World Rugby Under 20 Trophy

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World Rugby Under 20 Trophy
Current season or competition:
2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2008
Number of teams 8
Country International (World Rugby)
Holders  Japan (2014)

The World Rugby Under 20 Trophy (known as the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy until 2014) is an international rugby union competition. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, World Rugby, and is contested by 8 men's junior national teams with an under-20 age requirement. This event replaced the World Rugby's former age-grade world championships, the Under-19 and Under-21 World Championships.

The inaugural tournament was held in June 2008, hosted by Chile and with 8 teams participating.

The World Rugby Under 20 Trophy is the second level of the World Rugby tournament structure for under-20 national sides. At the same time that the Trophy was launched, the World Rugby (then known as the International Rugby Board) also launched an upper-level championship, featuring 16 teams in 2008 and 2009 and a reduced format for 12 teams from 2010 and onwards.

Promotion and relegation between the Trophy and the Championship is in place. The winner of the Trophy will play in next year's Championship, while the last placed team at the Championship will be relegated to the Trophy for the next year.

History[edit]

The inaugural tournament was held in 2008, hosted by Chile, and won by Uruguay. World Rugby's decision that the United States would host the tournament in 2012 was viewed as the United States taking a step closer towards hosting the Rugby World Cup.[1]

Tournament results[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2008  Chile
Uruguay
20 – 8
Chile

Georgia
34 – 10
Romania
2009  Kenya
Romania
25 – 13
United States

Chile
19 – 17
Kenya
2010  Russia
Italy
36 – 7
Japan

Russia
23 – 20 (aet)
Romania
2011  Georgia
Samoa
31 – 24
Japan

Georgia
20 – 15
Uruguay
2012  United States
United States
37 – 33
Japan

Tonga
31 – 29
Georgia
2013  Chile
Italy
45 – 23
Canada

Chile
38 – 35
Japan
2014  Hong Kong
Japan
35 – 10
Tonga

United States
26 – 25
Uruguay
2015  Portugal

Team records[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Italy 2 (2010, 2013) - - -
 Japan 1 (2014) 3 (2010, 2011, 2012) - 1 (2013)
 United States 1 (2012) 1 (2009) 1 (2014) -
 Romania 1 (2009) - - 2 (2008, 2010)
 Uruguay 1 (2008) - - 2 (2011, 2014)
 Samoa 1 (2011) - - -
 Chile - 1 (2008) 2 (2009, 2013) -
 Tonga - 1 (2014) 1 (2012) -
 Canada - 1 (2013) - -
 Georgia - - 2 (2008, 2011) 1 (2012)
 Russia - - 1 (2010) -
 Kenya - - - 1 (2009)

Participating nations[edit]

Team Chile
2008
Kenya
2009
Russia
2010
Georgia (country)
2011
United States
2012
Chile
2013
Hong Kong
2014
Portugal
2015
Years
 Canada 6th 5th 6th 2nd 7th 5
 Cayman Islands dnq 8th dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq 1
 Chile 2nd 3rd dnq dnq 5th 3rd dnq 4
 Cook Islands 7th dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq 1
 Georgia 3rd dnq dnq 3rd 4th dnq 5th 4
 Italy 1st 1st 2
 Hong Kong dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq 8th 1
 Jamaica 8th dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq 1
 Japan 2nd 2nd 2nd 4th 1st 5
 Kenya dnq 4th dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq 1
 Namibia 5th 5th dnq dnq dnq 8th 6th 4
 Papua New Guinea dnq 6th 8th dnq dnq dnq dnq 2
 Portugal dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq 6th dnq q 2
 Romania 4th 1st 4th dnq dnq dnq dnq 3
 Russia dnq dnq 3rd 6th 8th dnq dnq 3
 Samoa 1st 1
 South Korea 6th 7th dnq dnq dnq dnq dnq 2
 Tonga 3rd 5th 2nd 3
 United States 2nd dnq 7th 1st 3rd 4
 Uruguay 1st 5th 4th dnq 7th 4th 5
 Zimbabwe dnq dnq 7th 8th 7th dnq dnq 3
Total 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Legend

Leading all-time players[edit]

Points[edit]

Points Nation Player
82  United States Madison Hughes
82  Romania Stefan Patrascu
65  Canada Conor McCann
54  Georgia Bakhva Kobakhidze
54  Italy Alberto Chillon

Updated June 9, 2013.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN Scrum, USA to host IRB Junior World Trophy, Jan. 29, 2012, http://www.espnscrum.com/irb-juniorworld-2011/rugby/story/158475.html