World Rugby Under 20 Trophy

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World Rugby Under 20 Trophy
Current season or competition:
2018 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy
World Rugby Under 20 Trophy 2018.jpg
SportRugby union
Instituted2008
Number of teams8
CountryInternational (World Rugby)
Holders Fiji (2018)

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, 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
Georgia
49 – 24
Canada

Uruguay
44 – 43
Tonga
2016  Zimbabwe
Samoa
38 – 32 (aet)
Spain

Fiji
44 – 30
Namibia
2017  Uruguay
Japan
14 – 3
Portugal

Uruguay
34 – 12
Namibia
2018  Romania
Fiji
58 – 8
Samoa

Portugal
67 – 36
Namibia
2019  Brazil

Team records[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Japan 2 (2014, 2017) 3 (2010, 2011, 2012) - 1 (2013)
 Samoa 2 (2011, 2016) 1 (2018) - -
 Italy 2 (2010, 2013) - - -
 United States 1 (2012) 1 (2009) 1 (2014) -
 Uruguay 1 (2008) - 2 (2015, 2017) 2 (2011, 2014)
 Georgia 1 (2015) - 2 (2008, 2011) 1 (2012)
 Fiji 1 (2018) - 1 (2016) -
 Romania 1 (2009) - - 2 (2008, 2010)
 Canada - 2 (2013, 2015) - -
 Chile - 1 (2008) 2 (2009, 2013) -
 Tonga - 1 (2014) 1 (2012) 1 (2016)
 Portugal - 1 (2017) 1 (2018) -
 Spain - 1 (2016) - -
 Russia - - 1 (2010) -
 Namibia - - - 3 (2016, 2017, 2018)
 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
Zimbabwe
2016
Uruguay
2017
Romania
2018
Years
 Canada WC WC 6th 5th 6th 2nd 7th 2nd - 7th 7th 8
 Cayman Islands - 8th - - - - - - - - - 1
 Chile 2nd 3rd - - 5th 3rd - - - 5th - 5
 Cook Islands 7th - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Fiji WC WC WC WC WC WC WC 5th 3rd 6th 1st 4
 Georgia 3rd - - 3rd 4th - 5th 1st WC WC WC 5
 Hong Kong - - - - - - 8th 8th 7th 8th 6th 5
 Italy WC WC 1st WC WC 1st WC WC WC WC WC 2
 Jamaica 8th - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Japan WC WC 2nd 2nd 2nd 4th 1st WC WC 1st WC 6
 Kenya - 4th - - - - - - - - - 1
 Namibia 5th 5th - - - 8th 6th 6th 4th 4th 4th 8
 Papua New Guinea - 6th 8th - - - - - - - - 2
 Portugal - - - - - 6th - 7th - 2nd 3rd 4
 Romania 4th 1st 4th - - - - - - - 8th 4
 Russia - - 3rd 6th 8th - - - - - - 3
 Samoa WC WC WC 1st WC WC WC WC 1st WC 2nd 3
 South Korea 6th 7th - - - - - - - - - 2
 Spain - - - - - - - - 2nd - - 1
 Tonga WC WC WC WC 3rd 5th 2nd 4th - - - 4
 United States WC 2nd - 7th 1st WC 3rd - 5th - - 5
 Uruguay 1st WC 5th 4th - 7th 4th 3rd 6th 3rd 5th 9
 Zimbabwe - - 7th 8th 7th - - - 8th - - 4
Total 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Legend

Leading all-time players[edit]

Points[edit]

Points Nation Player
114  Georgia Revaz Jinchvelashvili
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.

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

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