JWC 2009: Final Statistics

(IRB.COM) Monday 22 June 2009
 JWC 2009: Final Statistics
Robbie Robinson scored New Zealand's first try in the final - taking his tally to four in the Championship - Photo: Hiroyuki Nagaoka (RJP)

We bring you some interesting statistics from the final day of the IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship 2009 in Japan.

* New Zealand retained the title after their 44-28 defeat of England in the final at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo.

* The final standings are 1. New Zealand 2. England 3. South Africa 4. Australia 5. France 6. Wales 7. Samoa 8. Ireland 9. Scotland 10. Tonga 11. Argentina 12. Fiji 13. Italy 14. Canada 15. Japan 16. Uruguay.

* New Zealand captain Aaron Cruden was named IRB Junior Player of the Year 2009 after leading his side to the title.

* New Zealand wing Zac Guildford is the only player to have two IRB Junior World Championship winners' medals. Dave Rennie has coached both the 2008 and 2009 squads to the title.

* The honour of being the leading point scorer in the tournament goes to Tom Homer, the England full back scoring 68 points (no tries, 16 conversions, 12 penalties). Next best was France fly half Pierre Bernard with 58 points - 33 of them in their 68-13 defeat of Wales in the fifth place play-off. Wales fly half Matthew Jarvis on 55 points the only other player to surpass the half century mark.

* A total of 52 tries were scored in the final round of matches, taking the total for the tournament to 257 - the exact same figures as in the inaugural Championship in Wales last year.

* This means a total of 514 tries have been scored in the IRB Junior World Championship history - 422 of them being converted.

* The smallest winning margin in a game was two points, with Wales beating Ireland 19-17 in the fifth to eighth place semi finals, while the biggest margin was 86 points in Australia's 86-0 defeat of Canada in their opening Pool D match.
* New Zealand conceded five tries in winning the title - two in the semi final against Australia and three in their final defeat of England.

* Pierre Bernard score the most points in a single game with 33 in France's 68-13 defeat of Wales on the final day. Australia scrum half Richard Kingi had previously broken the 2008 record with a 26-point haul in his side's opening 86-0 victory over Canada.

* England kicked the most penalties in the tournament with 13 - all bar one of them from the boot of full back Tom Homer, the other by fly half Rory Clegg. Japan kicked the fewest with just one in five matches.

* This total leaves England on 21 in IRB Junior World Championship history - the same as Ireland but three fewer than the penalties Italy have kicked.

* A total of 238 penalties have been kicked in IRB Junior World Championship history.

* France kicked the most conversions in 2009 with 21, two more than New Zealand. Uruguay turned only two of their six tries into seven-pointers. South Africa lead the all-time charts with 42 conversions across two years, one more than two-time champions New Zealand in their 10 matches.

* Francois Brummer of South Africa has kicked the most conversions in Junior World Championship history with 24, eight more than Pierre Bernard (France), Sias Ebersohn (South Africa), Tom Homer (England) and Trent Renata (New Zealand).

* Champions New Zealand averaged 43 points and 6.6 tries a game - this compared to 48.4 and 6.6 last year. France were the next best 39.4 points and 5.2 tries and then South Africa on 39.4 points and 5 tries.

* Tonga received six yellow cards over the duration of the tournament. By contrast, Scotland and hosts Japan did not have a player sin-binned.

* New Zealand's Zac Guildford went into the final day as the joint-leading try scorer with Wales flanker Justin Tipuric on six, but two tries in the final saw the wing end the Championship as the leading try scorer with eight - one more than Australia wing Ratu Nasiganiyavi managed in 2008.

* Tipuric remained on six with Japan captain Ryuhei Arita, South Africa's fly half Lionel Cronje, Australia wing Rodney Davies and England number 8 Carl Fearns all scoring five.

* Zac Guildford's try in the semi final had already made him the leading try scorer of all-time, his final tally of 10 being two better than Japan captain Ryuhei Arita with Ratu Nasiganiyavi next best with his seven tries in 2008.

* A total of 417 points were scored across the eight matches on finals weekend to bring the total for the tournament to 1973 - 12 fewer than in 2008. This was an average of 49.3 points across the 40 matches, an almost identical figure to 2008 (49.4).

* A total of 3,958 points have now been scored in IRB Junior World Championships history.

* Uruguay scored the fewest tries in the tournament with six, one fewer than Samoa with Ireland and Italy on nine the only teams not to get into double figures. Uruguay's total was 27 less than the number of times the leading try scorers New Zealand managed to cross the try-line. Australia and France were the next best with 27 and 26 tries respectively in their five matches.

* New Zealand's total number of tries (33) was four fewer than South Africa managed in 2008. The Baby Blacks have now scored 66 tries in Junior World Championship history, four more than South Africa with Australia on 60. The next best is France on 45.

* Pierre Bernard and Tom Homer kicked the most conversions with 16, five more than Matthew Jarvis managed with no other player into double figures. Bernard and Homer fell one short of the 17 Francois Brummer kicked for South Africa in 2008.

* Samoa had the best conversion rate with six of their seven tries turned into seven-pointers. By contrast the leading try scorers New Zealand converted only 19 of their 33 tries.

* Of the 257 tries scored, only 167 of them were converted into seven pointers. However this was an improvement on the 155 converted last year.

* The most points scored in a game was 86 in Australia's opening win over Canada in Pool D, a far cry from the fewest points scored - just 12 in Samoa's s 9-3 victory over Ireland in the seventh place play-off.

* A total of 72 points were scored in the final with New Zealand winning 44-28 - this is an improvement on the 41 from 2008 when the Baby Blacks again beat England 38-3.

* Uruguay are the only side not to record a victory in the IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship, with New Zealand the only team with a perfect record after lifting the trophy.

* A total of 104 replacements were made by the 16 teams in round five, bringing the total for the tournament to 503 in comparison to the 444 from 2008.

* Five red cards were issued over the course of the tournament - two to South Africa and one each for England, France and Samoa.

* A total of five drop goals were kicked in the tournament - the exact same number as in 2008 - with South Africa fly half cum full back Sias Ebersohn slotted two between the posts, one more than Canada captain Harry Jones, Argentina's Joaquin Lucchetti and Winston Wilson. The latter was the most crucial, the last gasp kick sealing a 17-14 win for Samoa over Scotland on the opening day.

* France and Fiji were the only sides to make the maximum of 35 replacements in their five matches, one more than Canada with Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa making 33 replacements. Italy made the fewest with 27.

* A total of 43 yellow cards were handed out during the tournament, with Kolio Hifo of Tonga, Italy's Andrea Lovotti and Fijian Sakiusa Malai the only players to receive two.

* Richard Kingi and Kurtley Beale of Australia scored the most tries in a single game with four against Canada on day one, equaling the record of teammate Dane Haylett-Perry who had crossed four times against the same opponents on the opening match day in 2008.

* Zac Guildford (New Zealand), Justin Tipuric (Wales) and Ryuhei Arita (Japan) were the other players to score hat-tricks in Japan.

* Francois Brummer is the leading point scorer of all-time having passed through the 100-point barrier in South Africa's third place play-off victory over Australia. He now has 105, with his teammate Sias Ebersohn the next best on 70.

* Uruguay scored the fewest points of the 16 teams with 43 across their five matches, while New Zealand scored the most with 215 - 13 more than France. Five other teams reached three figures - South Africa (197), England (193), Australia (186), Wales (139) and Scotland (100).

And finally...

* The tallest player in the tournament was Daniel Partridge of Wales at 205cm with Japanese scrum half Takehito Namekawa not only the shortest at 163cm but also the lightest at 66kg (10 st 4 lbs).

* Samoa prop Uini Atonio was the heaviest player, weighing in at 164kg or 25 stones 8 pounds. However despite this statistic it is Wales who are the heaviest squad with an average weight of 100kg (15 st 7 lb), while Uruguay are the lightest with an average of 87kg (13 st 7lb).

* The player were the longest surname was Uruguay prop Rafael Tchilingirbachain with 17 characters.

* The oldest squad in the inaugural tournament belongs to New Zealand with an average age of 20 years and 38 days - this compares to Argentina's 19 years and 334 days in 2008.

* By comparison the youngest squad was Italy with an average age of 19 years and 120 days.

* Samoa have the tallest squad with an average height of 189cm, while Uruguay had the shortest squad with an average height of 179cm.

* The IRB Junior World Championship 2010 will be held in Argentina.