2014 IRB Junior World Championship

The 2014 IRB Junior World Championship was the seventh annual international rugby union competition for Under 20 national teams. The event was organised in Auckland, New Zealand by rugby's governing body, World Rugby, then known as the International Rugby Board.[1][n 1] A total of 12 nations took part in the tournament. England went into the tournament as defending champions, after winning the tournament for the first time in 2013. England went on to win the Championship for a second time in two years. While hosts New Zealand, the most successful team in the tournament, were looking to win the title for the first time since 2011.

2014 IRB Junior World Championship
2014 JWC logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host nation New Zealand
Date2–20 June 2014
No. of nations12
Final positions
Champions England
Runner-up South Africa
Third place New Zealand
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
2013 France
2015 Italy

Italy were the champions of the 2013 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, thus being promoted to the Championship. Fiji finished last in 2014 and therefore were relegated to the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy for 2015.

This was the final event to be known as the "IRB Junior World Championship". Following the renaming of the governing body as World Rugby, the Championship was renamed the World Rugby Under 20 Championship, and the second-tier competition was renamed from "IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy" to World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.

VenuesEdit

The championship was held across three two location, Auckland and Pukekohe. ECOLight Stadium and QBE Stadium are only designated to the pool matches, while Eden Park will be used for top three play-offs; Final, 3rd place play-off and 5th place play-off.

City/Town Venue Capacity
Auckland Eden Park 50,000
Auckland QBE Stadium 25,000
Pukekohe ECOLight Stadium 12,000

TeamsEdit

The following teams participated in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship:[3]

Pool Team No. of Tournaments Position 2013 Position 2014 Notes
A   Argentina 7 6th 9th
A   Australia 7 7th 5th
A   England 7 1st 1st Champions
A   Italy 5 DNP 11th Promoted from 2013 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy
B   Fiji 7 11th 12th Relegated to 2015 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy
B   France 7 5th 6th
B   Ireland 7 8th 4th
B   Wales 7 2nd 7th
C   Samoa 5 9th 8th
C   Scotland 7 10th 10th
C   New Zealand 7 4th 3rd Bronze Medal Winner
C   South Africa 7 3rd 2nd Runners-up

Match officialsEdit

Below are the list of officials that officiated across the 30 matches:[4]

Pool stageEdit

The playing schedule and pools were announced on 28 November 2013.[5]

Key to colours in group tables
Teams advances to Finals
Teams in the 5–8th place play-offs
Teams in the 9–12th place play-offs

All times are in New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+12)

The points awarded in the Pool Stage are as follows:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus scoring point for scoring 4 or more tries
  • 1 bonus losing point for losing by 7 or less points
  • 0 points for a loss above 7 points

If at completion of the Pool Stage two or more teams are level on points the following tiebreakers are applied:

  1. The winner of the Match in which the two tied Teams have played each other;
  2. The Team which has the best difference between points scored for and points scored against in all its Pool Matches;
  3. The Team which has the best difference between tries scored for and tries scored against in all its Pool Matches;
  4. The Team which has scored most points in all its Pool Matches;
  5. The Team which has scored most tries in all its Pool Matches; and
  6. If none of the above produce a result, then it will be resolved with a toss of a coin.

Pld = matches played, W = matches won, D = draws, L = losses, PF = match points for, PA = match points against, PD = Points difference between match points for and match points against, TF = tries for, TA = tries against, BP = bonus points, Pts = pool points

Pool AEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
  England 3 3 0 0 118 43 +75 15 4 2 14
  Australia 3 2 0 1 89 58 +31 11 7 2 10
  Italy 3 1 0 2 35 118 −83 2 15 0 4
  Argentina 3 0 0 3 59 82 −23 5 7 2 2

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
  Ireland 3 2 0 1 86 40 +46 10 4 3 11
  Wales 3 2 0 1 82 57 +25 10 7 1 9
  France 3 2 0 1 59 31 +28 7 −3 1 9
  Fiji 3 0 0 3 24 123 −89 4 17 0 0

Pool CEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 115 37 +78 16 5 2 14
  New Zealand 3 2 0 1 126 52 +74 18 7 2 10
  Samoa 3 1 0 2 47 87 −40 6 13 0 4
  Scotland 3 0 0 3 30 142 −112 5 20 0 0

Standings after Pool StageEdit

Overall Standings
Pool Pos Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
C1 1   South Africa 3 3 0 0 115 37 +78 16 5 2 14
A1 2   England 3 3 0 0 118 43 +75 15 4 2 14
B1 3   Ireland 3 2 0 1 86 40 +46 10 4 3 11
C2 4   New Zealand 3 2 0 1 126 52 +74 18 7 2 10
A2 5   Australia 3 2 0 1 89 58 +31 11 7 2 10
B2 6   Wales 3 2 0 1 82 57 +25 10 7 1 9
B3 7   France 3 2 0 1 59 31 +28 7 −3 1 9
C3 8   Samoa 3 1 0 2 47 87 −40 6 13 0 4
A3 9   Italy 3 1 0 2 35 118 −83 2 15 0 4
A4 10   Argentina 3 0 0 3 59 82 −23 5 7 2 2
B4 11   Fiji 3 0 0 3 24 123 −89 4 17 0 0
C4 12   Scotland 3 0 0 3 30 142 −112 5 20 0 0

Knockout stageEdit

9–12th place play-offsEdit

 
Semifinals9th place
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Argentina38
 
 
 
  Fiji12
 
  Argentina41
 
 
 
  Scotland21
 
  Italy18
 
 
  Scotland21
 
11th place
 
 
 
 
 
  Fiji17
 
 
  Italy22

SemifinalsEdit

11th place gameEdit

9th place gameEdit

5–8th place play-offsEdit

 
Semifinals5th place
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Australia53
 
 
 
  Samoa16
 
  Australia34
 
 
 
  France27
 
  Wales18
 
 
  France19
 
7th place
 
 
 
 
 
  Samoa3
 
 
'  Wales20

SemifinalsEdit

7th place gameEdit

5th place gameEdit

FinalsEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
  England42
 
 
 
  Ireland15
 
  England21
 
 
 
  South Africa20
 
  South Africa32
 
 
  New Zealand25
 
3rd place
 
 
 
 
 
  Ireland23
 
 
  New Zealand45

SemifinalsEdit

3rd place gameEdit

FinalEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The IRB became World Rugby on 19 November 2014.[2]

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