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U20 Championship 2018

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U20 Championship 2018

Postby datodato » Mon, 04 Dec 2017, 14:59

To quote planetrugby.com:

"World Rugby has announced that France will host the U20 Championship in 2018 with matches being played in Béziers, Perpignan and Narbonne.
The five match days will take place on 30 May, 3 June, 7 June, 12 June and 17 June.
The tournament features three pools of four teams, with the pool winners and the best runner-up progressing to the semi-finals.

Pool A: New Zealand, Australia, Wales, Japan
Pool B: England, Scotland, Italy, Argentina
Pool C: South Africa, France, Ireland, Georgia

Pool matches will be played Stade Aimé Giral in Perpignan, Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers and the Stade d’Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié in Narbonne. The semi-final and final venues will be announced in due course."

http://www.planetrugby.com/news/france- ... mpionship/

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Re: U20 Championship 2018

Postby AXLstockholm » Mon, 04 Dec 2017, 23:01

Is World Rugby even considering expanding the tournament in future years? I think it's great that the U20 World Cup is now well established in the international calendar but it's becoming very repetitive with the same Tier 1 nations playing each other plus Georgia/Japan/one PI country.

Is there any legitimate reason why the tournament cannot include 16 countries? Yes, it increases the chance of blowout scores but the last four spots filled by USA, Canada, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Uruguay, Spain, Romania and Portugal etc would not disgrace themselves on the world stage. Huge motivation for Tier 2 players in high school to play Rugby if there was this opportunity to play against the best.

Especially, I think it's a massive tragedy North America and the Pacific have zero representation.

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Re: U20 Championship 2018

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 07:47

They used to have 16 teams before 2010
but then slashed it to 12 and introduced current lame format

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Re: U20 Championship 2018

Postby datodato » Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 17:54

It‘s really a lame format. And a very tough format for the players. I think 5 matches in 3 weeks is very hard for 18/19 year old boys. More matches would be Impossible. So yes - it is not perfect but well reasoned I believe.

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Re: U20 Championship 2018

Postby Armchair Fan » Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 18:19

In reality with 16 teams you've got the very same number of games.

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Re: U20 Championship 2018

Postby armchair_expert » Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 18:43

more teams means more requirements to fulfill for the host union

and this time they announced host country later than usual - does not look like many unions want to host it

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Re: U20 Championship 2018

Postby BigG » Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 18:59

armchair_expert wrote:more teams means more requirements to fulfill for the host union

and this time they announced host country later than usual - does not look like many unions want to host it


Agree. From commercial viewpoint it not attractive. France expressed its willingness to have U20 after 2023 bid was announced.

On the other hand it is pity. I attended almost all matches at WC 2017 in Georgia. Quality of many games was quite high.

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Re: U20 Championship 2018

Postby RugbyLiebe » Wed, 06 Dec 2017, 09:27

Fiji qualified for the Trophy
https://www.worldrugby.org/news/298572

They didn't exactly beat Tonga, they apparently scored more tries in a 26:26-draw (after a 15:15 in the first leg).
Samoa will also be in the Trophy after relegation from the World Cup in 2017.

The European U20 championship, which should be the Trophy qualfiier, will be held from April 7th to April 15th 2018 in Portugal according to Rugby Europe calendar http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/sites/default ... 1017_0.pdf
How to grow rugby worldwide?
Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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