2011 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship

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2011 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship
FIRA U 18 Championship 2011.jpg
Tournament details
Host nation  France
Dates 15 April 2011 – 24 April 2011
No. of nations 28
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Ireland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 40
2010
2012

The 2011 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship was the eighth annual international rugby union competition for Under 18 national rugby union teams in Europe. The event was organised by rugby's European governing body, the FIRA – Association of European Rugby (FIRA-AER). The competition was contested by 28 men's junior national teams and will be held in April 2011. It was hosted by the French region of Armagnac and Bigorre.[1] The tournament was won by the under-18 team of Ireland, who took out the title for the first time, beating England in the final.[2][3] For the first time, France did not reach the championship game and finished in fourth place only.

The tournament's defending champion was France, who had won five European championships and the last four in a row.[4][5] The 2011 edition of the competition saw the introduction of an elite division, above division one, made up of four teams, France, England, Wales and Ireland. The divisions below remained unchanged. It marked the first time that all countries participating in the Six Nations Championship send a team to the European championship.[1][6]

It was sponsored by French company Justin Bridou and therefore officially called the 2011 Justin Bridou European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship.[1]

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.[5] The first championship in 2004 was won by France.[4]

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 won by France, but of Europe's top rugby playing nations, England, Wales and Scotland did not take part in the 2010 edition.[4]

Format[edit]

The 2011 edition saw the introduction of an Elite division, consisting of four teams, two of which, England and Wales, had not taken part in the 2010 competition or, in the case of Wales, never taken part in the European championship.[1]

Below the elite level, the championship was organised in First, Second and Third Divisions, with First being the highest and Third 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. 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.[7]

The winner of the Elite division, Ireland, was crowned European champions while the fourth placed team was to be relegated to the First division. Similarly, the winner of the Second and Third divisions would move up a division for 2012 while the last placed teams would be relegated.

To determine the four teams playing in the Elite Division, a qualifying tournament was held between the Six Nations U-18 sides in late February and early March, with the teams drawn into two groups of three teams each. France and England won their groups, with Wales and Ireland finishing second, qualifying all four teams for the Elite Division. Italy and Scotland finished third, placing them in the First Division. For Italy, this was still a bonus as it obtained the second seed for the division, behind Scotland. After an unsuccessful 2010 tournament, where the team had finished only fifth, it would have been entitled to only the fifth seed otherwise. Scotland made a return to the European championship for the first time since 2006.[8]

Venues[edit]

The games of the 2011 championship were played at venues in Armagnac and Bigorre, two regions in southern France.[1] The first round of games in all divisions except the elite one was played on 16 April 2011. The elite division played their first games in Auch the following day. The second round was played on 19 April while the finals for all divisions were held on 22 and 23 April, with Division two and three playing on the 22 and the Elite and First Division on the 23.

The venues for the Elite Group where:

D Division[edit]

The D division forms the fourth level, below the Third division, of European Under-18 rugby. In 2011, only three teams compete at this level, at a separate tournament. It consists of the teams of Israel, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The tournament was held independently of the other divisions on 14 April at Sinj, Croatia and won by the home nation.[10][11]

Teams and standings[edit]

The participating teams and their divisions are in order of their ranking after the tournament:[7]

Games[edit]

The scheduled games:

Elite Division[edit]

The games of the elite division:[12]

Semi-finals Final
           
1  France 17
4  Ireland 19
4  Ireland 17
2  England 8
2  England 38
3  Wales 34
3rd Place Final
     
1  France 6
3  Wales 15

First Division[edit]

The games of the first division:[13]

Championship[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
  1   Scotland 65  
8   Romania 3  
  1   Scotland 87  
  5   Germany 3  
4   Belgium 11
  5   Germany 27  
    1   Scotland 17
  2   Italy 12
  2   Italy 14  
7   Portugal 3  
  2   Italy 36
  3   Georgia 16  
3   Georgia 38
  6   Russia 3  
3rd Place Final
     
3  Georgia 40
5  Germany 0

Relegation[edit]

Semi-finals 5th Place Final
           
4  Belgium 19
8  Romania 6
4  Belgium 5
7  Portugal 10
6  Russia 7
7  Portugal 8
7th Place Final
     
6  Russia 3
8  Romania 11

Second Division[edit]

The games of the second division:[14]

Championship[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
  1   Spain 50  
8   Ukraine 0  
  1   Spain 52  
  4   Czech Republic 20  
4   Czech Republic 67
  5   Switzerland 5  
    1   Spain 47
  7   Sweden 7
  2   Netherlands 12  
7   Sweden 18  
  7   Sweden 19
  6   Lithuania 10  
3   Poland 10
  6   Lithuania 12  
3rd Place Final
     
4  Czech Republic 12
6  Lithuania 15

Relegation[edit]

Semi-finals 5th Place Final
           
2  Netherlands 17
3  Poland 27
3  Poland 41
8  Ukraine 10
5  Switzerland 5
8  Ukraine 31
7th Place Final
     
2  Netherlands 34
5  Switzerland 0

Third Division[edit]

The games of the third division:[15]

Championship[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
  1   Hungary 66  
8   Bulgaria 11  
  1   Hungary 27  
  4   Luxembourg 17  
4   Luxembourg 51
  5   Denmark 0  
    1   Hungary 7
  2   Serbia 13
  2   Serbia 13  
7   Moldova 0  
  2   Serbia 12
  3   Latvia 5  
3   Latvia 15
  6   Austria 11  
3rd Place Final
     
3  Latvia 7
4  Luxembourg 12

Relegation[edit]

Semi-finals 5th Place Final
           
5  Denmark 14
8  Bulgaria 13
5  Denmark 7
7  Moldova 25
6  Austria 0
7  Moldova 32
7th Place Final
     
6  Austria 10
8  Bulgaria 15

European Championship final[edit]

The European Championship final was held on 23 April at 18:30 at Tarbes and was broadcast live on Eurosport 2.[16] The final was played in wet conditions and a well organised Ireland side went up 11-3 by half time. England's head coach, John Fletcher, conceded that it was a well-deserved Irish victory but that the game was an important lesson to learn and would help his players in their future development.[2] For Ireland, which was, for the first time, represented by a schools team rather than a Club XV, captain Luke McGrath was the most influential figure on the field, scoring twelve points.[3]

23 April 2011
18:30
 Ireland 17 – 8  England
Try: Scholes 25'
Pen: McGrath (4) 4', 11', 58', 61'
Report Try: Hepburn 66'
Pen: Slade 33'
Stade Maurice Trélut, Tarbes
Referee: Arnaud Blondel (France)
Ireland:
FB 15 Rory Scholes Substituted off 15'
RW 14 Conor McEllin Substituted off 67'
CT 13 Robbie Henshaw
SF 12 Christopher Farrell
LW 11 Mark Roche
FF 10 Stuart Olding Substituted off 68'
HB 9 Luke McGrath (c) Substituted off 68'
N8 8 Ryan Murphy
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Donagh Lawler
RL 5 Gavin Thornbury Substituted off 40'
LL 4 Jerry Sexton Substituted off 15'
TP 3 Edward Byrne
HK 2 Bryan Byrne
LP 1 Gordon Frayne Substituted off 45'
Substitutes:
16 Andrew Murphy
17 Thomas Ferrari
18 Christopher Taylor Substituted in 45'
19 Luke Satchwell Substituted in 15'
20 Mark Best
21 Jack O'Neill Substituted in 40'
22 David Shanahan Substituted in 68'
23 Rory Scannell Substituted in 68'
24 Jack Fitzpatrick Substituted in 24'
25 Cian O'Halloran Substituted in 67'
26 Seamus Glynn
Coach:
Terry McMaster
England:
FB 15 Jack Nowell
RW 14 Tony Watson
CT 13 Mark Jennings
CT 12 Sam Hill
LW 11 Jack Arnott Substituted off 50'
FH 10 Henry Slade Substituted off 38'
SH 9 Alex Day Substituted off 38'
N8 8 Jack Clifford
OF 7 Matt Hankin Substituted off 50'
BF 6 David Sisi Substituted off 45'
RL 5 Dominic Barrow (c)
LL 4 Tom Jubb
TP 3 Daniel Herriot Substituted off 45'
HK 2 Nathan Morris Substituted off 39'
LP 1 Alec Hepburn
Substitutions:
16 Max Crumpton
17 Tom Smallbone Substituted in 45'
18 Scott Spurling Substituted in 39'
19 Joe Robinson Substituted in 45'
20 Joe Buckle Substituted in 50' Temporarily suspended
21 James Lightfoot-Brown Substituted in 38'
22 Will Hooley Substituted in 38'
23 Marcus Webber Substituted in 50'
24 Tom Stephenson
Coach:
John Fletcher

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Ireland overcome England U18 in FIRA/AER final RFU website, published: 23 April 2011, accessed: 23 April 2011
  3. ^ a b European Glory For Ireland Schools Team IRU website, published: 23 April 2011, accessed: 23 April 2011
  4. ^ a b c "2010 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship - History". MediaOfficina.com. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Forty years of age grade growth in Europe". International Rugby Board. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "About the FIRA AER U18 Championship". Irish Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "2011 groups". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "2011 U18 - VI Nations play-off". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "U18 Justin Bridou European Championship: the Organisation Committee in a turmoil" (PDF) (Press release). FIRA-AER. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  10. ^ 2011 "European Championship U18 - Group D". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "U NEDJELJU 3.4.HRVATSKA U18-MAĐARSKA U18". Croatian Rugby Federation (in Croatian). Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "2011 U18 Justin Bridou European Championship > Elite Group". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "2011 U18 Justin Bridou European Championship > Division 1". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "2011 U18 Justin Bridou European Championship > Division 2". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "2011 U18 Justin Bridou European Championship > Division 3". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  16. ^ U18 - The final will be Ireland Vs England FIRA-AER website, accessed: 18 April 2011

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