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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Zealand u20's beat England u20's to win the Junior World Championship

Last weekend the New Zealand Under-20 side set the standard in junior rugby as they put on a highly impressive display against a strong England side at the Junior World Championship in Tokyo. New Zealand won the Final 44-28.

As always, the pool of talent in New Zealand runs deep as these youngsters showed that despite the senior All Blacks not having the most enjoyable time at the moment, the near future looks promising.

Scoring seven quality tries, the Baby Blacks secured the trophy with Junior World Player of the Year Aaron Cruden playing a part in most of them. Super 14 players such as Zac Guildford and Winston Stanley also contributed with quality play.

Leading 25-14 at halftime, the game was finely balanced with the well groomed and determined England side possibly having a chance of getting back into it.

Three minutes into the second half the Kiwi side scored again, which basically put the game beyond England, despite scoring a consolation try.

Some of these tries scored by the juniors are phenomenal. The support play, fifteen man rugby, and pure class shown at such a young age are something to behold.

Congrats to both sides who performed really well throughout the tournament, entertaining the enthusiastic Japanese crowds and no doubt contributing towards the continued growth of the game in that region.

Time: 05:43



  • No comments cos it's about England I guess.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 2:05 pm  

  • well, first up tackling was very poor.....how many dummies were given for the trys??? shabby defence. i suppose all iv seen is the highlights so i cant judge. But that would be my first pinion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 2:41 pm  

  • nice to see a good Haka

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 2:41 pm  

  • Three Anonymous comments, 2 of which were absolute rubbish. Not surprising.

    Why not give credit where credit is due? That was some awesome support play and fantastic handling. A few classic tries.


    By Anonymous Dave, at July 01, 2009 2:46 pm  

  • I am British, and I think there were awesome tries. Still England made some defense mistakes and NZ took the lead. Just fair plain Sport!
    I think they can all be proud to have played in that tournament.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 3:16 pm  

  • Great team rugby! The ability to see support is amazing! Well done :)

    By Anonymous Phil, at July 01, 2009 3:25 pm  

  • Beautiful offloading. The support is great, and the pace of the NZ lads is awesome. But those offloads are something else.

    Gotta agree with the Anonymous above (get a name mate) and highlight the defence. Pretty poor from the England side. Wether it was tiredness from the tournament (and the conditions will be new to them) or whatever, they looked ragged and too often offered the kiwis space. Interested to see who's coaching their defence.

    By Anonymous Hackney Griffin, at July 01, 2009 4:14 pm  

  • Even with only the highlights to watch, you can see why these nations are consistently in the top echelons - the fundamentals of these young players exceed that of "professionals" in many cases...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 4:15 pm  

  • I am South African, congratulations to the Junior All Blacks!! You will be lucky to hear that from English supporters, they are still sulking over the Lions series defeat...

    To date nobody from the Lions Management even congratulated SA on the series win! Pathetic! Well played All Blacks, a sign of good things to come.

    By Anonymous Jot, at July 01, 2009 4:19 pm  

  • There were some beautiful tries. The offloads and support play was great.
    And the pace of Guildford while scoring the second try is awesome. He jsut outran two defenders.
    Hopefully he will continue to improve.

    By Anonymous Ben, at July 01, 2009 4:45 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 4:50 pm  

  • when do we get "the haka" broadway show...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 5:13 pm  

  • You still lost... Again!! Not much to cheer about when you are an English supporter.

    By Anonymous Jot, at July 01, 2009 5:19 pm  

  • technically jot u have to be an England supporter! not an English supporter....otherwise u just like reading books! ;-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 6:03 pm  

  • Good observation, well done

    By Anonymous Jot, at July 01, 2009 6:18 pm  

  • "I am South African, congratulations to the Junior All Blacks!! You will be lucky to hear that from English supporters, they are still sulking over the Lions series defeat..." - Jot.

    Pipe down, son. I'm English and a big Lions fan. Well done to South Africa and well done to the Baby Blacks. The Boks v Lions game was one of the best I've ever seen, if not THE best. SA did superbly to claw their way back in.

    Some nice football from the Junior ABs in those highlights Some great skills on show from both teams.

    By Blogger Brighty, at July 01, 2009 8:41 pm  

  • Some sublime skill and passion on display in these clips. Truly what rugby is all about. Congrats to both sides on tremendous tournaments.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 01, 2009 8:53 pm  

  • Great game. What a hot from the england fullback on robinson in one of the tries.
    Haha second from last new zealand try the number 11 winds himself when diving for the score!!

    By Anonymous Lucas, at July 01, 2009 9:27 pm  

  • well played U20 All Blacks!!

    Congrats from SA!

    By Anonymous Cheis, at July 01, 2009 11:10 pm  

  • Jot, just because the Lions management havent congratulated Boks on the series win, doesnt mean that represents every British and Irish fan you mug. That would be like saying PDV's comments on Burgers eye gouging represents all Bok fans, obviously not.

    All Blacks were flying that match, England just couldnt handle them. Great match.

    By Anonymous Toady, at July 01, 2009 11:50 pm  

  • Poor defence or not, the way the ball seems to always find their way into a teammates shown in those NZ plays are quite spectacular.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2009 1:29 am  

  • Some great talent there, NZ and England have a lot to look forward too in the future. The NZ no. 10 is a classy player too, god knows we need a good back-up to Carter.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2009 2:19 am  

  • God, NZ looked impressive. Dominating in first half and some truly pacey players.

    Love to see what these boys are up to in a few years time

    By Blogger cp85, at July 02, 2009 2:45 pm  

  • The game was at many time ago? Why did you put this post so late?

    By Anonymous RUGBYMAN, at July 02, 2009 3:37 pm  

  • I was at stadium to watch this game.

    Zac Guildford was really outstanding, but Cruden,probably the smallest guy on the field, truly dominant in the game.
    It was very impressive.

    As I've read on Japanese news, Zac Guildford's father passed away right after NZ won their second JWC title cause of heart attack.

    R.I.P. for his father.

    By Anonymous kuma from far east, at July 02, 2009 6:34 pm  

  • awesome play by NZ.

    loved to see lawes getting smashed!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2009 5:27 pm  

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