Oceania Rugby Under 20 Championship

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Oceania Rugby Under 20
Championship
Most recent tournament
2018 Oceania Rugby Under 20 Championship
FORU logo.jpg
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2015
Number of teams 4 (2018)

The Oceania Rugby Under 20 Championship is an international rugby union competition organised by Oceania Rugby, which is the regional governing body for rugby in Oceania.[1] It is contested by men's junior national teams with an under-20 age requirement, and played as two tournaments; the Oceania Junior Championship for teams that compete in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship, and the Oceania Junior Trophy for teams aiming to compete in the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.

History[edit]

This event replaced Oceania's former age-grade competition, the Oceania Under 19 Rugby Championship. The inaugural first division tournament, played at Bond University, Gold Coast on Australia's Gold Coast in May 2015,[1] featured four national under 20 teams and was won by New Zealand.[2]

A planned tournament for a further six national under 20 sides was postponed,[3][4][5] until December 2015. However, Fiji and Tonga participated in the Australian Under 20 Rugby Championship to prepare for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.[1] The inaugural Oceania Junior Rugby Trophy, featuring four national under 20 teams, was played in Suva in December 2015 and won by Fiji.[6]

Teams[edit]

The teams for the Oceania Rugby Under 20 tournaments, as of 2018, are:

Championship[edit]

Trophy[edit]

  • TBC

Tournament winners[edit]

Championship[edit]

Year Tournament location Teams Winner Refs
2015 Gold Coast, Australia 4  New Zealand [2]
2016 Gold Coast, Australia 2  New Zealand [7]
2017 Gold Coast, Australia 4  New Zealand [8]
2018 Gold Coast, Australia 4  New Zealand [9]

Trophy[edit]

Year Tournament location Teams Winner Refs
2015 Suva, Fiji 4  Fiji [6]
2016 Suva, Fiji 3  Fiji [10]
2017 Lautoka, Fiji 2  Fiji [11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2015 Tournament Overview". FORU. 8 December 2014. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Australia U20's fall to New Zealand in Oceania Rugby Junior Championship". ARU. 9 May 2015. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ Leslie, Cameron (21 February 2015). "Waipu coach off to islands". The Northern Advocate. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Rugby Union targets U20 titles". PNG Loop. 20 May 2014. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. ^ Wilson, Matariki (12 March 2015). "Under 20 tournament deferment disappoints". Cook Island News. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Fiji Wins Oceania Rugby Junior Trophy". Oceania Rugby. 5 December 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Australia bounce back to beat baby Blacks". The Roar. 8 May 2016. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Rugby: New Zealand U20s thrash Australia". New Zealand Herald. 7 May 2017. Archived from the original on 6 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  9. ^ "New Zealand too strong for Junior Wallabies". rugby.com.au. 6 May 2018. Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Fiji crowned Oceania U20 Trophy champions". World Rugby. 10 December 2016. Archived from the original on 22 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Fiji Qualify to 2018 World Rugby U20s Trophy". Oceania Rugby. 4 December 2017. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.

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