2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship

The 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship was the eighth annual international rugby union competition for Under 20 national teams. The event was organised for the second time in Italy by rugby's governing body, World Rugby.[1] Twelve nations played in the tournament, with matches hosted by Parma, Viadana, Calvisano and Cremona, host city of the final match. England went into the tournament as the two-time defending champions after they successfully defended their title in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship (as the tournament was known through 2014). This was the first U20 Championship held after the sport's governing body changed its name from the International Rugby Board to the current World Rugby.

2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship
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Tournament details
Host nation Italy
Date2–20 June 2015
No. of nations12
Final positions
Champions New Zealand
Runner-up England
Third place South Africa
Fourth place France
2014 New Zealand
2016 England

New Zealand won the title after a 21–16 win against England in the final.[2][3][4]

VenuesEdit

The championship was held across four locations. Parma, Viadana and Calvisano hosted pool matches, with the latter two hosting semi-finals for each bracket (teams 1–4, 5–8 and 9–12). Cremona hosted the final and two of the remaining positional play-offs, with Calvisano hosting the others.

Location Venue Capacity
Cremona Stadio Giovanni Zini 20,641
Viadana Stadio Luigi Zaffanella 6,000
Calvisano Stadio San Michele 5,000
Parma Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi 5,000

TeamsEdit

The following teams participated in the 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship:

Pool Team No. of Tournaments Position 2014 Position 2015 Notes
A   England 8 1st 2nd Runners-up
A   France 8 6th 4th
A   Japan 3 DNP 10th Promoted from 2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy
A   Wales 8 7th 6th
B   Australia 8 5th 5th
B   Italy 6 11th 11th
B   South Africa 8 2nd 3rd Bronze Medal Winner
B   Samoa 6 8th 12th Relegated to 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy
C   Argentina 8 9th 9th
C   Ireland 8 4th 7th
C   New Zealand 8 3rd 1st Champions
C   Scotland 8 10th 8th

Match officialsEdit

The following officials oversaw the thirty matches:[5][6][7]

  • TMO Shaun Veldsman travelled to Italy for the semi-finals and the final.

Pool stageEdit

The playing schedule and pools were announced on 25 November 2014.[8]

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 Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

Points were awarded in the Pool Stage via the standard points system:

  • 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 were level on points, the following tiebreakers were 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
  France 3 3 0 0 96 35 +61 13 4 1 13
  England 3 2 0 1 107 53 +54 15 6 2 10
  Wales 3 1 0 2 92 52 +40 12 7 1 5
  Japan 3 0 0 3 17 172 –155 2 26 0 0

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 119 26 +93 16 4 3 15
  Australia 3 2 0 1 78 83 –5 11 11 2 10
  Samoa 3 1 0 2 60 98 –38 7 14 0 4
  Italy 3 0 0 3 44 94 –50 7 12 2 2

Pool CEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 125 42 +83 16 3 2 14
  Ireland 3 2 0 1 45 61 –16 2 6 0 8
  Scotland 3 1 0 2 59 98 –39 6 11 1 5
  Argentina 3 0 0 3 51 79 –28 3 7 2 2

Standings after pool stageEdit

Overall Standings
Pool Pos Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
B1 1   South Africa 3 3 0 0 119 26 +93 16 4 3 15
C1 2   New Zealand 3 3 0 0 125 42 +83 16 3 2 14
A1 3   France 3 3 0 0 96 35 +61 13 4 1 13
A2 4   England 3 2 0 1 107 53 +54 15 5 2 10
B2 5   Australia 3 2 0 1 78 83 −5 11 11 2 10
C2 6   Ireland 3 2 0 1 45 61 −16 2 6 0 8
A3 7   Wales 3 1 0 2 92 52 +40 12 7 1 5
C3 8   Scotland 3 1 0 2 59 98 −39 6 11 1 5
B3 9   Samoa 3 1 0 2 60 98 −38 7 14 0 4
C4 10   Argentina 3 0 0 3 51 79 −28 3 7 2 2
B4 11   Italy 3 0 0 3 44 94 −50 7 12 2 2
A4 12   Japan 3 0 0 3 17 172 −155 2 26 0 0

Knockout stageEdit

9–12th place play-offsEdit

 
Semi-finals9th place
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Samoa12
 
 
 
  Japan29
 
  Japan21
 
 
 
  Argentina38
 
  Argentina46
 
 
  Italy5
 
11th place
 
 
 
 
 
  Samoa19
 
 
  Italy20

Semi-finalsEdit

11th place gameEdit

9th place gameEdit

5–8th place play-offsEdit

 
Semi-finals5th place
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Australia31
 
 
 
  Scotland21
 
  Australia28
 
 
 
  Wales23
 
  Ireland12
 
 
  Wales22
 
7th place
 
 
 
 
 
  Scotland9
 
 
  Ireland17

Semi-finalsEdit

7th place gameEdit

5th place gameEdit

FinalsEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
  South Africa20
 
 
 
  England28
 
  England16
 
 
 
  New Zealand21
 
  New Zealand45
 
 
  France7
 
3rd place
 
 
 
 
 
  South Africa31
 
 
  France18

Semi-finalsEdit

3rd place gameEdit

FinalEdit

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