Christian Wade's two tries in the final made him the joint top try-scorer - Photo: Getty Images
We bring you some interesting statistics from the final day of the IRB Junior World Championship 2011 in Italy.
- New Zealand remain the only side to be crowned champions after winning a fourth successive title with a hard-fought 33-22 defeat of England in the final at the Stadio Plebiscito in Padova.
- The final standings are 1. New Zealand 2. England 3. Australia 4. France 5. South Africa 6. Fiji 7. Wales 8. Ireland 9. Argentina 10. Scotland 11.Italy 12. Tonga.
- Tonga are the only side not to record a victory in the IRB Junior World Championship 2011, with New Zealand the only team with a perfect record after lifting the trophy.
- In fact New Zealand have never lost a Junior World Championship match with 20 consecutive victories. In this unbeaten run they have scored 993 points and conceded just 185, crossed for 136 tries and had their line breached only 19 times as well as kicked 98 conversions and 39 penalties.
- New Zealand captain Luke Whitelock and centre Glen Robertson join prop Willie Ioane and Zac Guildford as the only players to have two IRB Junior World Championship winners' medals. Coach Mark Anscombe now has three medals, having been assistant coach to Dave Rennie in 2009 and 2010.
- The honour of being the leading point scorer in the tournament goes to Gareth Anscombe with 86 points (two tries, 26 conversions and eight penalties). Anscombe’s 18 points in the final took him back above Baby Boks fly half Johan Goosen (79) with Fiji’s Josateki Lalagavesi (63), England fly half George Ford (51) and Welsh playmaker Matthew Morgan (51) the only other players to surpass a half century of points.
- A total of 370 points were scored across the six matches on Sunday – the highest of all five match days in the tournament – to bring the total for JWC to 1,640. This is 71 points more than were scored last year in Argentina.
- New Zealand broke several JWC records in Italy, scoring the most tries (30) and points (204) in the pool stages of a tournament, as well as the most points across five matches with 274, bettering their own record of 262 from last year in Argentina.
- The most points scored in a JWC 2011 match was 121 in South Africa’s 104-17 fifth place play-off victory over Fiji in Treviso, this is five shy of the JWC record of 126 from the Baby Boks' 108-18 win over the USA in the 2008 pool stages. Even so, 121 points are a far cry from the 20 scored in Argentina’s 12-8 win over Italy on match day four.
- JWC 2011 saw the biggest winning margin in the tournament's four-year history following New Zealand's emphatic 92-0 defeat of Wales - the biggest margin of defeat at any level in Welsh rugby history - in the pool stages.
- A total of 1,640 points were scored in the 2011 tournament, bringing the number scored in Junior World Championship history to 7,167.
- South Africa ran in 16 tries in the rout of Fiji, matching the number scored against the USA in 2008. New Zealand also recorded their best tally for a single match at JWC 2011, crossing 14 times against Wales.
- Baby Blacks fly half Gareth Anscombe appears four times in the list of top 10 point scorers in a single match at JWC 2011, scoring 22 points on three occasions (against Italy, Wales and Australia) and 18 in the final against England. His high of 22 is still six shy of the New Zealand record of 28 scored by captain Tyler Bleyendaal in the 2010 final.
- Johan Goosen scored the most points in a single match with 24 – all from conversions – in South Africa’s 104-17 victory over Fiji in the fifth place play-off. This is nine shy of the JWC record set by France fly half Pierre Bernard in their fifth place play-off victory over Wales in 2009.
- New Zealand conceded just seven tries in winning the 2011 title - one against Italy and Australia, two against Argentina and three in their final defeat of England. The Baby Blacks have now conceded just 19 tries in winning the four titles.
- Champions New Zealand averaged 54.80 points and 7.4 tries a match – their best in JWC history. The Baby Blacks have averaged 6.6 tries a game in the three previous tournaments, but have improved their point average each time from 43 in 2008 to 48.4 in 2009 and 52.40 last year.
- South Africa were the next best with 51.20 and seven tries, followed by Australia on 33.20 points and 4.6 tries. Italy have the lowest average per match with 11.6 points and 1.2 tries.
- A total of 204 tries were scored at JWC 2011, 148 of which were converted. In the four years of the IRB Junior World Championship, a total of 897 tries have been scored with 594 of them turned into seven pointers.
- The race to be crowned top try scorer at JWC 2011 went right down to the wire and was ultimately shared by England wing Christian Wade and South Africa captain Arno Botha with seven, one more than Baby Boks centre Francois Venter and New Zealand wing Charles Piutau.
- The top seven players in the list all scored tries on the final day, but Wade's brace for England in the final and a hat-trick for Botha in South Africa's emphatic sign off from the tournament took them to the top of the pile.
- Botha was one of only four players to score a hat-trick at JWC 2011, the others being his South African teammate Tshotsho Mbovane (against Ireland in round four), Wade (against Scotland) and New Zealand flanker Sam Cane (against Wales). Cane's was the first of the tournament, but came on the same day as Wade's blitz.
- New Zealand scored 37 tries at JWC 2011, surpassing the 33 they have touched down in each of the previous editions and matching the record set by South Africa in the inaugural tournament in 2008. The Baby Blacks have now scored 136 tries in their 20 JWC matches, 98 of which they have turned into seven pointers.
- Only three drop goals were kicked at JWC 2011, by Scotland captain Duncan Weir, Italy's Michele Campagnaro and Johan Goosen of South Africa. This takes the tally to 17 across the four tournaments.
- Andrew Conway's first half try in Ireland's loss to Wales saw him draw level with New Zealand wing Zac Guildford as the all-time leading try scorer in JWC history on 10. Christian Wade's seven tries in Italy have lifted him level with Japan's Ryuhei Arita and Julian Savea as the next best on eight.
- Josateki Lalagavesi of Fiji kicked the most penalties at JWC 2011 with 14, four more than fly halves George Ford (England) and Johan Goosen (South Africa).
- The number of players to score a try at Junior World Championship 2011 was 119.
- Hosts Italy have scored the fewest points (58) and tries (6) at JWC 2011. Fiji’s emphatic loss to South Africa means they conceded the most points (216) and tries (32) of all 12 teams.
- The match average at JWC 2011 was 54.67 points, 6.8 tries, 4.93 conversions, 3.5 penalties, 0.10 drop goals and 0.77 yellow cards.
- The 12 teams kicked 105 penalties between them at JWC 2011, taking the total to 481 in Junior World Championship history.
- Tom Homer remains the leading point scorer in JWC history with 118 with Gareth Anscombe’s 86-point haul in 2011 lifting him to fourth on the all-time list behind Matthew Jarvis (116) and Francois Brummer (105).
And finally ...
- The tallest player in the tournament was New Zealand second row Dominic Bird at 205cm, with South African centre Bradley Moolman the shortest at 167cm.
- England prop Mako Vunipola was the heaviest player, weighing in at 130kg (20st 7lb), while French scrum half Sebastien Bezy was the lightest at 72kg (11st 5lb) before injury cut short his tournament.
- South Africa had the heaviest squad at an average of 99.5kg per man, while Tonga had the lightest at 94.2kg.
- The oldest squad in the tournament was New Zealand with an average age of 20 years one month, while the youngest was Tonga at 19 years seven months.
- England fly half George Ford was the youngest player at JWC 2011, having only turned 18 on 16 March. The youngest ever to play on the JWC stage, though, is Australia flanker Liam Gill, who only turned 18 between match days one and two at the 2010 tournament in Argentina.
- Scotland had the tallest squad at an average of 188cm per man and Tonga the shortest at 182cm.