2008 IRB Junior World Championship

The 2008 IRB Junior World Championship was the first annual international rugby union competition for Under 20 national teams. All players who were twenty years of age or under on 1 January 2008 were eligible for selection.

2008 IRB Junior World Championship
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Tournament details
Host nation Wales
Date6–22 June 2008
No. of nations16
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runner-up England
Third place South Africa
Tournament statistics
Matches played40
Japan 2009

This competition replaced the now defunct Under 19 Rugby World Championship and Under 21 Rugby World Championship. The event, organised by rugby's governing body, the International Rugby Board (IRB), was contested by sixteen men's under-20 national teams.

The tournament was held in June and hosted by Wales, at four separate venues, and won by New Zealand.

VenuesEdit

City Ground Capacity
Cardiff Arms Park 13,500
Newport Rodney Parade 11,700
Swansea Liberty Stadium 20,532
Wrexham Racecourse Ground 15,500

CalendarEdit

Stage First Match Last Match
Matchday 1 17:00 2008-06-06 to 19:00 2008-06-06
Matchday 2 17:00 2008-06-10 to 19:00 2008-06-10
Matchday 3 15:00 2008-06-14 to 17:00 2008-06-14
Matchday 4 17:00 2008-06-18 to 19:00 2008-06-18
Final Day - North Wales 18:00 2008-06-21 to 20:00 2008-06-21
Final Day - South Wales 13:00 2008-06-22 to 19:00 2008-06-22

PoolsEdit

Qualified for the Championship Semi Finals
Qualified for the 5th to 8th Placed Play offs
Qualified for the 9th to 12th Placed Play offs
Qualified for the 13th to 16th Placed Play offs

Pool AEdit

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Tries For Against Difference BP Points
  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 25 173 19 +154 3 15
  Argentina 3 2 0 1 6 47 69 –32 1 9
  Ireland 3 1 0 2 6 64 109 –45 1 5
  Tonga 3 0 0 3 3 46 123 –77 0 0
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue
6 June 2008   New Zealand 48–9   Tonga Arms Park, Cardiff
6 June 2008   Argentina 17–9   Ireland Arms Park, Cardiff
10 June 2008   Argentina 30–10   Tonga Arms Park, Cardiff
10 June 2008   New Zealand 65–10   Ireland Arms Park, Cardiff
14 June 2008   Ireland 45–27   Tonga Arms Park, Cardiff
14 June 2008   New Zealand 60–0   Argentina Arms Park, Cardiff

Pool BEdit

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Tries For Against Difference BP Points
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 27 196 32 +164 2 14
  Samoa 3 2 0 1 7 60 39 +21 1 9
  Scotland 3 1 0 2 8 61 115 –54 1 5
  United States 3 0 0 3 3 38 169 –131 0 0
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue
6 June 2008   South Africa 108–18   United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
6 June 2008   Samoa 29–17   Scotland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
10 June 2008   Samoa 20–6   United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
10 June 2008   South Africa 72–3   Scotland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
14 June 2008   Scotland 41–14   United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
14 June 2008   South Africa 16–11   Samoa Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

Pool CEdit

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Tries For Against Difference BP Points
  England 3 3 0 0 17 119 48 +71 2 14
  Australia 3 2 0 1 27 147 47 +100 3 11
  Canada 3 1 0 2 5 47 151 –104 0 4
  Fiji 3 0 0 3 4 44 111 –67 1 1
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue
6 June 2008   Australia 81–12   Canada Rodney Parade, Newport
6 June 2008   England 41–17   Fiji Rodney Parade, Newport
10 June 2008   England 60–18   Canada Rodney Parade, Newport
10 June 2008   Australia 53–17   Fiji Rodney Parade, Newport
14 June 2008   Australia 13–18   England Rodney Parade, Newport
14 June 2008   Fiji 10–17   Canada Rodney Parade, Newport

Pool DEdit

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Tries For Against Difference BP Points
  Wales 3 3 0 0 11 85 39 +46 2 14
  France 3 2 0 1 13 104 54 +50 3 11
  Italy 3 1 0 2 4 48 81 –33 0 4
  Japan 3 0 0 3 7 47 110 –63 1 1
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue
6 June 2008   France 53–17   Japan Liberty Stadium, Swansea
6 June 2008   Wales 29–10   Italy Liberty Stadium, Swansea
10 June 2008   France 32–14   Italy Liberty Stadium, Swansea
10 June 2008   Wales 33–10   Japan Liberty Stadium, Swansea
14 June 2008   Japan 20–24   Italy Liberty Stadium, Swansea
14 June 2008   Wales 23–19   France Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Knockout stageEdit

13th-16th Places Playoffs

Semi-finals Final
      
1   Tonga 17
4   Japan 5
  Tonga 28
  Fiji 20
3   United States 22
2   Fiji 27
13th-16th Places Playoffs
Date Home Score Away Venue
18 June 2008   Tonga 17–5   Japan Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
18 June 2008   United States 22–27   Fiji Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
15th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008   Japan 44–8   United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
13th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008   Tonga 28–20   Fiji Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

9th-12th Place Playoffs

Semi-finals Final
      
1   Ireland 9
4   Italy 6
  Ireland 39
  Scotland 12
3   Scotland 15
2   Canada 10
9th-12th Places Playoffs
Date Home Score Away Venue
18 June 2008   Scotland 15–10   Canada Rodney Parade, Newport
18 June 2008   Ireland 9–6   Italy Arms Park, Cardiff
11th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008   Italy 33–10   Canada Arms Park, Cardiff
9th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008   Ireland 39–12   Scotland Rodney Parade, Newport

5th-8th Places Playoffs

Semi-finals Final
      
1   Argentina 6
4   France 30
  France 21
  Australia 42
3   Samoa 0
2   Australia 32
5th-8th Places Playoffs
Date Home Score Away Venue
18 June 2008   Argentina 6–30   France Liberty Stadium, Swansea
18 June 2008   Samoa 0–32   Australia Liberty Stadium, Swansea
7th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008   Argentina 10–30   Samoa Rodney Parade, Newport
5th Place Play-Off
Date Home Score Away Venue
21 June 2008   France 21–42   Australia Arms Park, Cardiff

1st place playoffs

Semi-finals Final
      
1   New Zealand 31
4   Wales 6
  New Zealand 38
  England 3
3   South Africa 18
2   England 26

Semi-finalsEdit

18 June 2008
19:15
New Zealand   31–6   Wales
(Report)

18 June 2008
19:15
South Africa   18–26   England
(Report)

3rd place playoffsEdit

22 June 2008
17:00
Wales   18–43   South Africa
(Report)

FinalEdit

22 June 2008
19:00
New Zealand   38–3   England
(Report)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 8537
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

See alsoEdit

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