World Rugby Under 20 Championship 2023


2023 Under 20 Championship Facts
Tournament details
Host nationSouth Africa
Date24 June – 14 July 2023
No. of nations12

Venues

StellenboschPaarlWellington
Danie Craven StadiumPaarl GimnasiumBoland Stadium
Capacity: 16,000Capacity: 11,000

2020 World Rugby Under 20 Championship

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 nationItaly
No. of nations12

World Rugby Under 20 Championship Facts

SportRugby union
Instituted2008
Number of teams12
CountryInternational (World Rugby)
HoldersFrance (2nd title)
Most titlesNew Zealand (6 titles)

Tournament Results

YearHostFinalThird place match
WinnerScoreRunner-up3rd placeScore4th place
2008WalesNew Zealand38–3EnglandSouth Africa43–18Wales
2009JapanNew Zealand44–28EnglandSouth Africa32–5Australia
2010ArgentinaNew Zealand62–17AustraliaSouth Africa27–22England
2011ItalyNew Zealand33–22EnglandAustralia30–17France
2012South AfricaSouth Africa22–16New ZealandWales25–17Argentina
2013FranceEngland23–15WalesSouth Africa41–34New Zealand
2014New ZealandEngland21–20South AfricaNew Zealand45–23Ireland
2015ItalyNew Zealand21–16EnglandSouth Africa31–18France
2016EnglandEngland45–21IrelandArgentina49–19South Africa
2017GeorgiaNew Zealand64–17EnglandSouth Africa37–15France
2018FranceFrance33–25EnglandSouth Africa40–30New Zealand
2019ArgentinaFrance24–23AustraliaSouth Africa41–16Argentina
2020Italy (cancelled)CancelledCancelled
2021United StatesTBDTBD

Team records

TeamTitlesRunners-upThirdFourth
New Zealand6 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017)1 (2012)1 (2014)2 (2013, 2018)
England3 (2013, 2014, 2016)6 (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018)1 (2010)
France2 (2018, 2019)3 (2011, 2015, 2017)
South Africa1 (2012)1 (2014)8 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)1 (2016)
Australia2 (2010, 2019)1 (2011)1 (2009)
Wales1 (2013)1 (2012)1 (2008)
Ireland1 (2016)1 (2014)
Argentina1 (2016)2 (2012, 2019)

Participating nations

Team2008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020Years
Argentina8th11th6th9th4th6th9th9th3rd11th6th4thq13
Australia5th4th2nd3rd8th7th5th5th6th6th5th2ndq13
Canada12th14thWTWTWTWTWTWTWTWTWT2
England2nd2nd4th2nd7th1st1st2nd1st2nd2nd5thq13
Fiji14th12th8th6th11th11th12thWTWTWTWT11thq8
France6th5th5th4th6th5th6th4th9th4th1st1stq13
GeorgiaWTWTWTWTWT10th10th9th10thq5
Ireland9th8th9th8th5th8th4th7th2nd9th11th8thq13
Italy11th13thWT11th12thWT11th11th11th8th8th9thq11
Japan15th15thWTWTWTWTWT10th12thWT12thWTq6
New Zealand1st1st1st1st2nd4th3rd1st5th1st4th7thq13
Samoa7th7th12thWT10th9th8th12thWT12thWT8
Scotland10th9th10th10th9th10th10th8th8th5th10th12thWT12
South Africa3rd3rd3rd5th1st3rd2nd3rd4th3rd3rd3rdq13
Tonga13th10th11th12thWTWTWTWTWT4
United States16thWTWTWT12thWTWT2
UruguayWT16thWTWTWTWTWTWTWTWTWT1
Wales4th6th7th7th3rd2nd7th6th7th7th7th6thq13
Total16161212121212121212121212
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

YearNameNation
2008Luke BraidNew Zealand
2009Aaron CrudenNew Zealand
2010Julian SaveaNew Zealand
2011George FordEngland
2012Jan SerfonteinSouth Africa
2013Sam DaviesWales
2014Handré PollardSouth Africa
2015James ChisholmEngland
2016Max DeeganIreland
2017Juarno AugustusSouth Africa
2018Jordan JosephFrance
2019Juan Pablo CastroArgentina
2020cancelledcancelled