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Junior World Championship: Facts and figures

09 June 2011

  • Facts, figures and notable performances in JWC history
  • England start tournament against Ireland in Treviso tomorrow

England Under 20 kick off their IRB Junior World Championship title tilt against Ireland tomorrow and there have been many milestones during the three editions of the IRB Junior World Championship. And JWC 2011 promises to deliver many more, as shown with these informative stats from

Those brilliant Baby Blacks

New Zealand Under 20 Julian Savea scores against Australia in the final of the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship

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New Zealand have never lost a JWC match, and have conceded only 12 tries in the three Under 20 tournaments to date.

The Baby Blacks have scored the most points of any team, 719 points in total.

Whoever scores New Zealand’s first try in the opening match against Italy will have the honour of notching the Baby Blacks’ 100th try in JWC history.

All Black Zac Guildford has scored the most tries (10) in JWC history; two in 2008 and eight in 2009 in Japan, the latter being the equal biggest haul at a single tournament. Countryman Julian Savea matched that performance at JWC 2010 in Argentina.

Savea also shares the record for the most tries in a single JWC match; four against Samoa. Australians Richard Kingi and current Wallaby Kurtley Beale also grabbed four, against Canada in 2009, while their countryman, Dane Haylett-Petty, did the same against the Canadians the previous year.

New Zealand’s Tyler Bleyendaal has scored the most points by an individual in a single tournament: 82 in 2010. Bleyendaal also holds the record for the most conversions (18).

Homing in on the points

England full back Tom Homer slots yet another kick at the Junior World Championship

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England’s Tom Homer has scored the most points by an individual: 118 over two tournaments, in 2009 and 2010.

France’s Pierre Bernard has scored the most points by an individual in a single match: 33 against Wales in the fifth place play-off in 2009.

The biggest winning margin in a JWC match is 90 points, recorded in South Africa’s 108-18 win over USA in 2008. South Africa’s 16 tries that day is the most in a single JWC match.

Interestingly, South Africa scored the most points (257), most tries (37) and had the most conversions (27) in Argentina last year, yet did not even make the final, finishing third.

A total of 5,527 points have been scored at the three JWC tournaments. This comprises 693 tries, 446 conversions, 376 penalties and 14 drop goals.

The tournament in Wales in 2008 delivered the most points (1,985) and equal most tries (257, repeated in 2009), although it should be noted that the 2010 total of 1,569 came from 10 fewer matches when the number of competing countries was reduced from 16 to 12.

Graduating with honours

New Zealand wing Zac Guildford in action for the Baby All Blacks

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The first players to graduate from JWC to Test rugby were Samoan trio Alatasi Tupou, Roysiu Tolufale and Maselino Paulino, who debuted for their country in the match against New Zealand on September 3, 2009.

Dave Rennie stepped down from his post as New Zealand Under 20 coach with a perfect record of three Championshp medals from three attempts.

A total of 94 players have gone on to win full Test caps after playing in the JWC, including recent England graduates Ben Youngs and Courtney Lawes.

The next milestones...

  • The seventh try scored at this year’s tournament will be the 700th in JWC history
  • Australia needs 10 and South Africa 13 to join New Zealand in the 100 tries club
  • 473 points are needed to reach 6,000 in JWC history
  • 54 conversions are needed to make it 500 in JWC history
  • 24 penalties are needed to reach 400 in JWC history