Saturday, July 23, 2011

2010 IRB Junior World Championship

The IRB Junior World Championship is an international rugby union competition held once a year in a different country. It has the purpose of giving future stars the opportunity of competing for their country against future stars from other countries to act as a feeder to the international level. 

The tournament features the best 12 teams from the world who compete in three groups of four and is followed by a play-offs series in which a champion is crowned and all competing teams finish with an official placing. The event is organised by the governing body of rugby, the International Rugby Board (IRB). The inaugural tournament was held in June 2008 by Wales and it replaced the former IRB Under 19 and IRB Under 21 World Championships.

In only the tournaments third year of existence, Argentina was selected as the host nation in a move to underline Argentina´s credentials as a future Rugby World Cup host. Argentina hosted the event in region of the Entre Rios and Santa Fé provinces located north west of Buenos Aires. There were three host venues including Santa Fé City´s Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López stadium (32,500), the Club Atlético Estudiantes (16,740) in Paraná and the Estadio Newell's Old Boys (39,121) in Rosario. The attendances were positive with the crowds of the opening weekend breaking records set in earlier tournaments. The host nation finished in sixth place with New Zealand winning the event.

Below the IRB Junior World Championship is another, the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, which features eight teams to, like the Rugby World Cup, bring the total number of competing sides up to 20 teams. The inaugural tournament also took place in 2008 and South America was selected to host with the eevnt taking place in Sanitago, Chile. The tournament was won by Uruguay who defeated Chile 20-8 in the final to underline the potential that exists in South American rugby. The onfield success of South American sides in the Junior World Championship and Junior World Trophy combined with the successful hosting of the tournaments themselves provide further encouragement for Argentina 2023 to become a reality.

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