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World Rugby Under 20 Championship 2020


The 2020 World Rugby Under 20 Championship was to have been the thirteenth version of the head age-grade rugby rivalry. The competition was to be in Italy for the third time, already being held in 2011 and 2015. Second-time champions France would have been the shielding champions.

On 20 March 2020, World Rugby declared that the title was dropped because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host nation Italy
No. of nations 12

World Rugby Under 20 Championship Facts

Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2008
Number of teams 12
Country International (World Rugby)
Holders France (2nd title)
Most titles New Zealand (6 titles)

Tournament Results

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 (cancelled) Cancelled Cancelled
2021 United States TBD TBD

Team records

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 nations

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
  •    = Hosts
  • 1st = Champions
  • 2nd = Runners-up
  • 3rd = Third place
  • 4th = Fourth place
  • Place = Relegated to World Rugby Under 20 Trophy
  • WT = Competed in the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy
  • q = Qualified
  •  = Did not qualify

World Rugby Junior Player of the Year

Year Name Nation
2008 Luke Braid New Zealand
2009 Aaron Cruden New Zealand
2010 Julian Savea New Zealand
2011 George Ford England
2012 Jan Serfontein South Africa
2013 Sam Davies Wales
2014 Handré Pollard South Africa
2015 James Chisholm England
2016 Max Deegan Ireland
2017 Juarno Augustus South Africa
2018 Jordan Joseph France
2019 Juan Pablo Castro Argentina
2020 cancelled cancelled