2010 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship

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2010 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship
FIRA U 18 Championship.jpg
Tournament details
Host nation  Italy
Dates 27 March 2010 – 3 April 2010
No. of nations 24
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 36
2009
2011

The 2010 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship was the seventh annual international rugby union competition for Under 18 national rugby union teams in Europe.[1] The event was organised by rugby's European governing body, the FIRA – Association of European Rugby (FIRA-AER).[2] The competition was contested by 24 men's junior national teams and was held in late March and early April 2010.[3] It was hosted by the Italian region of Veneto, with the final played at the home ground of Benetton Rugby Treviso.[4]

The tournament was won by France, who won its fifth European championship and its fourth in a row,[1][5] with Ireland finishing runners-up.[6]

It was sponsored by French company Justin Bridou and therefore officially called the 2010 Justin Bridou European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship.[2]

Overview[edit]

History[edit]

The European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship was first held in 2004, in Treviso, Italy. It replaced the previously held European Under-18 Emergent Nations Championship, which had first been held in 2000.[7] The first championship in 2004 was won by France.[1]

The following two championships, held in Lille, France in 2005 and again in Treviso in 2006, were won by England. Alternating between France and Italy, the next four championships were held in Biarritz, Treviso again, Toulon and once more in Treviso in 2010. All four were taken out by France, but of Europes top rugby playing nations, England, Wales and Scotland did not take part in the latest edition.[1]

Format[edit]

The championship, similar to previous editions, was organised in an A, B and C Division, with A being the highest and C the lowest. Each division consisted of eight teams and each team played three competition games, with a quarter final, semi final and final/placing game.[6]

The quarter finals were played according to a seeding list, with the winners moving on to the first to fourth place semi finals while the losers would enter the fifth to eighth place semi finals.[6]

The winners of the semi finals one to four would play in the division final while the losers would play for third place. Similarly, the winners of the fifth to eighth semi finals would play for fifth place while the losers would play for seventh.[6]

The winner of the A division was crowned European champions while the eighth placed team would be relegated to the B division. Similarly, the winner of B and C division would move up a division for 2011 while the last placed teams would be relegated. This meant, France was crowned European champions while Romania finished on the relegation spot. Portugal won the B division and earned promotion while the Ukraine was relegated and replaced by Sweden, the C champions.[6]

Venues[edit]

The games of the 2010 championship were played at five different locations and stadiums:[4]

Changes for 2011[edit]

The 2011 edition of the championship is scheduled to see a return of the absent three home nations, England, Scotland and Wales. For this purpose, the A division will be enlarged to twelve teams, while B and C remain at their current strength.[8]

D Division[edit]

The D division forms the fourth level, below the C division, of European Under-18 rugby. In 2010, only four teams compete at this level, at a tournament held at Chişinău, Moldova, from 19 to 22 May 2010. It consists of the teams of Moldova, Israel, Croatia and Norway.[9]

Teams and final standings[edit]

The participating teams and their final standings were:[9][10]

Games[edit]

The results of the games:[6]

A Division[edit]

Championship[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
    France 50  
  Italy 10  
    France 21  
    Belgium 0  
  Belgium 27
    Russia 14  
      France 27
    Ireland 3
    Ireland 20  
  Germany 11  
    Ireland 19
    Georgia 11  
  Romania 7
    Georgia 25  
3rd Place Final
     
1  Georgia 18
2  Belgium 15

Relegation[edit]

Semi-finals 5th Place Final
           
1  Italy 13
4  Russia 8
 Italy 18
 Germany 13
3  Germany 44
2  Romania 0
7th Place Final
     
1  Russia 34
2  Romania 12

B Division[edit]

Championship[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
    Portugal 104  
  Switzerland 3  
    Portugal 25  
    Netherlands 10  
  Netherlands 55
    Ukraine 0  
      Portugal 43
    Spain 3
    Spain 53  
  Czech Republic 5  
    Spain 26
    Poland 3  
  Poland 23
    Lithuania 7  
3rd Place Final
     
1  Netherlands 42
2  Poland 8

Relegation[edit]

The Switzerland versus Ukraine game was tied after regular time and was decided by penalty kicks.[11]

Semi-finals 5th Place Final
           
1  Switzerland 16
4  Ukraine 16
 Switzerland 3
 Czech Republic 54
3  Czech Republic 8
2  Lithuania 5
7th Place Final
     
1  Lithuania 21
2  Ukraine 5

C Division[edit]

Championship[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
    Sweden 13  
  Austria 0  
    Sweden 19  
    Serbia 9  
  Denmark 5
    Serbia 24  
      Sweden 30
    Hungary 24
    Hungary 21  
  Luxembourg 11  
    Hungary 13
    Latvia 0  
  Bulgaria 0
    Latvia 34  
3rd Place Final
     
1  Serbia 14
2  Latvia 12

Relegation[edit]

The Denmark versus Austria game was tied after regular time and was decided by penalty kicks.[12]

Semi-finals 5th Place Final
           
1  Austria 12
4  Denmark 12
 Denmark 14
 Luxembourg 29
3  Luxembourg 8
2  Bulgaria 0
7th Place Final
     
1  Austria 31
2  Bulgaria 3

D Division[edit]

Held at a different time and location as the other three divisions, in Moldova, these are the results:[9]

Semi-finals Final
           
1  Moldova 90
4  Norway 0
 Moldova 23
 Croatia 5
3  Croatia 25
2  Israel 18
3rd Place Final
     
1  Norway 0
2  Israel 76

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