England and Ireland set up a tantalising U20s title-decider with dominant wins over South Africa and Argentina respectively on Monday, writes Lewis Hughes reporting from the Manchester City Academy Stadium.
In the third round of the World Rugby U20 Championship at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, Ireland trounced Georgia while Scotland and South Africa managed victories against Italy and France respectively.
Day three of the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship at the AJ Bell Stadium saw both Argentina and England confirm their places in the tournament semi-finals writes Lewis Hughes. However a narrow victory for New Zealand over Wales was ultimately not enough to secure the All Blacks’ progression into the next round, with wins across the city for Ireland and South Africa completing the top-four seeding for Monday’s knockout games.
After finishing the 2015 U20 Six Nations in 3rd place and failing to set the tournament alight, it is fair to say expectations were low for Ireland heading into the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester.
Round Two of the 2016 World Rugby U20s at the AJ Bell Stadium followed a little more closely to the script than Round One writes Lewis Hughes, although a statement victory in the day’s final game from Argentina will have raised more than a few eyebrows around opposition camps.
The second round of games in the World Rugby U20 on Saturday at the at the Manchester City Academy Stadium saw thrilling encounter between Wales and Georgia, Ireland pulling of an upset against New Zealand and England dominating Scotland.
On the opening day of the World Rugby U20 Championship there were thrills, spills and high drama writes Chris Heal as he looks back at the action from first round of games at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.
The opening day of the World Rugby U20 Championship threw up a number of surprises, shocks, and statements writes Lewis Hughes as he recaps all the action from the first round of games at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The World Rugby U20 Championship kicks off this week and whilst international head coaches will be focused on their upcoming tests, they will also be paying plenty of attention to the next generation of players showcasing their abilities in Manchester.
South Africa's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup could be in jeopardy after the country's government banned four of its leading sports unions from staging major international tournaments after missing participation targets.
Referee Craig Joubert has admitted with hindsight he would have reconsidered his decision to award Australia a contentious penalty which saw them edge Scotland 35-34 in a World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham in October.