The U-20 tournament in Manchester, England, has ended its preliminary, three pool rounds. The four teams advancing to the semi-finals are Ireland, Argentina, England (top seed), and South Africa. Past semi-finalists, New Zealand and Australia, join Wales and Scotland to contest the fifth through eighth place slots.
The last four placements - 9th through 12th, or last place - will see battles... Read More
The World Rugby U-20 twelve team tournament in England began on June 4th with five predictable results and one major upset as Scotland defeated Australia 15-10, the only northern hemisphere victory against a southern hemisphere fifteen.
New Zealand routed Georgia 55-0, Argentina beat France 24-15, and South Africa walloped Japan 59-19. England had an easy time, defeating Italy 48-10.
The action... Read More
This Tuesday, June 7, commences the annual World Rugby U20 tournament with twelve teams participating in three pools. The venues are at A.G. Bell Stadium in Salford, England, and Academy Stadium in Manchester.
Pool A: New Zealand, Georgia, Wales, and Ireland
Pool B: Australia, Scotland, England, and Italy
Pool C: South Africa, Japan, France, and Argentina
The Junior All Blacks hold the title... Read More
The last game for the U20 USA Junior All Americans will occur against Uruguay Sunday, May 1, to decide fifth place in the current JWT tournament in Harare, Zimbabwe. Spain and Samoa will battle for the top spot, the winner to be promoted to the World Rugby U20 World Championship next year.
It is a credit to Coach Stephenson that the USA have been competitive, losing narrowly to Namibia and... Read More
The USA U20 team (1-1) beat Hong Kong 32-12 on Saturday to set up a showdown with undefeated Spain (2-0) in Pool B of the World Rugby U20 Trophy Championship in Harare, Zimbabwe. The winner of this two pool, eight-team event will advance to the upper bracket U20 Junior World Championship in 2017 to be held in Georgia.
Pool A - Zimbabwe, Fiji, Uruguay, Samoa
Pool B - USA, Spain, Hong Kong,... Read More
In the year 2016, rugby in America has been around long enough for grandfathers in their 70s to treat sons, daughters, and grandchildren to gala rugby events abroad and at home.
In addition, with the proliferation of youth rugby, more children at an early age are being exposed to rugby as an enjoyable sport to play and to watch.
A fine youth rugby example is the recent Vancouver 7s in its... Read More
New Zealand retained its first U-20 title in three years, defeating England 21-16, the game played at Giovanni Zini Stadium in Cremona, Italy. The Baby Blacks led narrowly 11-10 at the half, and held on for the win. This tournament has been dominated historically by the Baby Blacks and Red Roses, with only South Africa taking the crown one time.
The Junior Springboks enjoyed a relatively easy... Read More
New Zealand and England will meet in the U-20 finals this Saturday, June 20th in Italy, the tournament host. Both squads advanced with semi-final victories. The Baby Blacks defeated France 45-7, while England were eight points better than the Junior Springboks 28-20.
It will be the fourth final in eight total that New Zealand and England have met for the championship. These teams total six of... Read More
The third and qualifying round of the 2015 U-20 tournament in Italy witnessed four powerhouses advancing into the semis. New Zealand, South Africa, France, and England are the four sides that can win the title in the twelve-nation competition.
On Wednesday, the Baby Blacks* defeated Ireland 25-3, the Junior Springboks romped over Ireland, and France handed England a stinging defeat 30-18. England... Read More
The second round of the U-20 Tournament in Italy resulted in all favorites winning, and, surprisingly, the six teams that are 2-0 will meet each other in the final round on Wednesday, June 10th. On that day, England play France in Pool A, Australia play South Africa in Pool B, and New Zealand play Ireland in Pool C.
New Zealand won a thrilling contest against Argentine 32-29, while, in the other... Read More