2008 IRB Junior World Championship

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2008 IRB Junior World Championship
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Tournament details
Host nation  Wales
Date 6–22 June 2008
No. of nations 16
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand
Runner-up  England
Third place  South Africa
Tournament statistics
Matches played 40
Japan 2009

The 2008 IRB Junior World Championship was the first annual international rugby union competition for Under 20 national teams. All players who were twenty years of age or under on 1 January 2008 were eligible for selection.

This competition replaced the now defunct Under 19 Rugby World Championship and Under 21 Rugby World Championship. The event, organised by rugby's governing body, the International Rugby Board (IRB), was contested by sixteen men's under-20 national teams.

The tournament was held in June and hosted by Wales, at four separate venues, and won by New Zealand.

Venues[edit]

City Ground Capacity
Cardiff Arms Park 13,500
Newport Rodney Parade 11,700
Swansea Liberty Stadium 20,532
Wrexham Racecourse Ground 15,500

Calendar[edit]

Stage First Match Last Match
Matchday 1 17:00 2008-06-06 to 19:00 2008-06-06
Matchday 2 17:00 2008-06-10 to 19:00 2008-06-10
Matchday 3 15:00 2008-06-14 to 17:00 2008-06-14
Matchday 4 17:00 2008-06-18 to 19:00 2008-06-18
Final Day - North Wales 18:00 2008-06-21 to 20:00 2008-06-21
Final Day - South Wales 13:00 2008-06-22 to 19:00 2008-06-22

Pools[edit]

Qualified for the Championship Semi Finals
Qualified for the 5th to 8th Placed Play offs
Qualified for the 9th to 12th Placed Play offs
Qualified for the 13th to 16th Placed Play offs

Pool A[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Tries For Against Difference BP Points
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 25 173 19 +154 3 15
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 6 47 69 -32 1 9
 Ireland 3 1 0 2 6 64 109 -45 1 5
 Tonga 3 0 0 3 3 46 123 -76 0 0
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue
6 June 2008  New Zealand 48 - 9  Tonga Arms Park, Cardiff
6 June 2008  Argentina 17 - 9  Ireland Arms Park, Cardiff
10 June 2008  Argentina 30 - 10  Tonga Arms Park, Cardiff
10 June 2008  New Zealand 65 - 10  Ireland Arms Park, Cardiff
14 June 2008  Ireland 45 - 27  Tonga Arms Park, Cardiff
14 June 2008  New Zealand 60 - 0  Argentina Arms Park, Cardiff

Pool B[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Tries For Against Difference BP Points
 South Africa 3 3 0 0 27 196 32 +164 2 14
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 7 60 39 +21 1 9
 Scotland 3 1 0 2 8 61 115 -54 1 5
 United States 3 0 0 3 3 38 169 -131 0 0
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue
6 June 2008  South Africa 108 - 18  United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
6 June 2008  Samoa 29 - 17  Scotland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
10 June 2008  Samoa 20 - 6  United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
10 June 2008  South Africa 72 - 3  Scotland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
14 June 2008  Scotland 41 - 14  United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
14 June 2008  South Africa 16 - 11  Samoa Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

Pool C[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Tries For Against Difference BP Points
 England 3 3 0 0 17 119 48 +71 2 14
 Australia 3 2 0 1 27 147 47 +100 3 11
 Canada 3 1 0 2 5 47 151 -104 0 4
 Fiji 3 0 0 3 4 44 111 -67 1 1
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue
6 June 2008  Australia 81 - 12  Canada Rodney Parade, Newport
6 June 2008  England 41 - 17  Fiji Rodney Parade, Newport
10 June 2008  England 60 - 18  Canada Rodney Parade, Newport
10 June 2008  Australia 53 - 17  Fiji Rodney Parade, Newport
14 June 2008  Australia 13 - 18  England Rodney Parade, Newport
14 June 2008  Fiji 10 - 17  Canada Rodney Parade, Newport

Pool D[edit]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Tries For Against Difference BP Points
 Wales 3 3 0 0 11 85 39 +46 2 14
 France 3 2 0 1 13 104 54 +50 3 11
 Italy 3 1 0 2 4 48 81 -33 0 4
 Japan 3 0 0 3 7 47 110 -63 1 1
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue
6 June 2008  France 53 - 17  Japan Liberty Stadium, Swansea
6 June 2008  Wales 29 - 10  Italy Liberty Stadium, Swansea
10 June 2008  France 32 - 14  Italy Liberty Stadium, Swansea
10 June 2008  Wales 33 - 10  Japan Liberty Stadium, Swansea
14 June 2008  Japan 20 - 24  Italy Liberty Stadium, Swansea
14 June 2008  Wales 23 - 19  France Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Knockout stage[edit]

13th-16th Places Playoffs

Semi-finals Final
           
1  Tonga 17
4  Japan 5
 Tonga 28
 Fiji 20
3  United States 22
2  Fiji 27
13th-16th Places Playoffs
Date Home Score Away Venue
18 June 2008  Tonga 17 - 5  Japan Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
18 June 2008  United States 22 - 27  Fiji Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
15th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008  Japan 44 - 8  United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
13th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008  Tonga 28 - 20  Fiji Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

9th-12th Place Playoffs

Semi-finals Final
           
1  Ireland 9
4  Italy 6
 Ireland 39
 Scotland 12
3  Scotland 15
2  Canada 10
9th-12th Places Playoffs
Date Home Score Away Venue
18 June 2008  Scotland 15 - 10  Canada Rodney Parade, Newport
18 June 2008  Ireland 9 - 6  Italy Arms Park, Cardiff
11th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008  Italy 33 - 10  Canada Arms Park, Cardiff
9th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008  Ireland 39 - 12  Scotland Rodney Parade, Newport

5th-8th Places Playoffs

Semi-finals Final
           
1  Argentina 6
4  France 30
 France 21
 Australia 42
3  Samoa 0
2  Australia 32
5th-8th Places Playoffs
Date Home Score Away Venue
18 June 2008  Argentina 6 - 30  France Liberty Stadium, Swansea
18 June 2008  Samoa 0 - 32  Australia Liberty Stadium, Swansea
7th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008  Argentina 10 - 30  Samoa Rodney Parade, Newport
5th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008  France 21 - 42  Australia Arms Park, Cardiff

1st place playoffs

Semi-finals Final
           
1  New Zealand 31
4  Wales 6
 New Zealand 38
 England 3
3  South Africa 18
2  England 26

Semi-finals[edit]

18 June 2008
19:15
New Zealand  31–6  Wales
(Report)

18 June 2008
19:15
South Africa  18–26  England
(Report)

3rd place playoffs[edit]

22 June 2008
17:00
Wales  18–43  South Africa
(Report)

Final[edit]

22 June 2008
19:00
New Zealand  38–3  England
(Report)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 8537
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

See also[edit]

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