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World Rugby Under 20 Championship

The World Rugby Under 20 Championship (known as the IRB Junior World Championship until 2014) is an international rugby union competition. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, World Rugby, and is contested by 12 men's junior national teams with an under-20 age requirement. This event replaced the IRB's former age-grade world championships, the Under 19 and Under 21 World Championships.

World Rugby Under 20 Championship
Recent competition:
2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship
World Rugby Under 20 Championship logo.png
Competition logo
SportRugby union
Instituted2008
Number of teams12
CountryInternational (World Rugby)
Holders France (2nd title)
Most titles New Zealand (6 titles)

The inaugural tournament was held in June 2008, hosted by Wales and with 16 teams participating. Wales was announced as host for the inaugural tournament in November 2007.[1] The number of participating nations was reduced to 12 before the 2010 tournament due to financial reasons.[2]

The U20 Championship is the upper level of the World Rugby tournament structure for under-20 national sides. At the same time that the U20 Championship was launched, World Rugby (then known as the International Rugby Board) also launched a second-level competition, the U20 Trophy, featuring eight teams.

Promotion and relegation between the Trophy and the Championship is in place. The winner of the Trophy will play in next year's Championship, while the last placed team at the Championship will be relegated to the Trophy for the next year.

Tournament resultsEdit

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2008   Wales  
New Zealand
38–3  
England
 
South Africa
43–18  
Wales
2009   Japan  
New Zealand
44–28  
England
 
South Africa
32–5  
Australia
2010   Argentina  
New Zealand
62–17  
Australia
 
South Africa
27–22  
England
2011   Italy  
New Zealand
33–22  
England
 
Australia
30–17  
France
2012   South Africa  
South Africa
22–16  
New Zealand
 
Wales
25–17  
Argentina
2013   France  
England
23–15  
Wales
 
South Africa
41–34  
New Zealand
2014   New Zealand  
England
21–20  
South Africa
 
New Zealand
45–23  
Ireland
2015   Italy  
New Zealand
21–16  
England
 
South Africa
31–18  
France
2016   England  
England
45–21  
Ireland
 
Argentina
49–19  
South Africa
2017   Georgia  
New Zealand
64–17  
England
 
South Africa
37–15  
France
2018   France  
France
33–25  
England
 
South Africa
40–30  
New Zealand
2019   Argentina  
France
24–23  
Australia
 
South Africa
41–16  
Argentina
2020   Italy

Team recordsEdit

Team Titles Runners-up Third Fourth
  New Zealand 6 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017) 1 (2012) 1 (2014) 2 (2013, 2018)
  England 3 (2013, 2014, 2016) 6 (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018) 1 (2010)
  France 2 (2018, 2019) 3 (2011, 2015, 2017)
  South Africa 1 (2012) 1 (2014) 8 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) 1 (2016)
  Australia 2 (2010, 2019) 1 (2011) 1 (2009)
  Wales 1 (2013) 1 (2012) 1 (2008)
  Ireland - 1 (2016) - 1 (2014)
  Argentina 1 (2016) 2 (2012, 2019)

Participating nationsEdit

Team  
2008
 
2009
 
2010
 
2011
 
2012
 
2013
 
2014
 
2015
 
2016
 
2017
 
2018
 
2019
 
2020
Years
  Argentina 8th 11th 6th 9th 4th 6th 9th 9th 3rd 11th 6th 4th q 13
  Australia 5th 4th 2nd 3rd 8th 7th 5th 5th 6th 6th 5th 2nd q 13
  Canada 12th 14th WT WT WT WT WT WT - WT WT WT - 2
  England 2nd 2nd 4th 2nd 7th 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 5th q 13
  Fiji 14th 12th 8th 6th 11th 11th 12th WT WT WT WT 11th q 8
  France 6th 5th 5th 4th 6th 5th 6th 4th 9th 4th 1st 1st q 13
  Georgia WT - - WT WT - WT WT 10th 10th 9th 10th q 5
  Ireland 9th 8th 9th 8th 5th 8th 4th 7th 2nd 9th 11th 8th q 13
  Italy 11th 13th WT 11th 12th WT 11th 11th 11th 8th 8th 9th q 11
  Japan 15th 15th WT WT WT WT WT 10th 12th WT 12th WT q 6
  New Zealand 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 1st 5th 1st 4th 7th q 13
  Samoa 7th 7th 12th WT 10th 9th 8th 12th WT 12th WT - - 8
  Scotland 10th 9th 10th 10th 9th 10th 10th 8th 8th 5th 10th 12th WT 12
  South Africa 3rd 3rd 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd q 13
  Tonga 13th 10th 11th 12th WT WT WT WT - - - WT - 4
  United States 16th WT - WT WT 12th WT - WT - - - - 2
  Uruguay WT 16th WT WT - WT WT WT WT WT WT WT - 1
  Wales 4th 6th 7th 7th 3rd 2nd 7th 6th 7th 7th 7th 6th q 13
Total 16 16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Legend

World Rugby Junior Player of the YearEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit