2008 IRB Junior World Championship

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.

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.

Venues

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

Calendar

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

Pools

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 A

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 -76 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 B

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 C

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 D

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 stage

13th-16th Places Playoffs

Semi-finals Final
               
  Tonga 17  
  Japan 5  
      Tonga 28
    Fiji 20
  United States 22
  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
               
  Ireland 9  
  Italy 6  
      Ireland 39
    Scotland 12
  Scotland 15
  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
               
  Argentina 6  
  France 30  
      France 21
    Australia 42
  Samoa 0
  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
               
  New Zealand 31  
  Wales 6  
      New Zealand 38
    England 3
  South Africa 18
  England 26  

Semi-finals

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

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

3rd place playoffs

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

Final

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

Assistant Referee1 - James Bolabiu | Assistant Referee 2 - Huw Watkins

Aaron Smith - NZL Temporarily suspended from 30' to 40' 30' to 40'

Calum Clark - ENG Red card 32'

See also

External links

  • Official website