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Youth Internationals

Postby Sables4EVA » Sun, 24 Aug 2014, 19:19

Thought I would open this thread to cover all the U-19 level international matches that are played worldwide. I know in another thread there were mentioned games between Romania and Scotland that were played recently and there are Africa CUp U-19 games due this week, so this thread is a catch all for all of that.

The last week in South Africa there has been a series of youth internationals involving Italy, Wales, France, England and South Africa. This is played every year now and has been played over the last 3 years or so. The Italians play provincial or Academy sides and the other 4 play each other over 3 match days. Some interesting results this year.

Match day 1 15/08/14
England U18 24 - 21 Wales U18
SA Schools 28 - 13 France U18
Western Prov U18 XV 45 - 12 Italy U18

Match day 2 19/08/14
SA Schools 40 - 15 Wales U18
England U18 23 - 6 France U18
SWD Craven Week XV 21 - 38 Italy U18

Match day 3 23/08/14
SA Schools 22 - 30 England U18
France U18 9 - 10 Wales U18
SARU Academy XV 48 - 29 Italy U18

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Canalina » Tue, 26 Aug 2014, 16:32

Kenya v Zimbabwe 27-20 in the first CAR U19 semifinal, hosted in Windhoek

In CAR U19 B, starting tomorrow in Kampala, Senegal rejoined the group (Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia) after an early ban; the ugandan health minister was worried by the erupting of ebola in western Africa, but evidently the senegalese staff must have managed to assure them

Second CAR U19 A semifinal: Namibia v Tunisia 78-3
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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby GeoRugby » Tue, 26 Aug 2014, 17:37

1st Challenge Rugby Academy U20 Tournament. Besse, France

Participants: Georgia U19, Clermont U20, Leicester Tigers U20, Munster U20.

Matchdays: August 26 and 29.

Georgia U19 just beat Leicester Tigers U20 24-21. Great result.
http://site.rugby.ge/ka-GE/news-view/?n ... 1%E1%83%98

The highlights should be up tomorrow on Georgian Rugby Union YouTube channel.

Clermont plays Munster later on.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby sk 88 » Tue, 26 Aug 2014, 18:43

Good result for Georgia, we played a good game against Canada last season and out lasted them fitness wise to end up with a decent win. Previous wins have come against England, Scotland and Wales so a very tidy result for Georgia.

From a Tigers perspective it does raise further question marks over the quality of our own youth. Looking at the photo in the GeoRugby's link Oli Bryant must have been captain there, he played in recent Prem 7s series and made an appearance in loss to Nottingham last week.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Sables4EVA » Tue, 26 Aug 2014, 19:37

Good result for Georgia there, bad result for Zimbabwe, the focus on the senior side has affected the junior side by the looks of things.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby GeoRugby » Tue, 26 Aug 2014, 20:59

Final score: Clermont U20- Munster U20 19-13.

The final between Clermont U20 and Georgia U19 will be contested on Friday the 29th of August.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Canalina » Wed, 27 Aug 2014, 17:49

Czech Republic v Luxembourg (European Championship U20, semifinal) live now on http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1825 ... ts/3327326
if someone is interested...

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby GeoRugby » Fri, 29 Aug 2014, 14:41

1st Challenge Rugby Academy U20 Tournament. Besse, France

The final: At Half-Time Clermont U20 is leading Georgia U19 15-10.

Due to some technical difficulties the tournament organizers haven`t been able to send GRU video from the first match. They are promising to send the video in a few days.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby GeoRugby » Fri, 29 Aug 2014, 15:14

Yeees!!! Georgia U19 won the tournament by beating Clermont U20 16-15. What a result! Very happy indeed.

https://twitter.com/asmespoirs/status/5 ... 92/photo/1

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Sables4EVA » Fri, 29 Aug 2014, 17:46

Very nice result for Georgia!

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Rowan » Fri, 29 Aug 2014, 20:16

Georgia certainly appears to be the most promising of the up-and-coming nations on the rugby landscape, though when I look at the number of registered players there, 6,700, I see that this is a few hundred less than Sweden and only half as many as Poland. Could that be accurate? In any case, I'm sure that, if they can get more regular fixtures against tier 1 nations, the Lelos could very well be rugby's next addition to the heavyweight ranks; perhaps just a decade or so in the future...
If they're good enough to play at World Cups, then why not in between?

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Adamstown 7's » Mon, 01 Sep 2014, 08:46

Rowan wrote:Georgia certainly appears to be the most promising of the up-and-coming nations on the rugby landscape, though when I look at the number of registered players there, 6,700, I see that this is a few hundred less than Sweden and only half as many as Poland. Could that be accurate? In any case, I'm sure that, if they can get more regular fixtures against tier 1 nations, the Lelos could very well be rugby's next addition to the heavyweight ranks; perhaps just a decade or so in the future...


I wouldnt read too much into those figures Rowan. Some Nations fail to accurately upsdate their statistics, and other Nations flat out Out twist the truth. Japan are said to have over 150,000 players, but I think they are counting anyone that has had any sort of rugby exposure, (i.e p.e lessons etc.)

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby GeoRugby » Mon, 01 Sep 2014, 13:33

First match of the tournament between Georgia U19 and Leicester Tigers U20 is available on GRU YouTube channel Hopefully the match against Clermont U20 will follow soon.

First half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7BDfXM ... Y3YIdojEqQ

Second half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YyD8P- ... Y3YIdojEqQ

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Re: Youth Internationals

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby HMFCalltheway » Mon, 01 Sep 2014, 20:52

Adamstown, I would assume that figure for Japan isn't one of the most inaccurate estimates of playing numbers for a very big country where rugby has a particularly big university playing scene.

The IRB estimate of 1.4 million rugby players in the US on the other hand...

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby YamahaKiwi » Tue, 02 Sep 2014, 09:05

Having lived in the place I sincerely doubt there's that many players though Japan would still have one of the biggest rugby populations. Though in Japan anyone playing has to be registered and pay fees to the local union so there's no reason why there shouldn't be an accurate number. However there's significantly less players now than there was at the highpoint of Japanese rugby in the mid 80s. So many high schools in particular no longer have a rugby club or even if they do often play together with other schools as they don't have enough players. If you ever look at the regional champs for Tokyo or Osaka for example, you'll see about a fifth of the teams in the draws these days are combos. Eg out of about the 80 odd teams in the Tokyo champs, about 15-16 encompassing about another 50+ schools are combos. Some combos are even made up of students from 4-5 schools! There might even be only 1 or 2 players from one of those schools!

Also in the prefecture I lived in the first time there were 20 odd senior clubs incl uni teams (granted again some of them hardly ever played and or had to play as combos) the first time round yet when I checked 10 years later there were only about 6 left. in my own part of the prefecture, where there had been about four teams loosely built around corporate factories eg Fuji Xerox , Ricoh copiers, Toshiba machinery etc not including a local teriary college, that had become one combined team as the teams at the various factories faltered through declining numbers.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Scoob » Wed, 01 Oct 2014, 03:41

When does the under 17 european tournament begin to see who qualifys to join the 6 nations teams in the under 18 Euros next year. The under 17s qualifying is usually held in October every year.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby ormond lad » Wed, 01 Oct 2014, 13:17

Scoob wrote:When does the under 17 european tournament begin to see who qualifys to join the 6 nations teams in the under 18 Euros next year. The under 17s qualifying is usually held in October every year.

http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/group-240.htm
25/10/14
Portugal v Romania
28/10/14
Russia v Romania
31/10/14
Portugal v Russia

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Scoob » Fri, 03 Oct 2014, 20:04

Thanks. I think the under 19 Euro champs is around the same time to see who qualifys for under 20 irb trophy?

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby ultravioletu » Sat, 04 Oct 2014, 15:05

Yes, http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/group-195.htm

PS: It's strange to see Romania listed in the qualification for Justin Bridou Trophy. I believe it's again a mistake on RE site - based on the results from this year's competition, it should have been Spain. On the FRR website there is no mention of any U17/U18 preparation, but there is one for the Romanian U19.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby Scoob » Sun, 26 Oct 2014, 21:43

Georgia,Russia,Portugal produce comfortable wins at Euro under 19 champs.
Georgia 55-3 Holland.
Russia 48-15 Poland
Portugal 38-3 Belgium.
Any youtube footage. Georgia game especially

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby GeoRugby » Mon, 27 Oct 2014, 00:24

Scoob wrote:Georgia,Russia,Portugal produce comfortable wins at Euro under 19 champs.
Georgia 55-3 Holland.
Russia 48-15 Poland
Portugal 38-3 Belgium.
Any youtube footage. Georgia game especially


One more result from today
Spain vs Romania 24-13

Semi-Final pairs:
Georgia vs Russia
Portugal vs Spain

Georgia vs Holland highlights should be up tomorrow on GRU YouTube Chanel. I watched the match and it was one way traffic. Holland hardly ever had the ball, specially in the second half.
FPR rugby site is streaming the games. Semi finals are on Wednesday. http://www.fpr.pt/noticias/index.asp?op ... 386&id2=25

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby GeoRugby » Wed, 29 Oct 2014, 18:26

Euro Under19 championships

Semifinal: Georgia -Russia 41-5

Second semifinal between Portugal and Spain to follow. If Portugal wins it, Georgia will automatically qualify for next years Junior World Trophy, because Portugal will participate as hosts.

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby GeoRugby » Wed, 29 Oct 2014, 20:37

Portugal-Spain 12-8
Portugal wins it with a 47th minute try, therefore Georgia automatically qualifies for next years Junior World Rugby Trophy regardless of the result on Saturday.

November 1st, 2014
Final: Georgia-Portugal

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Re: Youth Internationals

Postby NedRugby » Wed, 29 Oct 2014, 22:20

Holland beat Poland and Belgium beat Romania, so I think Poland and Romania have to play each other to stay up. Does any one know for sure if there is demotion from this league?

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