Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament

The Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament is a prestigious international rugby union tournament for 15-a-side youth teams which is held every year during the Golden Week holidays (29 April – 5/6 May) in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. Participation is by invitation only, and the overseas schools selected by their respective unions to represent their country are generally expected to be of a high standard and among the top five in each country. The event is hosted by the Japan Rugby Football Union and supported by various local bodies including the Kyushu RFU, the Sanix Sports Foundation and Munakata City. The Global Arena in Munakata, Fukuoka on the island of Kyūshū is the venue for this tournament.

Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament
SportRugby union
Inaugural season2000
No. of teams16 (boys)
8 (girls' sevens)
Venue(s)Global Arena, Munakata
Most recent
South Africa Paul Roos Gymnasium (2nd title)
Most titlesNew Zealand Hamilton Boys' High School (3 titles)
National High School Rugby Tournament
National 1st XV Championship
NatWest Schools Cup
Scottish Rugby Schools' Cup


In 2000 the first tournament was contested by 11 Japanese and five foreign high school teams from various countries. (The tournament expanded from 16 to 20 schools in 2009, thus increasing in both size and importance.) It is a unique competition in world rugby for high schools, and is almost a "mini World Cup". The idea was devised and initially funded by the Sanix company president Mr. Munemasa. Sanix still provides about half the substantial costs for overseas teams to participate.

Three or four of the Japanese teams are from the local area Kyūshū, where high school rugby is particularly strong. The rest are from elsewhere in Japan. A Scottish pipe band is a regular fixture, though there was no band in 2007. However Dollar Academy has participated twice as Scotland's sole representative so far in the tournament in 2000 and 2004, and George Watson's College Pipe Band, Edinburgh have played both the opening and closing ceremonies from 2008 to date. One Italian team (Istituto Casteller) took part in 2002, and Camarthenshire College from Wales has also participated.

In 2014 the tournament debuted a girls' rugby sevens tournament to run parallel to the boys' competition. The debut girls' tournament was won by a Kanto regional selection team, and the most recent champions are St Mary's College, Wellington who won the 2017 tournament.

Dax Landes High School, 2009 champions, together with the runners-up Higashi Fukuoka H.S. after the final

Competing nationsEdit

As of 2018 a total of 20 countries have participated in at least one edition of the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament, with many countries being represented annually. Nations who have competed in the tournament are as follows:


Boys' competitionEdit

Marist College Canberra 2006 Sanix Rugby Squad Australia
Year # of Teams Final Losing semi-finalists
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Fourth place
2000 16   The King's School 28-5   Paul Roos Gymnasium   Aranui High School   Dollar Academy
2001 24   Grey College -   St Peter's College   Higashi Fukuoka High School   St Mary's College
2002 16   Hoër Landbouskool Boland[1][circular reference] 32 - 10   Sendai Ikuei Gakuen H.S.   Ratu Kadavulevu School   Wesley College
2003 16   Rotorua Boys' High School -   Tonga College   St Alban's College   Royal Belfast Academical
2004 16   Rotorua Boys' High School 36 - 18   Higashi Fukuoka High School   Ermelo High School   St Stanislaus' College
2005 16   Christchurch Boys' H.S. 32 - 8   The Southport School   Hoërskool Waterkloof   Osaka Institute Technology
2006 16   Christchurch Boys' H.S. 34 - 20   Monument High School   Tokai Uni. Gyosei H.S.   Higashi Fukuoka High School
2007 16   Westfields Sports H.S. -   Higashi Fukuoka High School   Christchurch Boys' H.S.   Avele College
2008 16   Glenwood High School 39 - 0   Tarbes High School   Gisborne Boys' H.S.   St Edmund's College
2009 20   Dax Landes High School 38 - 30   Higashi Fukuoka High School   Glenwood High School   De La Salle College
2010 16   Hamilton Boys' H.S. 40 - 8   Truro College   The Hills Sports H.S.   Marais Viljoen High School
2011 16   Hamilton Boys' H.S. 35 - 17   Ivybridge Community College   Paarl Boys' High School   Toin Gakuen H.S.
2012 16   Kelston Boys' High School 37 - 24   Truro College   Tonga College   Tokai Uni. Gyosei H.S.
2013 16   St Kentigern College 40 - 8   Hartpury College   St Joseph's College   Daniel Pienaar Technical H.S.
2014 16   Hamilton Boys' H.S. 15 - 11   Paarl Boys' High School   Lycée Louis de Foix   Tokai Uni. Gyosei H.S.
2015 16   Paul Roos Gymnasium 35 - 3   Brisbane Boys' College   Scots College   Truro College
2016 16   Glenwood High School 45 - 6   Higashi Fukuoka High School   Rotorua Boys' High School   Truro College
2017 16   Lycée de la Borde Basse 9 - 3   Mt Albert Grammar School   Higashi Fukuoka High School   Toin Gakuen H.S.
2018 16   Ratu Kadavulevu School 35 - 5   Hastings Boys' H.S.   St Augustine's College   Osaka Toin High School
2019 16   Paul Roos Gymnasium 52 - 5   St Peters College   Toin Gakuen H.S.   Waverley College

Schools with multiple appearancesEdit

Christchurch Boys High School, 2005 and 2006 champions

In the table below, teams are ordered first by number of appearances, then by number of wins, and finally by year of first appearance. In the "Seasons" column, bold years indicate winning seasons.

Appearances School Seasons
8   Higashi Fukuoka High School 2004, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
6   Enisei-STM 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
4   Truro College 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016
4   Saga Industrial (Technical) High School 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
3   Hamilton Boys' High School '2009', 2010, 2011, 2014
3   Paul Roos Gymnasium 2000, 2015, 2019
3   Rotorua Boys' High School 2003, 2004, 2016
3   Glenwood High School 2008, 2009, 2016
3   Osaka Toin High School 2017, 2018, 2019
3   Toin Gakuen High School 2017, 2018, 2019
2   Christchurch Boys' High School 2005, 2006
2   Onomichi High School 2015, 2018
2   Kyoto Seisho High School 2015, 2019
2   Iwami Chisuikan High School 2015, 2019
2   Tokai University Gyosei High School 2017, 2018
2   Tokai University Sagami High School 2017, 2018
2   Framesby High School[2] 2017, 2018
2   Exeter College 2018, 2019

Girls' sevens competitionEdit

Year # of Teams Final Losing semi-finalists
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Fourth place
2014 8   Kanto Selection 35 - 21   Sunshine Coast Stingrays   Fukuoka Ladies' R.F.C.   Feilding High School
2015 8   Hamilton Girls' H.S. 31 - 12   Fukuoka Ladies' R.F.C.   Iwami Chisuikan H.S.   Hong Kong Sports School
2016 8   Otemon Gakuen H.S. 38 - 5   Tochigi Strawberries   Hamilton Girls' High School   Fukuoka Ladies' R.F.C.
2017 8   St Mary's College 26 - 22   Kokugakuen Uni. Tochigi H.S.   Hartpury College   Aranmore Catholic College
2018 8   Iwami Chisuikan H.S. 17 - 10   Hamilton Girls' H.S.   Otemon Gakuen H.S.   Fukuoka Ladies R.F.C.

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