World Cup

The nominees for World Rugby U20s Player of the Tournament

The five nominees for the Player of the Tournament at the World Rugby U20 Championship have been announced. Vote by heading to facebook.com/WorldRugby
23 June 2016

Japan and Italy face relegation from the U20s Championship

Georgia continued their impressive debut World Rugby U20 Championship campaign on Monday, beating Italy 18-17 and removing themselves from the forthcoming 11th place playoff.
22 June 2016

2016 World Rugby U20 Championship: Semi-finals

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.
20 June 2016

New Zealand U20s fall from grace

For years, New Zealand have been the dominant force in age-grade rugby.
20 June 2016

England have another vintage U20 class on their hands

England were poor in the U20 Six Nations. In fact, they were really, really bad.
16 June 2016

World Rugby U20s Championship Match Day 3: 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.
16 June 2016

World Rugby U20s Championship Day 3: AJ Bell Stadium

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.
16 June 2016

Japan's U20s face tough task to avoid the drop

After 35 minutes of Japan’s 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship, it was all sunshine and roses for the Baby Blossoms.
15 June 2016

Ireland surpass all expectations at U20 Championship

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.
14 June 2016

World Rugby U20s World Championships Day 2: AJ Bell Stadium

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.
13 June 2016

World Rugby U20s Championship Match Day 2: Manchester City Academy Stadium

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.
13 June 2016

World Rugby U20s Championship Match Day 1: Manchester City Academy Stadium

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.
8 June 2016

World Rugby U20s Championship Match Day 1: AJ Bell 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.
8 June 2016

World Rugby U20s: Pool C preview

We wrap up our recent previews of the World Rugby U20 Championship by examining Pool C, after looking at both Pools A and B over the last few days.
6 June 2016

U20s Transition Rates

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.
6 June 2016

World Rugby U20s: Pool B preview

Following on from our look at Pool A of the upcoming World Rugby U20 Championship yesterday, we now turn our attentions to the tournament’s humdinger of a group, Pool B.
6 June 2016

World Rugby U20s: Pool A preview

The ninth edition of the World Rugby U20 Championship kicks off in Manchester this weekend and marks the first time that two-time winners England have hosted the event.
6 June 2016

Eddie Jones targets number one position for England in World Rankings

Eddie Jones believes guiding the England team to the top position in the World Rankings will be his ultimate goal during his tenure as the head coach.
10 May 2016

South African World Cup bid under threat after government action

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.
25 April 2016

Craig Joubert doubts decision to award Australia crucial penalty at World Cup

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.
15 April 2016