitions to qualify for future World Championships. This did not change with the creation of the Junior World Championship and IRB Junior World Trophy; Georgia and Uruguay were given automatic berths to the 2008 IRB Junior World Trophy, while remaining nations had to play in regional qualifying for the remaining six berths.

Overall Stats[edit]

Overall Points [1]
Pos. Player Country Points
1 Leigh Halfpenny  Wales 57
2 Germán Albanell  Uruguay 56
3 Sione Toke  Tonga 54
4 Riccardo Bocchino  Italy 50
5 Trent Renata  New Zealand 42
6 Hamish Roberts  United States 32
7= Daniel Kirkpatrick  New Zealand 37
7= Stefan Watermeyer  South Africa 37
9 Mathieu Belie  France 35
10 Nathan Hirayama  Canada 33
11 Alex Goode  England 31
12 Kade Poki  New Zealand 30
13 Titi Jnr Esau  Samoa 28
14= Stephen McColl  Scotland 26
14= Eoin O'Malley  Ireland 26
16= Andrew Barrett  Australia 25
16= Alberto Chiesa  Italy 25
16= Francisco González  Chile 25
16= Bogdan Petreanu  Romania 25
16= Henry Speight  Fiji 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Statistics". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 

External links[edit]